So the economy is pretty tough right now on everyone. Most teams' season ticket sales are slipping. Teams like the Jaguars are in danger of having the entire season blacked out. As the economy affects the season ticket holders, many don't renew their tickets.
Some have purchased multi-year contracts in the past to get better deals. If these unfortunates are now broke, they have to renegotiate or risk defaulting on their multi-year contracts. Most teams will simply write off the contract and re-sell the tickets. The Redskins unfortunately appear to be kicking their fans while their down.
Hill is one of 125 season ticket holders who asked to be released from multiyear contracts and were sued by the Redskins in the past five years. The Washington Post interviewed about two dozen of them. Most said that they were victims of the economic downturn, having lost a job or experiencing some other financial hardship.
I personally think the NFL should suspend their blackout rules during the recession. But I REALLY think the Redskins need to lighten up on suing these people now that they can't afford it. It just doesn't seem fair that the Redskins can sue the customer for failure to pay AND resell the tickets. If the contract being broken doesn't lead to a loss (i.e. the seats in question were resold and the team is still making money selling the seats) how can you sue for damages? Moreover, it just seems like they are finding new ways to screw their fanbase out of money (something with which Jones and Snyder seem to be very good at).
Fortunately, I don't think JJ and the Cowboys are doing something like this, mostly due to the timing of the new stadium and the economic downturn if nothing else. Plus JJ has his own PR problems with the practice facility crash to risk pissing off the fanbase.
Snyder and his legal team however, just seem to take their loyal fanbase for granted which is a real shame. I hate the Skins and their fans, but I wouldn't wish this on any fanbase.