Imagine this. You live in the Orlando area and you’ve been thinking about buying tickets for some time. Late last week, you hear that University of Florida coach Billy Donovan is coming to coach the team. So you plunk down $3,600 for two seats for two seats behind the basket. Then, Donovan reverses course. What do you do? You might ask for a refund. The question is, would you get it? You might immediately say “Yes.”
But is it a slam dunk if the team wants to put up a fight? Assuming the 200 fans that bought season tickets in the 24 hours surrounding Donovan’s hiring bought the average seats -- $40 per game for $1,800 a season -- that would mean that the Magic would have to refund $360,000. I called the team this morning and asked them if they were refunding tickets. A ticket representative told me that nothing had been determined yet.
Duke law school professor Paul Haagen told me earlier this week, he thought the team would have a case if they didn’t give the fans their money back. “I suspect that they intend to hold those ticket holders into their contracts and they’re not intending to release them,” Haagen told me. “They didn’t in fact guarantee that Billy Donovan would be the coach when they announced that he would be the coach.”