You're Having a Better Week Than the Buffalo Bills
Thus far, 2014 has not been kind to the Buffalo Bills' family.
Photo by Jason Thomas Cheerleaders aren't meant to be groped, or made to work too much overtime.
A few weeks ago, longtime owner Ralph Wilson passed away at the age of 95, leaving the future of the team in the Buffalo area, at the very least, questionable to the extent that rumors of Donald Trump stepping in as the owner were viewed as a good thing by many.
Prior to that, it was the tragic news that Bills legend Jim Kelly's cancer had returned. He is currently in Buffalo undergoing treatments.
All of this to go along with the general malaise of merely being the Buffalo Bills, y'know?
So given the very human toll that's piled up over the previous month, perhaps the occurrences of this past week don't really register emotionally for the Bills themselves, but for any other NFL team (ahem, Texans) this would be enough action for an entire year.
Let's start with a lawsuit settled, shall we?
In the sports world, for many people, signing up for text flash message services is still a thing.
Well, NFL teams provide this service as well. Unfortunately, the Bills do it a little too prolifically. And they will now pay for their eagerness:
The Buffalo Bills have agreed to pay up to $3 million - largely in the form of debit cards redeemable only at the team store - to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the team of sending too many alerts to fans who signed up for a text-messaging service.
To be fair, I receive text flashes from my radio station (Just text FLASH to 610-26!) to keep me updated on all the happenings in Houston sports! (Please read that last sentence in "cheesy voice guy" voice. Thanks.)
Jerry Wojcik, a Bills fan and area native now living in Florida, contended in his October 2012 suit that the team violated the terms of its text service by sending him 13 messages over two weeks when it promised to send no more than five per week.
The lawsuit was panned as frivolous by some sports fans, media commentators and legal experts.
But in a settlement filed last week in federal court in Tampa, Fla., the Bills agreed to provide up to $2.5 million in debit cards to people who had signed up for the text service, along with $562,500 to Wojcik's lawyers and $5,000 in cash to Wojcik as class representative.
Language on the website promised fans who enrolled in the messaging service would receive three to five messages per week for 12 months, but according to Wojcik, he received six messages during his second week in the program and seven messages during a later one-week period.
The horror! Who could blame Wojcik? Who wants to hear about the Bills anymore than is absolutely necessary?