Commanders reach $1.3m settlement with Virginia

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The Washington Commanders National Football League (NFL) team has settled a lawsuit with the Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares over the handling of season ticket deposits under its previous ownership.

The $1.3m (£1m/€1.2m) settlement also includes returning $600,000 to around the 475 people who were affected. The NFL franchise agreed to pay $600,000 in civil penalties and $100,000 in costs to resolve the investigation, according to Miyares’ office.

Investigations had found that the team had kept fans’ deposits for years after ticket contracts had expired, and made it difficult to reclaim the finances.

Last year, the Commanders also settled a lawsuit with the District of Columbia Attorney General’s office, as well as Maryland in 2022 over fans’ deposit money. 

In a statement, Miyares said: “Our investigation found that the Commanders’ prior ownership unlawfully retained security deposits for years after they should have been returned to consumers. I thank the team’s current ownership for cooperating with this investigation, and for working toward rectifying the consumer harm we identified.”

US businessman Daniel Snyder owned the team at the time, but a group led by investor Josh Harris purchased the Commanders last year for $6.05bn.