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NFL Announces Refund Plan in Case of Cancelled Games

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By Jason Beahm on November 30, 2010 12:09 PM

It's looking more and more like there will be an NFL lockout. It might sound crazy but that's sports law. Unless a new collective bargaining agreement for next season is reached, a lockout (NFL owners not permitting NFL union players to show up to work) could happen.

So what will that mean for NFL season ticket holders? Will there be an NFL refund for cancelled games? Will fans be stuck holding the proverbial bag?

Not according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"We are working hard to secure an agreement with the union that is fair and forward-thinking to ensure our game is sound and strong well into the future ... We know we will reach an agreement at some point. We all want football without interruption, but our fans are entitled to know now that they would receive refunds if any games are canceled," Goodell told USA Today.

The NFL will give full refunds for general admission seats for all preseason and regular season games that are cancelled by a work stoppage. However, those refunds will not include Personal Seat Licenses or club and luxury seats. It will be up to individual teams to decide how to handle the luxury accomodations on a team-by-team basis.

The fact that there will be an NFL refund is hardly shocking. To do otherwise would be unconscionable. An interesting question raised by NBC Sports: "What happens if the league decides to use replacement players?" Most likely, the league would not offer a refund in that case.

The NFL has said that ticket holders will receive refunds within 30 days after the determination of the number of games that will be played next season.

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