A section of seats at Cowboys Stadium remain empty before...

A section of seats at Cowboys Stadium remain empty before the start of Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas. The seats were deemed unsafe. (Feb. 6, 2011) Credit: AP

In a continuing response to anger over the Super Bowl tickets fiasco that saw 400 fans shut out of Super Bowl XLV, the NFL is now e-mailing those fans to offer either $5,000 or reimbursement for all documented travel expenses to the game, whichever figure is higher.

The league decided to make the offer after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talked to fans during the past week, according to NFL public relations executive Brian McCarthy. 

The league has offered fans $2,400 - or three times the face value of the affected seats - and a ticket to next year's Super Bowl. The league also offered a free ticket to any future Super Bowl, plus airfare and hotel costs. 

"As you may know, we have been reaching out directly to those fans who regrettably and inexcusably were unable to watch Super Bowl XLV from a seat in Cowboys Stadium," the e-mail to fans stated. "In listening to your feedback, we have decided to offer a third option."

There are at least two lawsuits against the NFL and the Cowboys. The attorney for one of the suits was not impressed by the NFL's latest offer. 

"The NFL and its lawyers need to come clean with the fans as to their right to full compensation and sit down with us to fairly resolve this matter," said Michael Avenatti, per the Associated Press. 

Documents released after the game show that the Cowboys were slow to respond to requests for building permits needed to install the seats. 

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