Monday December 4, 2023
Law

Washington AG Files Second Lawsuit Against Washington Commanders

  • D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine alleges Commanders "unlawfully" held back ticket deposits.
  • Racine sued Commanders, owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and Roger Goodell last week.
Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine speaks to media after filing law suit against Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder
A.J. Perez/FOS
Linkedin
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine has sued the Washington Commander again, this time over allegations that the team ran a “decades-long unlawful scheme” to hold back ticket deposits.

The consumer protection lawsuit was filed in Superior Court for the District of Columbia, exactly a week after Racine filed a civil complaint against the team for its role in allegedly impeding inquiries into hostile workplace investigations. 

“The Commanders’ arrogance and blatant disregard for the law is a slap in the face to District residents who have supported the team for decades,” Racine said in a statement. “We deserve better, and today my office is taking action yet again to hold them accountable.”

Washington AG to File Lawsuit Against Commanders, Dan Snyder, NFL

Focus on Snyder’s alleged involvement in toxic workplace and cover-up attempts.
November 10, 2022

Commanders owner Dan Snyder, the NFL, and Commissioner Roger Goodell are listed as defendants in the first lawsuit, which used the same broad consumer protection law in D.C. to establish jurisdiction. 

The latest lawsuit only has the Commanders listed as a defendant, and it doesn’t mention Syder once.

The complaint alleges the Commanders “improperly withheld hundreds of thousands of dollars in security deposits from hundreds of District consumers.” As of March, the team still held nearly $200,000 in unreturned deposits from D.C. residents, according to the lawsuit. 

“The team has not accepted security deposits for over 20 years in the case of premium tickets and over a decade in the case of suites, and we began returning them to season ticket holders as early as 2004,” a Commanders spokesperson said in a statement to Front Office Sports. “In 2014, as part of a comprehensive review, Team management was instructed to send notices to over 1,400 customers with deposits and return all security deposits requested. 

“Further, the team engaged an outside law firm and forensic auditors to conduct an extensive review of the team’s accounts which found no evidence that the team intentionally withheld security deposits that should have been returned to customers or that the team improperly converted any unclaimed deposits to revenue.”  

In a letter sent by the House Oversight Committee to the Federal Trade Commission in April, the Commanders allegedly held around $5 million of unreturned deposits as of July 2016. 

Linkedin
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

Commanders Spend Big On Current Home While Planning New Stadium

The Washington Commanders will keep upgrading FedEx Field.

New Indiana Pacers Investor Could Offer Succession Option

The Pacers are selling a 20% minority stake in the team.

Pittsburgh Seeks the Spoils of NFL Draft Traveling Road Show

NFL team looks to host key league event on Pittsburgh's North Shore.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts tosses the ball to fans after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Philadelphia Eagles Continue To Be NFL’s Biggest Draw

Philadelphia was once again in one of the NFL's most-watched games.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

CFP Selection Turns Heads with Controversial Selection

0:00
0:00

Featured Today

The College Football Playoff is considering rotating TV networks for the national championship game.

CFP Considers Super Bowl-Like Rotation For National Championship Game

Multiple networks could share rights to the championship game, sources told FOS.
Brett Favre
November 27, 2023

Favre Welfare Case Hold-Up? "AG’s Office Has Not Expressed Interest In Pursuing"

The DOJ interviewed Brett Favre in early 2020.
The future of the Pac-12 rests on a court decision.
November 24, 2023

The Pac-12 Plays Its Final Regular-Season Game. Then A Court Decides Its Fate.

The conference's future rests with a court decision.
Lane Kiffin
November 9, 2023

Ole Miss, Lane Kiffin Lawyers Argue for Dismissal of Player Lawsuit

FOS obtained audio of Lane Kiffin's interaction with the player behind lawsuit.

Careers

Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Wasserman
Multiple - USA Careers
Live Nation
Multiple - USA Careers
Saco Bay PT
Multiple - USA Careers
Deadspin

Coverage of a Fan’s Chiefs Getup Sparks Outrage. Legal Fallout? Not So Fast

Deadspin has faced criticism after Monday story on race.
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher on the bench against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Ravens 43-13.
November 10, 2023

Tuohy Family Paid Michael Oher Over $138K For ‘The Blind Side’

It contradicts Oher's original claims that he was not compensated.
Lane Kiffin
November 21, 2023

Ole Miss Player Alleges Lane Kiffin ‘Intended to Harm’ Him in Latest Filing

Ole Miss and Kiffin filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit earlier this month.
Sponsored

NHL’s Chris Foster on Amplifying Content Distribution With Automation

Learn how the NHL is using WSC Sports to increase fan engagement.
Lane Kiffin
November 10, 2023

Judge Issues Stay in Lawsuit Filed Against Ole Miss, Lane Kiffin

Pause comes after Ole Miss, Kiffin file a motion to dismiss.
November 8, 2023

Settlement Concludes Latest Challenge of MLB’s Antitrust Exemption

The trial was slated to begin on Nov. 13 before the settlement was reached.
Detailed view of the SRR initials on the Nike Epic React flyknit shoes of Sanya Richards-Ross during the 125th Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
November 8, 2023

Nike Sues New Balance, Skechers Over Flyknit Technology

Nike has previously sued Adidas, Puma, and Lululemon for the same infringement.
Former NFL player Tom Brady on the field before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Las Vegas Raiders at AT&T Stadium.
November 7, 2023

Athlete FTX Endorsers Face Uphill Battle After Bankman-Fried Conviction

Tom Brady and Shaquille O’Neal are among the celebrities being sued.