NFL Will Refund Most Tickets If Lockout Occurs Next Season

Even as NFL fans are enjoying this season, the specter of a lockout for the 2011 season looms large. With that work stoppage looking more and more possible every day, the league has had to make a decision on how to deal with ticket refunds should the league come to a grinding halt next year. And for most people, it’s not horrible news.

All 32 teams in the NFL will offer full refunds for most tickets purchased to preseason and regular season games. What won’t be covered by the league’s refund policy are club seats, luxury box/suite seats and Personal Seat Licenses. It will be up to each franchise’s discretion to decide how they deal with those tickets.

More details on the refunds, according to USA Today:

• Fans will get a full refund for all canceled preseason and regular-season games.

• Season and partial season ticket holders will have the option to get their money back either in the form they paid (such as a personal check or credit card) or as a credit toward ticket purchases for future games.

• Fans buying individual game tickets can either get a refund or the option to swap their canceled game ticket for a game selected by the club and subject to availability.

• When will fans get their money back? The NFL says they’ll be paid no later than 30 days after the final determination of how many games will be played next season.

The NFL estimates that each canceled game would cost an NFL team around $7-8 million in refunds.

Refunds for NFL fans if games canceled by labor dispute [USA Today]


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  1. Cameraman says:

    Goshdarn unions robble robble robble greedy owners razzle frazzle gonna just start watching the Lingerie League growl growl growl growl growl. Harumph.

  2. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    Pity the Poor NFL players, getting paid so little (for doing something that provides so little of value) that they need to pimp sneakers and stuff . Boo Hoo.

    • obits3 says:

      Too be quite honest, these guys take a pounding on their bodies that kinda makes the pay seem fair. Plus, value is relative to what the market will bare. The market wants to see these guys push and shove to move a football around a field.

      • kenj0418 says:

        “market will bare” — made me chuckle after the other comments about the Lingerie League.

      • xxmichaelxx says:

        “Too be quite honest, these guys take a pounding on their bodies that kinda makes the pay seem fair.”
        Lemme guess: You’ve never done any sort of manual labor?

    • danmac says:

      The sad thing is that due to their lifestyles, some of the players really are poor. I was listening to a sports podcast yesterday and one of the analysts was talking about how the NBA players association would hesitate to strike next season because many of the players can’t afford to live a year without suffering financial hardship. It totally floored me.

      • Cameraman says:

        I’m from the hood, stupid, what type of facts are those?
        If you grew up with holes in your zapatos,
        you’d celebrate the minute you was having dough.

        -American philosopher and poet Jay-Z

    • cynical_reincarnation says:

      Strike = started by the players union.

      Lockout = started by the owners

      Its the owners that should be lined up for this, not the players.
      (not that i dont agree with you, they make way too much, but thats what they can negotiate for. I’d be demanding a big chunk of money if they made so much off my name and likeness. /jealous)

    • c_c says:

      Don’t you mean “Pity the poor owners,making such tiny profits (for doing something that provides so little of value) that they feel the need to make more money by exposing the players to greater risk of injury with no added benefit to them…”

      As others have said, lockout = the owners call. They want to extend the season to 18 games to make more $$, which would come at the cost of more injuries in an already injury-plagued game. The players are fine w/ the current pay/revenue system and want to play, but it’s the owners who want to reduce the percentage of revenues that go to players… also during a lockout the owners would profit because off all the guaranteed money from their TV deals, none of which they’d have to give to players if the games aren’t played…

      • kryptonianjorel says:

        18 Week season, not 18 game season. Right now its 17 weeks and 16 games. They’ve already said that if they expand the season to 18 weeks, all the teams would get 2 bye weeks instead of one, still 16 games

  3. danmac says:

    Gd, wh s ths hr…t’s nt smthng cr bt. dn’t wtch ftbll; t’s fr ncltrd hthns. Ppl shld rd mr. t’s nt lk th plyrs ctll grw p n yr ct. Gttng pd $,, t ctch bll whl tchrs gt pd $,/yr s jst crmnl.

    • obits3 says:

      Not if you consider the risk of bodily injury. A better comparison would be the pay of our military.

      • danmac says:

        True, but to tell you the truth, I wasn’t putting much effort into it.

        And damn, I forgot to rail about how sports teams cost taxpayers money that could have otherwise been spent on the arts.

