Still unmatched in poor public relations among all of Major League Baseball, the Miami Marlins have threatened a lawsuit against season-ticket holders who complained the team obstructed their front-row view with a billboard. The green padding, about seven inches of it, can be seen by comparing the two photos above.
Jan and Bill Leon told the Miami New Times (them again?!) that they paid $25,000 for two seats along the third-base line for the inaugural season at Marlins Park in 2012, but the team put up a billboard at midseason that blocked part of their view and put them in greater danger regarding foul balls. Requests made by phone and letter asking the team to move their seats to a new location, or to have the billboard shortened (go digital!), went unanswered, the Leons said. When the season ended, the Leons informed the Marlins they would not be returning for another year (their agreement was for two seasons) unless their complaints were addressed. And they wouldn't be paying unless the Marlins did.
"They've pooped on fans' feelings for years," Jan Leon says. "These seats are not what we paid for."
The part about not paying must have gotten the Marlins attention, because March 8, the Leons got a response — a letter from Derek Jackson, the Marlins' vice president and general counsel. He said nothing about the billboard dispute, but did say the Leons were contractually obligated to buy a second season. If they didn't pay by later this month, the Marlins would "reserve any right to pursue any and all appropriate legal and equitable remedies available to it at that time under the Premium Seat Agreement and under the law." Plus interest, collection costs and legal fees, if appropriate. Blah, blah, blah. Here's the entire letter:Read More »from Miami Marlins threaten lawsuit against season-ticket holder after dispute of obstructed view