Blue Jays: Pair of fans file class action lawsuit over tickets
A pair of New York Mets fans are upset about not getting refunds, and they’ve filed a class action lawsuit against MLB, which could include the Blue Jays.
Since it’s groundhog day again, and it’s a bit of a slow news day in the baseball world, I thought I’d bring to your attention a report from Jesse Rogers of ESPN from the other day.
Rogers reported that two New York baseball fans are so upset about the lack of refunds on their purchased tickets for games that obviously aren’t happening, that they’ve actually made the step of taking this to court. In fact, they’re “seeking class-action certification and to add more plaintiffs who are ‘similarly situated.’ “, which is where the connection the Blue Jays would come in.
The plaintiffs are looking to not only take their case to court, but they want to see anyone who is in a similar situation get their money returned. That means that if they’re successful in this whole endeavour, they would be holding all MLB teams, and even ticket resellers accountable for this whole mess.
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To be fair, I don’t have any direct experience with this situation, and I can only go off of reports I’ve seen elsewhere. In an article posted on Narcity.com on April 21, they mentioned reaching out to the Blue Jays for comment on the situation, but didn’t have anything new to offer. I have noticed a few fans talking about it on Twitter as well, with some indicating that they’ve been successful, while others are still waiting. Of course, I can’t verify those situations.
What I can tell you is what is on the Blue Jays website at the moment, and in the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section, they included an update on March 17th that asked, “what should I do with my Blue Jays regular season tickets?” The answer:
"“We ask that Blue Jays fans with tickets to regular season games hold on to them for the time being. We will share MLB plans for the 2020 schedule when they become available. Fans can also check bluejays.com and @BlueJays on social media for the latest updates.”"
To be fair, no one really knows what’s going to happen with the MLB season, or if there will be one at all. The technicality in this seems to be that the games haven’t officially been “cancelled”, as they’re still considered “postponed” at the moment. To be on the safe side, I scrolled through every tweet that the Blue Jays’ twitter account has put out since that March 17th announcement, and I didn’t find any further information about tickets for the time being.
On another note, if the MLB office is successful in putting together an “Arizona Plan” or a three-city structure to get baseball back, that won’t be a scenario that would satisfy fans in Toronto, or in New York. Of course, we don’t know if that’s going to happen yet or not, but it would be another complicating factor.
For the time being, it’s more or less on hold, and for those two fans looking to see the Mets this year, that’s not good enough. We’ll see if it goes any further than that, and more importantly, how the Blue Jays proceed once things have been sorted out.