Thursday, September 3, 2009
Although I am a fan of the Chicago Bears (Walter Payton edition), I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for the Washington Redskins and especially for their Hogettes. Well, I’ll always love those beefy cross-dressing pig-snouted guys, but my sympathy for the team has just fizzled. As reported in the Washington Post, the team has gone to court to enforce the terms of long-term contracts with seasons-ticket holders, even if the ticket holders are unable to pay because of unforeseen changes in circumstances, such as the loss of their livelihoods. The Post tells the story of Pat Hill, a seasons-ticket holder since the early 1960s. Now 72 and still working in real estate, Hill has had some down years recently and can no longer afford $5300 a year for her two loge seats behind the end zone.
Unfortunately for Hill, she had entered into a 10-year agreement with the Redskins, which the team is demanding she honor. The team sued and won a $66,364 default judgment. Redskins General Counsel, David Donovan, claims the team has done its best to work with its fans and has compromised with those open to negotiation. He was not familiar with Ms. Hill’s case. While Mr. Donovan was under the impression that all teams sue their fans, the Post reports that many do not. The Bears, alas, do so on occasion, but I’m sure it’s only if the fans are downright evil.
[Jeremy Telman -- HT Zachary Calo]