Now the Marlins Are Suing a Fan to Seize His $725000 Building

Vincent De Villiers
Julho 11, 2017

The Miami New Times reports that the Marlins have been in a battle with season-ticket holders who reneged on their season ticket contracts once it became clear the Marlins were not going to uphold their promises of perks including free parking and VIP entrances at their new ballpark-let alone field a watchable team.

But in the meantime, the team has used that judgment to try to nab a building owned by Sack. "It just shows their greed and a complete lack of respect for their fan base". He apparently paid the entire $32,400 for the first season, but chose to end the deal after the Marlins reportedly retracted their VIP promises.

"I don't understand why Major League Baseball continues to allow Jeffrey Loria to behave like this", attorney Daniel Rose told the New Times.

In turn, numerous fans who had agreed to purchase multiple years of season tickets stopped doing so.

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Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter had initially planned to team up to buy the Marlins, but Bush chose to leave the group because he reportedly wanted to be "the control person". So starting in 2013, the team began suing anyone who walked away after the first round of season tickets. Sack reportedly signed a four-year contract for season tickets at $16,200 per seat in 2012. Across professional sports, fans often decide to walk away from long-term season-ticket promises - almost every other team decides not to endure the public-relations nightmare of waging legal fights against the fans who support their club (not to mention the taxpayers who built the stadium).

In January, the team won a judgment against Sack for the full $97,200, but his attorney appealed, arguing that he'd missed key hearings and filings after suffering a heart attack and spending months in the hospital. The Marlins are now suing him for $97,200 and are trying to seize his building. The Marlins say he owes them $97,200. A spokesperson for the Marlins didn't immediately respond to a message from New Times.

Manfred made his comments as the Marlins prepared to host the first All-Star Game in Florida on Tuesday. For now, be warned: Don't sign any contracts with the Fish unless you're ready for them to come after your property if things go sour.

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