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Student newspaper calls out Wisconsin students

Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:34 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

With the official announcement that Wisconsin would be going to the Rose Bowl to take on TCU on Sunday, the school put 5,800 student tickets up for sale on its website on Sunday night.  Within 20 minutes every ticket had been sold, and there were plenty of Wisconsin students left in the cold with no way to get to Pasadena without paying for a regular ticket, or perhaps, a scalped one.

Well I know where those Wisconsin students can buy one of those scalped tickets.  They can be bought from a few of those students who have already purchased the student tickets and have no intention of going to the game.  Luckily, thanks to the Badger Herald -- the school's student newspaper -- those students are a lot easier to find.

The paper published a list of names of students who are currently attempting to sell their Rose Bowl tickets on Facebook and other places like Craigslist. The paper also had a special message for those same students.
Truly, there is a special place in Hell for people who buy Rose Bowl tickets with the sole intention of profiting from them. It is entirely unfair to those who actually love this football team and were counting on a cheap face value ticket in order to make the trip to Pasadena an economic reality.
We'll keep printing names of those we catch on Facebook marketplace. And feel free to send an email to editor@badgerherald.com if you know of anybody whose name should be added to the list — particularly the 100 people who have already made a listing on Craigslist.
We also ask this of UW Athletics: Next time, make it so people have to pick their tickets up at the bowl site. That will keep the worst people on campus from cheating the system.

I know an editor who couldn't get tickets!

Seriously, saying there's a special place in hell for these kids is a bit over the line, isn't it?  Most students in college don't exactly have a lot of money lying around because they can only work part-time jobs thanks to that whole "going to school" portion of their day.  So I can't fault a kid for using this as a chance to make some extra beer money.

This is America, after all.  I'm pretty sure that this is exactly how capitalism works.
Comments

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2010 6:46 pm
 

Student newspaper calls out Wisconsin students

Typical liberal Madison reaction against capitalism.  But this is the way the free market works - even for students!  Buy low sell high - that's the objective if you're going to sell.  So maybe it isn't getting a ticket to go to the game that is important - but having a chance to sell the ticket to someone else that wants to go that is important.  Either way, thats the free market at work.  It's quite an overreaction to say these students have a special place in hell for selling the tickets.  Maybe they are selling to alumni or others that can afford them and that want to go to CA to see the Badgers.  So be it - and if you want to go - PAY UP!



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:39 pm
 

Student newspaper calls out Wisconsin students

"On average most of the students selling these tickets are the ones who can't afford the other expenses associated with traveling to the game (hotel/travel)."



THEN GUESS WHAT??? THEY SHOULD NOT GET TO BUY TICKETS!!!!!

Aside from all the "Capitalism vs Fairness vs Opinion" chatter the bottom line is this: The school (and probably many schools) has a flawed system for distributing student tickets. Period. Everyone else has a chance to buy tickets through other means. Student tickets ARE FOR STUDENTS.


If they end up not being able to go to the game then the tickets should go back into the sytem and become available to other students.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:31 pm
 

Student newspaper calls out Wisconsin students

Hey Dimwit - did you read the post that you attempted to reply to? Obviously not.

Raping a flawed system is what was Madoff-like not the profiting. Before you open your mouth I would make sure I understand the subject.

As my man Abe said "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt"




Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:05 pm
 

Student newspaper calls out Wisconsin students

Maybe the loser editor should've scooped up some tickets and sold them for a profit.  That way he wouldn't have to work as an editor for a college newspaper.  What a douche!!!



Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:03 pm
 

Student newspaper calls out Wisconsin students

Hmmm.... The 1994 game was after the 1993 season.  That was the year when some fans were tragically killed at Camp-Randall when the Badgers (finally) beat the Wolverines.  So, maybe the ticket scam was 'a special place in hell' for some excited fans. 




Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:36 pm
 

Student newspaper calls out Wisconsin students

What the athletic department should have down was print out a list of those who bought tickest, and have them picked up with their student ID and confirmation of the student's travel information.  I know that sounds like big brother, but it is the simplest way to find out those who truly want to go to Pasadena and those who just want to make a buck.




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Student newspaper calls out Wisconsin students

What the hell does President Obama have to do with this? 
Apparently you have forgotten that it was on President Bush's watch that the deficit ballooned.  Why is it that Presidents Reagan, Bush and Bush all called themselves "fiscal conservativves", but left office with the nation in more debt than when they took office - while the "liberal" Presiden Clinton left office with America out of debt?

But back to your post - please tell us, what does President Obama have to do with Badger ticket scalping?



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:01 pm
 

Student newspaper calls out Wisconsin students

Students buying tickets to sell for profit are jagoffs in my opinion.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:35 pm
 

Student newspaper calls out Wisconsin students

Maybe the students without tickets can ask OBAMA for a bailout?



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:26 pm
 

Student newspaper calls out Wisconsin students

i agreee capitalism and supply and demand are so EVIL as so is any country that is based on those practices...  oh wait... nevermind.  This problem was discussed when i took Economics101, so please name another business where someone isn't trying to make a buck at the expense of another.  Maybe it sucks but it's what our society and economy is based on...  The only way to eliminate the scalping of tickets is to raise the face value prices until it gets to a level where it decreases demand.

On average most of the students selling these tickets are the ones who can't afford the other expenses associated with traveling to the game (hotel/travel). In which case the ticket is more valuable to them when they sell it compared to a wealthier student in which seeing the game is more valuable to them then the money they could make off it.

I don't think you can compare this to the Madoff ponzi schemer because in this case the customers on ticket broker website know exactly what they are getting in return and they are willing to pay it.  They are not getting tricked like a street dealer selling a fake Rolex.  Unless someone is selling fake game tickets i have no problem with it.


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