Happening Elsewhere: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Super Bowl Attendee Scorned

Happening Elsewhere: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Super Bowl Attendee Scorned

Roger Goodell, Jerry Jones and company probably thought that minor monetary compensation, some free merch, and a guarantee of tix to a future Super Bowl would be good enough to get the 1250 or so fans not awarded their proper seats at last Sunday's main event off their back. Not so, it would seem, as apparently most of them are suing the NFL, the Cowboys and Jones for about $5 million in total damages, a number which might be increased under state trade law.

The problems arose as a result of planned sections of temporary seating at Cowboys Stadium which was not completed in time, leaving over a thousand people seatless at the game. About two-thirds of those people were moved to other seats, but about 400 of them were forced to watch on monitors or to use standing-room only platforms. "We think that this is a pretty straightforward matter," said Michael Avenatti of representing firm Eagan Avenatti. "People did not obtain what they were told they were going to get."

 

Understandable to me, in a weird way. Sure, these people are being handsomely compensated and should probably take their hush money and packages and shut up about it. But like no other event in pro sports, every Super Bowl is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and if somehow the Packers and/or Steelers never made it back to the big game (or did so in a year where a cross-country February trip was less than conducive) and I missed my one chance to see it right...I'd be irate, sure. I'd probably just write a strongly-worded letter or something, but if these people have the initiative to hire a lawyer and everything, then I guess that's cool too.

ESPN: Fans Sue Over Ticket Issues

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).