According to the Indianapolis Star, the NFL informed the Packers and Colts that Sunday's Hall of Fame Game had been canceled at about 6:40 p.m. But the fans already inside the stadium weren't notified until 8:00 p.m.
So why did the NFL make fans wait 80 minutes before telling them? Because they wanted to keep the cash registers flowing, writes the Indy Star's Greg Doyel.
"It was intentional. It was deceitful," Doyel wrote. "It was the Pro Football Hall of Fame keeping alive the façade, using its scoreboard to show a countdown to an 8 p.m. kickoff that would never happen, because there was money to be made."
Will the NFL give thousands of fans back the money they spent on food, beverages and memorabilia? No chance, writes Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.
"Fans/customers are indeed [expletive], but don’t expect the NFL to do jack [expletive] about it, beyond refunding ticket prices. That’s not how the NFL operates."
Fans will be refunded for game tickets but how and when that will happen isn't yet clear.
"It cost a lot of people a lot of money," said Indiana native Ryan Fritze, via ESPN. "We got a hotel room for the night that we don’t even need anymore. The hotel cost us a couple of hundred dollars. Then there was the money on gas and the ticket to the game. This was a one-day deal. We left this morning to drive over here for nothing. I can’t work tomorrow."