A lawyer plans to sue the NFL over cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game

By SI Wire
August 09, 2016

A lawyer who once sued the NFL over a mix-up in seating at Super Bowl XLV is once again filing suit against the league, this time after the Hall of Fame Game was canceled because of an issue with the playing surface.

Attorney Michael Avenatti said on Twitter that he planned on "filing a class [action] within days. $0 for fan expenses is a disgrace.” Pro Football Talk confirmed the tweet came from Avenatti.

Sunday's scheduled Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, between the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts was canceled because paint that was used on the midfield logo and both end zones caused the field to become unplayable. Officials from the Hall of Fame and NFL shut the game down due to concerns about player safety.

The Hall of Fame said on its website that fans will be refunded their money, whether the ticket was purchased on a credit card, by check or in cash.

Avenatti has sued the league before after Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

A federal judge ordered the NFL to pay almost $76,000 to seven fans who arrived at the game between the Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers to find no seats or found their seats had obstructed views of the field. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones testified in the case, but the jury found that league did not purposely defraud fans.

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