Fans sue Major League Baseball over 'unusable tickets for unplayable games'

Fans sue Major League Baseball over 'unusable tickets for unplayable games'
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Two baseball fans have filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, and the 30 teams involved in the league, requesting a refund for "unusable tickets for unplayable games in the midst of this economic crisis," the case description said.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Los Angeles by Matthew Ajzenman after he bought a partial season plan for more than 20 Mets games, according to CNBC.

"Under the pretext of 'postponing' games, at the directive of MLB, teams and ticket merchants are refusing to issue refunds for games which are not going to be played as scheduled — if ever," the lawsuit said.


Ajzenman said the Mets partial-season plan he purchased amounted to $1,730, adding that he made the first payment to the team of about $317 last year.

Alongside him is Susan Terry-Bazer, who reportedly paid $926 to take her family to a Red Sox-Yankees game in May.

"The defendants continue to retain enormous profits from tickets sold for the 2020 MLB season at the expense of fans' financial hardship," the suit said, adding that Ticketmaster, Stubhub, Live Nation and Last Minute Transactions are on the list of defendants.

Both fans are requesting full restitution on MLB tickets sold in 2020, as well as a declaratory judgment stating that the MLB's decision to continue selling regular season tickets violates California law.

The MLB organization previously said it is awaiting government and medical direction on when to proceed the 2020 season following its response to postpone games until mid-May on March 26.

The league and the players' union have considered the possibility of holding games in empty stadiums, although no official decision has been made.

MLB did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.