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Canceled Hall of Fame Game Lawsuit Could Seek Travel Refunds for NFL Fans

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Members of the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers join members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016 during the public address announcement canceling the game. (Paul Spinelli via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 11 Aug 2016 02:07 PM

The NFL's canceled Hall of Fame Game may be the subject of a lawsuit that could open the league up to damages, said a lawyer who's sued it once before.

Michael Avenatti, who sued the NFL on behalf of about 150 plaintiffs who were left without seats for Super Bowl XLV at AT&T Stadium in Dallas five years ago, said that he could possibly file a tort claim this week based on the alleged negligence that forced the game to be canceled Sunday, wrote NBC Sports.

Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, was canceled when players and team officials agreed that the playing surface on the artificial turf field was not safe due to the painted logos there, ESPN reported.

NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent sent a memo to all NFL teams this week taking responsibility for the game's cancelation.

"While the [Hall of Fame] field situation underscored the challenges in working with third parties, ultimately I am accountable for ensuring the field is of the highest standard," Vincent wrote, adding that the league's football operations department "must demand and expect an extra level of detail in adhering to NFL standards ... for non-club fields."

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that it would reimburse ticket holders, but not take on hotel and other fan costs associated with the game, stated ESPN.

"We have been approached by no fewer than 20 individuals who traveled to the game to participate and be ready to enjoy the game," Avenatti told The Associated Press. "And unfortunately they did not have the opportunity to enjoy the game, and as a result lost a significant amount of money."

Avenatti told The AP that the NFL is to blame and that limiting the refund to tickets was a sign of greed.

"They could have offered what these fans paid for the tickets and to reimburse them for any expenses incurred," he said to The Associated Press.

In Avenatti's Super Bowl lawsuit, most of the plaintiffs collected some damages and were offered replacement tickets for a future Super Bowl.

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