A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Ltd over alleged unsolicited text messages the plaintiff claims the team sent to consumers’ cell phones without prior express consent. According to the 15-page lawsuit, the Major League Baseball team “has sent and continues to send” the texts in an effort to promote tickets to its games and in alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff received at least 10 text messages from the Rays between September 2017 and April 2018 sent via a short code supposedly belonging to the team. Upon entering into his browser the web addresses included in the texts, the plaintiff was redirected to MLB’s page through which consumers can buy single- and multi-game Rays tickets, the suit says. The man alleges the messages were sent using automated dialing equipment capable of storing and/or producing phone numbers to be called en masse.