Report: Marlins suing former season ticket holders, bankrupt vendors

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y their recent standards. They're 22-23 through 45 games, slightly behind the Phillies for third place in the National League East.Behind the scenes, it's a different story. The franchise is fighting multiple legal battles with fans and vendors related to low attendance at Marlins Park. MORE: Marlins' Loria on our list of worst ownersThe Marlins have filed lawsuits against at least nine season-ticket holders and luxury suite owners since 2013, according to the Miami New Times, after they complained to the club about empty promises. One vendor claimed he went out of business after the Marlins failed to meet projected attendance figures. Mickey Axelband is one of those season-ticket holders who said he was sued by the Marlins.Axelband said he agreed to pay $24,000 for a two-seat package for two years when the team moved to Marlins Park for the start of the 2012 season. He did so with the promise of first-floor parking in the stadium garage with a private entrance as well as a lounge with pre- and postgame buffets for season-ticket holders.But the team closed the private entrance, served the same meals at the buffet, and began closing it down at the sixth inning, Axelband said, and he was not happy."I didn't want my money back or anything, but I said, 'Please give me back the stuff you promised,'" he told the Times. "The answer I got back was basically, 'Yeah, we know. We took it all away, but tough s—.'"MORE: Zika forces shift of Puerto Rico series to MiamiSo Axelband wrote the team a letter, letting it know he would not be re-upping for another year. He was surprised to find out the team was suing him for not living up to his end of the deal. The Marlins also sued Sir Pizza franchise owner Rene Prats despite his claims the team never lived up to its end of the deal, effectively causing him to go bankrupt. "They made promises to me that never happened, such as 30,000 fans a game and $2 million in pizza sales a year," Prats claims. "We never did more than $1.1 million in pizza sales, which was the first year, and then averaged $600,000 per year the next two years."The Marlins have not yet commented on the report.