A group of New York Jets season ticket holders are suing the organization for no longer requiring licenses for buying seats in MetLife Stadium's mezzanine.
The class-action suit was filed in Superior Court in Hackensack on Friday by an attorney for longtime Jets fans James T. Gengo of Trumbull, CT, who says he was required to pay $8,000 for personal seat licenses before he could buy two mid-level seats at the stadium before it opened in 2010.
The Jets rendered that outlay for him and more than 1,000 fellow fans "entirely or substantially worthless" -- violating consumer-protection laws in the process -- by announcing earlier this year that season tickets in his section don't require a PSL anymore.
Gengo and his co-plaintiffs want their PSL money back -- plus what they had to lay out to bring their suit to court.
Like other sports teams, the Jets have required the PSLs as a money maker to help pay its cost toward the new stadium. Holders can resell the license for however much they choose.
The licenses started out at $25,000 a pop in the lower bowl but have decreased by more than 80% over the past eight years.
As an offset to the new approach, the Jets are allowing mezzanine (200s) level ticket holders to move to the lower level at no additional PSL cost. The team also dropped the cost of tickets in the end zone 200s from $130 to $95 for next season.
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