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Flyers being sued for Winter Classic missteps

Here’s hoping that the team I cover, the Red Wings, are learning from the Philadelphia Flyers’ Winter Classic missteps regarding both the treatment of their alumni and the treatment of their fans and season ticket-holders, as noted by this Associated Press story:

Lawyers representing a group of Philadelphia Flyers season ticket-holders have sued the team’s owner over its policy for tickets to the outdoor Winter Classic. The owner calls the lawsuit frivolous.

Jenkintown, Pa.-based Stern & Eisenberg filed the suit against Comcast-Spectacor in New Jersey’s Mercer County Superior Court. The lawsuit says team owners breached the contract by forcing season ticket-holders to purchase tickets to the Jan. 2 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park separately and at a higher price.

The suit says fans who bought a 44-game season ticket package for 2011-2012 got only 43 tickets. The plaintiffs say those who bought season tickets were told they would have to purchase Winter Classic tickets separately.

The Legal Intelligencer reports that thousands of ticket holders could be affected. Comcast-Spectacor says in a statement that the claim is frivolous and that it will “vigorously defend” itself.

There was that and the whole, “If you want Winter Classic tickets, you have to buy tickets to the alumni game and the Phantoms-Bears outdoor AHL game” issue…

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DetroitHockey's avatar

Wings already got around this by specifically saying that season tickets for next year don’t include the Winter Classic.  I don’t know whether “You have to buy these tickets for more than you expected” or “You might not even get a chance to buy these tickets for whatever the price ends up being” is worse.

Posted by DetroitHockey on 05/07/12 at 06:24 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Yes, it’s being kicked around that with a capacity of 112,000 or more that there will be very few tix available for the general public.

I fully expect there will be 30-40,000 Leafs fans there, how come Wings fans will get shut out?  C’mon over from Toronto and Branford and Hamilton and Mississauga by all means, stay a few nights, eat some deep dish pizza and spend those Loonies.  But I fully expected to be able to get two tix without going to ebay or one of the rip off resellers with exhorbitant overhead.

Posted by RWBill on 05/07/12 at 07:36 PM ET


The game is run be the league and they compensate the home team for the lost revenue of the home game.

The big difference is that the 2013 game was announced in time before Wings season ticket renewals were due.  So they were able to adjust packages accordingly. In Pittsburgh in 2011 our packages were adjusted to 42 games, and then we had to buy the Winter Classic separately.

If you don’t like it, you don’t have to buy the tickets.  Otherwise, learn to deal with it.  No one is twisting your arm.

Posted by letsgopronovost on 05/07/12 at 08:01 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

If you don’t like it, you don’t have to buy the tickets.

The most winning customer service model ever. It’s as if the NHL were to post a price schedule for the winter classic over a picture of someone grabbing his ankles.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/08/12 at 08:02 AM ET


So you can only buy PARTIAL season ticket plans when your team hosts the Winter Classic. Nice to know they get all your money up front from loyal season ticket holders that renew in advance or have multi-season packages and then once they get the big event they screw you to the wall.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/08/12 at 09:36 AM ET

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