Fans appeal $76,000 ruling for Super Bowl seat mix-up

DALLAS — A group of disgruntled fans who sued the National Football League over a seating fiasco at the 2011 Super Bowl has appealed a $76,000 jury award in the hope of potentially receiving more money, the fans’ attorney said on Tuesday.

A federal jury in March ruled in favor of seven fans who claimed that the NFL breached its ticket contract with them by not having all temporary seats ready in time for the Super Bowl XLV game at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium on Feb. 6, 2011.

The jury sided with the fans on most points and awarded individual amounts ranging from about $5,700 to $22,000.

In the appeal filed last week, fans argued that claims of fraud against the NFL and allegations of deceptive trade practices should not have been dismissed by the district court.

The fans also claimed that the Dallas Cowboys should not have been dismissed as a party to the lawsuit because of their contract with the NFL to deliver the seats and sell some tickets.

Clippers fined $250,000 for violating league rules

The Los Angeles Clippers have been fined $250,000 by the National Basketball Association for violating NBA rules prohibiting teams from offering players unauthorized business or investment opportunities.

According to the NBA, the violation involved a presentation made by the Clippers to free agent DeAndre Jordan on July 2 that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity for the player.

“While the NBA’s investigation ultimately concluded that the presentation of this opportunity had no impact on Jordan’s decision to re-sign with the Clippers, the team’s conduct nevertheless violated the league’s anti-circumvention rules,” the NBA said in a statement on Tuesday.

Rays’ Loney suspended one game

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount on Tuesday for bumping an umpire during Saturday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.

Loney made contact with home-plate umpire Paul Nauert after a called third strike.

Loney was to serve the suspension on Tuesday night when the Rays play the Minnesota Twins, but he appealed the ruling and the penalty will be delayed until he receives a hearing.

Canadiens hire Ramsay as consultant

Longtime NHL head and assistant coach Craig Ramsay joined the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday as a consultant.

Ramsay was with the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant last season. He has served as an assistant and a head coach in the NHL for multiple teams and also played in the league for 14 seasons.

The 64-year-old Ramsay was the last head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers during the 2010-11 season and also stepped in during his long career as an interim coach for the Buffalo Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Nationals’ Span returns

Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span came off the disabled list, and his return means the Nationals have their planned Opening Day starting lineup available for the first time this season.

Span missed the past six weeks with a lower-back injury. He is batting .304 with five homers and 11 stolen bases in 54 games this season. Span hit .302 with 31 stolen bases a year ago.


Joe McLaughlin

McLaughlin (right) is a Stearns High School and University of Maine graduate who worked for three years at the Aroostook Republican and News in Caribou as a reporter and editor. He has worked on the BDN...