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Fans who missed Hall of Fame Game plan to sue the NFL

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The NFL "has a history of being cheap with its fans," according to an attorney representing a group planning to sue the league.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The debacle that was the Hall of Fame Game left fans with tickets frustrated that they didn't get to see the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Now a group of those fans are planning a lawsuit against the NFL with hopes of getting more than just a refund for their troubles.

Attorney Michael Avenatti told the Associated Press that fans traveled from other states to attend the game, including Colts and Packers fans who traveled from Indiana and Wisconsin to the site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

"We have been approached by no fewer than 20 individuals who traveled to the game to participate and be ready to enjoy the game," Avenatti told AP. "And unfortunately they did not have the opportunity to enjoy the game, and as a result lost a significant amount of money."

Refunds are being granted for all ticketholders, but Avenatti says that's not good enough for fans who were informed the game was off just a few hours before it was scheduled to begin.

"They could have offered what these fans paid for the tickets and to reimburse them for any expenses incurred," Avenatti said. "The league has a history of being cheap with its fans."

NFL executive Troy Vincent accepted responsibility for the disaster, but until the league is also willing to accept responsibility for the travel costs those who intended to go to the game, it will have to deal with a group of unhappy fans.