Should Fans Have To Pay For Tix For Bad Teams?

Earlier today we brought you word that the Miami Heat organization has been filing lawsuits against individuals and companies who owe the team money for their season tickets. Most of the suits seem to address last season, when the Heat were a dreadful 15-67 and regularly trotting out a lineup of D-Leaguers. One lady is defending herself by saying that the team failed to provide the product it promised.

Empty Miami Heat game

So why shouldn’t people be able to back out of tickets if the product isn’t what was expected, as was the case with the Heat last year? If teams aren’t making the effort win games (which can be argued most every March in regard to several NBA teams, and every day in regard to the Detroit Lions), then why should fans be expected to pay for it?

Should fans be able to get a refund for season tickets during a season?

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I’m not necessarily saying that people should be able to turn in their tickets for a full refund at any time. There is something to the notion of a contract and season-ticket holders do get discounts from the single-game face value of seats:

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