        • obits3 says:

          Yes, but Art is in the eye of the beholder. I know some art majors that got FREE money to go to school (at the taxpayers expense, of course). At least with a football team, everybody can watch the team play on TV.

          All kidding aside, should governments even be funding Art & Sports (outside of schooling)?

          “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

          Notice, Congress was never given power to fund the Arts. They were given power to give authors copyrights. Also, note that this was to only apply to “Useful Arts.” That Blue Dog has really been useful to society…

          • Megalomania says:

            Except for the people who can’t afford tickets to go to the stadium that their tax dollars built and have the game blacked out on TV. oops.

        • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

          The amount of money taxpayers have spent on fancy stadiums in response to extortion by Pro Sports (Build a stadium, or we’ll leave town) is OBSCENE.

    • shaleoil24 says:

      wow, what an absolute heel you are. I agree that teachers are important, but they also aren’t getting millions of fans to shell out money for tickets, cable packages, jerseys, so why should they be paid more than say any average white collar office worker? Not just that, but the average NFL career is about 3 years. The average teacher can work and earn for a lot longer than that.

      Haven’t commented yet about your post on reading, which is beyond stupid. Many people watch a few hours of football a week, which seems to leave plenty of time for reading. I seem to remember one season watching both college and pro football regularly, and also finishing East of Eden and All the King’s Men over the course of a few months.

      • asten77 says:

        Heh, most teachers don’t exactly make what a degreed, white collar office worker makes. Often, not in the same ballpark.

    • jtheletter says:

      Your absolutely right. Even though this is a major consumer issue since we’re talking about up to $8 million in CUSTOMER refunds per game. But since you don’t buy this particular product it’s not a worthwhile consumer issue.

      Could you hurry up and post your personal list of products you do buy so we can tailor the site entirely to your desires? Thanks!


    • sponica says:

      I can’t tell if you’re being snarky or serious…but speaking as a football fan (and I’m an elitist snob with 2 degrees, one from a jesuit university) I do agree people should read more but I also think there’s no harm in watching 16 games a year, a couple more if your team makes the playoffs.

    • dolemite says:

      I’ve never understood people getting so attached to a team either. It’s like they are ready to fight your mother over an insult to “their” team. They feel like they personally accomplish something when their team wins. I don’t think whooping and hollering at the sports bar while your beer sloshed around and your memorizing a bunch of useless stats *actually* pushed your team to victory dude.

      • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

        “Well, what MY team did is bla bla bla and WE won the game…”

        Dudes like this really need to get a life. YOUR team? Wow, I didn’t realize they couldn’t function without you telling them what to do!

        • obits3 says:

          You must become one with your team. I think Buddha said it or something.

        • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

          Maybe if the PA announcer didn’t introduce the players as “your (insert city-state-province-school/team name here)!!!!” then people wouldn’t consider the overpaid players and over-profiting owners as such.

    • coffeeculture says:

      i was wondering when a bitchy/stick up the ass “football is for cavemen…go watch ballet” post would pop up. hahaha

    • Grungo says:

      Supply and demand! There’s an absolutely crushing amount of terrible and mediocre teachers, but very few incredible athletes.

      • Evil_Otto would rather pay taxes than make someone else rich says:

        There’s also many outstanding teachers who don’t come close to getting paid what they’re worth. Not everyone is a rock star, and as far as there being “tons”.. low pay means people don’t go into teaching as opposed to a job where they don’t get paid what they’re worth and where they have parents and administrators micromanaging them to within an inch of their lives.

        All this talk of “getting rid of bad teachers” kinda makes me ill. Who defines what a “bad teacher” is? Little Snotleigh’s parents who are outraged she didn’t get an A for C-level work? Parents who have issues with the (often state-mandated) curriculum they’re teaching? Outraged seniors who view every tax dollar spent on the schools as a personal insult? Some overpaid “consultant” who’s never taught a single class?

  4. Monkey says:

    Pity the poor players, being paid a fortune to play a game.

    Pity the poor owners, making a fortune on tickets, concessions, tv licensing, etc to put on a show involving players.

    Owners have a lot of power, so does the players’ union. Sounds like a fight between equals if you ask me. And everyone likes a fair fight.

    Both sides are making a fortune, and stand to lose a fortune if they can’t come to an agreement. Do I like football? Sure. Will I find something else to watch? Absolutely.

    Perhaps they should just put a steel cage deathmatch on PPV and use those revenues to balance out the agreement.

    • obits3 says:

      I pity the fool who does not pay $15.99 for a bag of popcorn!


