Chicago Bears PSL Holders - You're in a lawsuit against the City of Chicago

If you've got a PSL in Soldier Field, a piece of $10 million may be coming your way.

If you’re a Chicago Bears Personal Seat License (PSL) holder, you are in a lawsuit against the City of Chicago.  Surprise!

The lawsuit is not trying to recover money from the city for the horrible conditions of the turf or the less-than-stellar play on the field.  Instead, the suit seeks to recover $10 million in amusement taxes the city charged PSL holders.  For a better explanation, check this out from Chicago Breaking Sports (more after the jump):

In the ongoing battle centered on whether the city can impose and collect an amusement tax on those permanent seat licenses, or PSLs, Cook County Judge Alexander White issued a 17-page ruling on July 16 certifying the class-action status.

Ten people and an automotive parts company filed the suit last year on behalf of thousands of permanent and former PSL holders, but for the suit could not move forward as a class action without White’s ruling.
As a way to pay for the renovation of Soldier Field, the Bears began in 2002 selling the licenses — for anywhere between $900 and $10,000 per seat — that allow owners to buy season tickets for certain seats.

In his ruling, White wrote that PSLs give holders the right “to purchase tickets which would then give the ticket purchaser the right to witness an amusement,” and the city already taxes the tickets. The city claims that PSLs themselves are part of an entertainment package that warrant the amusement tax.

The Bears initially paid the city a 7 percent amusement tax on the sales of the PSLs in late 2002 and early 2003. Last year, when the amusement tax was raised to 9 percent, the city attempted to collect the taxes from about 2,900 people on PSLs they had reason to believe were sold or transferred — some as many as six years ago.

The proposed class includes the estimated 2,900 who obtained their PSLs after the initial sale and the 30,000 or so who originally bought them, according to the ruling.

So basically the City wanted to double tax the PSL seats – once on the license and again on the tickets.  Sounds pretty shady to me.  If you had or currently have a PSL, get in on this.


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  • nora

    can anyone give me information on whether or not the bears can move your psl seats

  • nora

    i attended last night’s game (08/21/10) only to discover my seats were somewhere else. can the bears do that?

    • Boomer


      Did you get any info on this? Were your PSL seats moved to a worse location? Let me see if I can direct you to the right person within the Bears organization.

      • nora

        can the bears just change psl seats? i called the bears yesterday and was told there have never been any changes made to the seating chart since the stadium opened in 2003.

  • maureen

    can anyone offer advice? On 12/22/10 I was informed by the Bears that my two tickets and PSL were revoked because the person I gave the tickets to was arrested for urinating in public. I know this is discusting and am embarrassed that an employee would do such a thing. Now I’ve lost everything after 25 years as a season ticket holder with never a complaint against me. Any advise?

    • Mark Lundeen


      The same thing just happened to me. My family have been responsible season ticket holders for 38 years with no incidents over that time. I tried to appeal the decision to revoke my tickets to George McCaskey. It took two letters, but he finally called me to arogantly tell me that he would not reconsider. I’m assuming he called me so that there would be nothing in writing. The day after I talked to him, I found out that the court dismissed the ticket for public urination against the guy who did it. So basically, the only one being punished for this idiot’s disgusting act is my family. You didn’t mention in your post if the Bears refunded your PSL money. Do you know if the guy who got your tickets revoked had his ticket dismissed? Would you consider a class action lawsuit if we can find additional season ticket holders that this happened to? I never thought it could happen, but the McCaskey family is turning me into a Packer fan!

  • Mark Immas

    I am not surprised. This is a cash generating machine for the city, and everyone wants a piece. I used the site above to save on my PSL when I bought it. This was one way to bring the costs down.
    Again, I did save some cash by getting my Bears PSL from this site –

    That is a way to save on the PSL’s but as for the taxes… write your congressman.