Funds over Fans? – Daniel Beebe


We all know that money rules when it comes to the National Football League, but what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are doing to their fans is absolutely absurd. Some season ticket holders are furious with the organization after ownership revoked their right to purchase season tickets for “No legitimate reason”.

The Buccaneers are in a class action lawsuit that currently involves two plaintiffs, Sean Fontaine and Louis Mendel, but could involve many more season ticket holders. The two parties who filed the petition against the Buccaneers allege that the Bucs are in a breach of contract, contractual renewal rights, unjust enrichment, and misrepresentation, just to name a few of the violations.

The problem started, according to Fontaine, when he sold/gave away 6 of his season tickets during the 2016 season when he could not make it to the game himself. Instead of leaving his seats open, the Bucs encouraged him to sell said tickets through the NFL ticket exchange, so that is what he did. After he did that, the Bucs informed him that the reason they were revoking his right to purchase tickets in the future was that he violated the team’s policy barring the resale of tickets.The Fontaines claim that they purchased their season tickets for $75.00, but when the team resold their tickets they found them on StubHub for almost 10x the face value. Since the incident, the couple has become season ticket holders of the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is terrible news for the Buccaneers. We are losing too many games and now we are losing fans. The Buccaneers need to make this right for everyone.

Does this make any sense? Fans just want ownership to pay for their mistakes and do what is right. I can’t say I blame them.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not yet released a statement regarding the lawsuit.


Edited By: Morgan Adele