Consumer Fraud

So you want to go see the New York Jets play a football game. The Jets charge a lot of money for tickets to something they claim is a professional football game. They charge you for a license that grants you the "privilege" of being able to buy their expensive tickets. They charge you $40.00 just to park your car. A hot dog and a beer will run you $15.50 if you like Miller Lite, which in all fairness, probably meets the legal definition of beer even if it's crummy beer. The problem isn't expensive parking and concessions. It's the marketing of their on-the-field product as "professional football".

Now, I've seen professional football. It's on T.V. all the time. I'm pretty sure I know what it's supposed to look like. I'll bet some of you have seen it too. I've also seen what the Jets have been doing this year and I'm pretty sure that's NOT professional football. If you're going to charge exorbitant prices, you should at least get what you pay for. $6.00 may be a lot for a hot dog, but I'm reasonably certain what I get is a hot dog-and it comes with a bun.

If you're going to sell tickets to what is purportedly a professional football game, it means that there will be two professional teams on the field. When the Harlem Globetrotters play that team-you know, the Washington Generals or whoever they trot out there, it isn't really a game. Sure they make believe they're playing basketball for a little while, but then the Globetrotters start pulling their pants down and pouring buckets of water on their heads. They don't sell tickets to the game. They're selling tickets to an exhibition. The Jets play a little football but then the other team pulls their pants down and pours some water on them and just beats the heck out of them, but it isn't really a game. So don't charge like it is and don't pretend it's a game until you're ready to put an honest to goodness bona fide professional football team on the field damn it!

What we're seeing is an embarrassment and a fraud and has been for several years. It is an unconscionable commercial practice to charge those prices for this product. It is a false pretense to lure fans into thinking they are going to see an actual football game. It is a misrepresentation to claim that the Jets are an actual NFL professional football franchise. It's a fraud and I'm sick of it. Woody sells baby powder and band-aids and all kinds of personal care products. I believe that they are mostly legitimate items that are what they purport to be. What he is selling us as a football team is most assuredly not.

New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act

Under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, N.J.S.A. 56:8-2, consumer fraud is defined broadly as "any unconscionable commercial practice, deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise or misrepresentation . . . " in connection with the sale of goods, services or real estate. Prohibited conduct can take a variety of forms, including knowing omissions, affirmative misrepresentations, and certain statutory violations. Successful Consumer Fraud Act plaintiffs are entitled to treble damages and payment of their attorney’s fees.

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