In response to media inquiries about the Post’s upcoming story and certain information the Post has provided today on its website, the team provides the following information to provide balance and a more complete picture than the one the Post is attempting to portray.
On average, the team has filed twenty to thirty lawsuits each year since 2005 to try to enforce long-term contracts of corporate suite and club seat holders who defaulted on their obligations. Those lawsuits represent less than ½ of one percent of all the contracts the team has for the more than twenty-five thousand corporate suites and club seats at FedExField.
The Redskins, like other NFL teams and many other businesses (including, presumably, the Washington Post) relies on long-term contracts to plan and run its business. Only a small fraction of a percent of our contracts ever default, out of the many thousands of contracts for the more than 25,000 suite and club seats at our Stadium. The Post’s focus on a tiny minority of suite and club seat holders who have defaulted on their contracts and against whom the Team has been forced to take legal action is unfair to the Redskins and the enormous efforts we make to reach out to and work with fans who find themselves in financial difficulties.
In many instances in which the team has taken legal action, the suite or club seat holder had simply refused to offer anything, or, worse, had used the suite or club seats and then bounced checks or disputed credit card charges, after the Team had provided tickets, parking passes, and other amenities.
Most instances in which the team has taken legal action involve long-term contracts with $40,000 to more than $1 million in outstanding, unpaid obligations. In no instance has the Team ever brought any legal action against its General Admission ticketholders, who comprise nearly 70,000 of the 91,000 ticketholders at FedExField.
In every instance in which the team has taken legal action, the team first has gone to great lengths to attempt to negotiate with the suite or club seat holder to determine their financial circumstances and to reach agreement on payment plans or revised terms. For every lawsuit the team has filed, it has worked out payment plans or renegotiated contracts with dozens of other suite and club seat holders.