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Marlins Suing Fan to Seize Building as Part of Dispute over Season Tickets

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2017

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria watches during the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Marlins and the New York Mets, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Miami. The Marlins defeated the Mets 6-3. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey H. Loria is reportedly suing a fan of the team in an attempt to seize his property, according to Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times:

"According to court records ... Loria's team is suing a fan named Kenneth Sack in Broward County to take a $725,000 building he owns in Oakland Park—all as part of the same ugly dispute that has led the team to sue at least nine season ticket holders and luxury-suite owners since 2003."

The dispute began in 2012, when the Marlins asked season ticket holders to sign contracts stating they would buy tickets for three or four seasons in exchange for perks like "pre- and postgame buffets and private parking," per Elfrink.

But Elfrink noted season ticket holders said the Marlins began reneging on those perks as attendance dropped at the new Marlins Park: "The parking spaces and private entrances disappeared, and the buffet was stocked with crappy panini night after night, they say."

In turn, many of the fans who had agreed to purchase multiple years of season tickets did not follow through. And Loria and the Marlins responded by suing the fans who didn't honor those agreements. One of those fans was Sack, who agreed to a four-year ticket deal at $129,600 but decided against re-upping after the first year, per Elfrink.

The Marlins are suing him for the balance they believe they are owed and have "initiated a foreclosure proceeding for a commercial building Sack owns in Oakland Park, arguing that they can seize the property to fulfill the $97,200 he owes them; they [asked] the judge to appoint a receiver so they can begin collecting rent from the location," according to Elfrink.

Attorney Daniel Rose, who represents another former season ticket holder engaged in legal proceedings with the Marlins, is perplexed by Loria's actions.

"I don't understand why Major League Baseball continues to allow Jeffrey Loria to behave like this," he told Elfrink. "At the end of the day, what is the motive to go after fans like this? It just shows their greed and a complete lack of respect for their fanbase.

"I'm baffled why Major League Baseball is just sitting back with their heads in the sand while Jeffrey Loria treats his own fans like this."

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