A couple of fans have sued MLB…and the individual teams…and the ticket reselling agencies over refund policies during the Covid-19 pandemic. It seems they are from New York, but the suit was filed in California. It always amazes me how lawyers shop for jurisdictions, but that’s beside the point here.
Apparently teams are not refunding tickets, treating the games thus far as postponements and not cancellations. MLB officials have indicated refund decisions will be made once final plans for the season have been made. The fans who filed suit, and are looking for others to join them, don’t feel they should have to wait.
Now, I’m not going to try to get into the legalities of the case, because I don’t know them. I will say that in the current climate, not refunding money to any ticket holder who requests it is pretty tone deaf. Many people are unexpectedly out of work. Many more have taken significant pay cuts, and money previously committed to the luxury of going to games is now needed for more important uses.
It’s a certainty already that there will not be a full 162 game schedule. It’s also very likely any games, at least before July at soonest, will be in empty venues. The current plan trying to be worked to have even a possibility of games before July at all calls for all of them to be in Arizona. To me, at minimum, the right thing to do is offer 50% refunds to any season ticket holder that asks for one. Now.
(Eventually, of course, refunds—prorated if a season does happen with games in front of live fans—will occur, along with option to apply the money to 2021 or whatever.)