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Fan sues NFL over Super Bowl ticket prices

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An American football fan has filed a lawsuit against the NFL over the way they distribute tickets for the Super Bowl.

Josh Finkelman of New Brunswick, New Jersey – where the game is taking place this year at MetLife Stadium – is upset at having to pay $4000 for two tickets to the game which is way above the face value price being offered to fans of the teams involved.

Finkelman contends the league’s ticketing policy is a violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, which prohibits withholding more than 5 percent of seating from the public for any event to be sold at other than face value.

For most people, a ticket to the Super Bowl is out of reach. The average ticket price now is $3,432.90, according to TiqIQ, a bit less than prices last year around this time, which were $3,521.44.

Here's how the NFL breaks down the ticket distribution:

• Participating 2 teams share: 35 percent

• Host teams NYG/NYJ share: 6.2 percent

• Remaining 28 teams share 33.6 percent (1.2 percent each)

• League retains: 25.2 percent (NFL sells tickets to media members, media partners, and sponsors)

Diane Sammons, a lawyer for Finkelman, says the organizations often distributes tickets to the secondary market in pricey packages including transportation and entertainment, such as pre-parties. And the franchises get a cut of these packages.

Realistically, the case won’t be heard until after the Super Bowl has come and gone. But it is hoped that the NFL will change its policies for the future, allowing football fans in general, not just of the teams taking part, to enjoy the spectacle.

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