    • c_c says:

      Actually the owners will still make money during a lockout – they have oodles of guaranteed cash from all the TV deals… and won’t have to pay any player salaries, and they’ll also stop players (and their family’s) health benefits if there is a lockout.

      I’m no apologist for the player’s union, but I wouldn’t say they’re quite equals w/ the owners in terms of negotiating in this specific case…

  5. do-it-myself says:

    The NCAA is far superior. My team is really MY team, because I actually attended that school…although there are bandwagoners of teams. It just makes the rest of us look bad….Looking at YOU, UF (not my school).

    But think of it this way…is “America” ready to get receive less of their original Reality TV?

    • Illusio26 says:

      NCAA is a joke. Well the BCS at any rate.

      • do-it-myself says:

        Yeah, the BCS is a different story. It’s like a story of the rich getting richer and the poor never having a chance. Very much like a caste system. You have to marry up into a different conference to even get a taste. Those already there want to keep the status quo of always expecting a BCS game.

    • djanes1 says:

      Bandwagon NCAA fans drive me nuts. I chose my school partly because it sucked at sports. When the Big State School won the National Championship, the local students at my college were overjoyed, bragging that “We” had “won”. No, actually another college won, one that you could have attended since it seems you like them so much.

    • NinjaPanda says:

      Just because UF is that awesome, (except this year) doesn’t mean you need to take any cheap shots at it. Personally I’d blame the media and ESPN for plastering a certain qb everywhere…

  6. KyleOrton says:

    The TV contracts are written with a lockout or strike in mind and the league will be paid regardless. That’s where the money is.

    • Underpants Gnome says:

      I can just imagine how favorable those networks’ news stories about the lockout will be when they’re shelling out millions for the rights to show non-existent games.

    • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

      Au contraire. The networks will recoup that portion of what they paid for TV rights should there be a work stoppage. The problem is they can’t recoup lost profits over and beyond what they paid for them.

  7. Nighthawke says:

    The irony of seeing the legend of Green Bay on a page discussing a potential lockout.

    What would Lombardi say in a situation like this?

    He would most likely curse, say a few choice words and one of his famous rules “When you come to the stadium, you talk nothing but football. Nothing else, period!” He was a no-nonsense coach that took pride in hard work and showed dedication to the team. This talk of a lockout is ridiculous and the issue should be settled before any further damage is done.

  8. mstrmike says:

    Those refunds are going to sit in owner’s accounts until the last possible second. They’ll be counting those pennies even as they file for those insurance policies that allow them to avoid good faith negotiations.
    Seat license fees won’t be given back without the Supreme Court 9 and Ocean’s Eleven getting involved. The whole point of the NFL, like Congress, is to only spend someone else’s money and always act like it is yours.
    When it’s all said and done fans will pay more, players will play more games for a little less money, former players will die younger, and local governments will fall all over themselves to try and throw cash into the carpetbags of the owners.

  9. AllanG54 says:

    If this lockout is a sure thing there will be lots of tickets not sold to begin with because who would want to wait for a refund.

  10. areaman says:

    There’s a loophole for the owners (so they won’t have to offer a refund AND lock the players out) mentioned in the article…

    As for whether the league is considering replacement players, he wouldn’t say.

    “100% of our negotiating focus is to get an agreement — and to get an agreement that’s fair to the players, fair to the clubs and good for fans. I wouldn’t know how to comment on contingencies on not getting an agreement. We’re planning on getting an agreement.”

  11. Hooray4Zoidberg says:

    I really wonder how a lockout could affect the economy, think about how much money is dumped into advertising, marketing and website sites devoted to football news and fantasy football. There are literally millions of jobs that might not exist next year.

  12. YoungGod says:

    bfd bfd bfd bfd….. Anyone stupid enough to have spent money on ‘bread and circus’ will just go spend it on some other stupid purchase.

    Organized sports are worse than organized religion, although their followers are the same type of pushy loudmouths, who believe the whole world should look at their ‘devotional’ as proof of the validity of their obsession.

    The ‘owners’ in both cases are the wealthiest SOBs on the planet, and yet hoards of ‘grown-up, water-headed babies’ are willing to line up to give up a huge percentage of their hourly wages as a show of ‘faith’ in the holiness that is Grand Pointless Spectacle.

    PT Barnum would roll over in his grave at the thought of giving refunds to SUCKERS and Chumps.