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Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:56 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen



As expected, demand in State College for tickets to Penn State's planned "A Memorial for Joe" public service at the Nittany Lion basketball team's Bryce-Jordan Arena has been astronomical. Less expected, in this time of mourning, was that some unscrupulous ticket holder would (apparently) attempt to make a quick buck off of Joe Paterno's death.

With officials announcing Tuesday that the event had sold out, an auction appeared on eBay selling two tickets to the memorial service:

 

Bids would reach as high as $99,509 before the website shut down the auction. While many of the bids were likely fake -- and possibly even an attempt to ruin the auction for the seller -- that the total so quickly escalated also shows how badly Paterno's legions of admirers would like to be present at the service ... and, sadly, why the seller (assuming sincerity on his or her part) tried to profit off the service in the first place.

Amanda Coffee, a spokeswoman for eBay Inc., said the site does not "allow the sale of tickets to events in which all tickets are free to the public" and removed multiple ads offering tickets to the memorial.

"I think it's absolutely repulsive that people are taking an event that's supposed to be a celebration of life and trying to use it for monetary profit," Penn State student Emily Ricken told the Associated Press Tuesday. Ricken, like hundreds of others, was waiting in line to view Paterno's closed casket at the campus spiritual center. 

The memorial service tickets were issued via the PSU athletics website on a first-come, first-serve basis. More than 10,000 of the tickets were claimed within the first seven minutes of their availability.

Penn State fans without tickets -- as well as other Paterno admirers from across the country -- will still be able to view the service on the Big Ten Network, which will broadcast it live Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.

Among those offering condolences to the Paterno family Monday were President Barack Obama and his family, who fondly remembered meeting the legendary coach.

Screencap HT: Kegs n' Eggs. Information provided by the AP was used in this report.

For more coverage on Paterno's death (including recent comments by his son, Scott) and the week of mourning in State College, follow our CBSSports.com Penn State RapidReports by Jim Rodenbush.

Comments

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:55 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Couldn't have said that better!



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:49 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

write a book morons, no one is reading your longwinded bs posts...  if someone actually pays 99k, he is as big of an idiot as anyone who doesnt recognize man/boy rape as rape...



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:49 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

write a book morons, no one is reading your longwinded bs posts...  if someone actually pays 99k, he is as big of an idiot as anyone who doesnt recognize man/boy rape as rape...



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:29 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

"I thought Joe Pa said he had never heard of rape between man and boy? For someone so smart and respected for how great of a coach he was to say something so stupid makes me sick!"

First off do you realize how old he is? He doesn't have all those perverted websites that you go to.

Secondly the legal system does nto even recognize "rape between man and boy" that's why Sandusky can not be charged with rape.

For someone commented on the intelligence of others with so little knowledge themselves, makes me sick.





Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:24 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

"The fact that some of you blame Paterno and Penn State for the sick actions of a disgusting pervert and lumping all Penn State fans, students, and graduates as guilty because one sick person, over the course of a lifetime, planned and conspired to abuse children is sick in itself."

I was about to craft a long reply in support of your post but then realized that the complete idiocy of the people of which you speak don't even really deserve that much of my time.

I think one big problem with our media today is that no one cares about the truth or facts. Anyone can create a blog and people read it and believe the "article" (or twitter post or facebook update, etc) without the slightest bit of prof of fact. In addition, people don't actually read complete articles because they are far longer than 140 characters. So people run off with their opinions that have no basis in any reality.



Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:53 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

I presently and will continue to believe that all of these Joe Paterno haters making posts have something terribly wrong with them.  All the great things that Joe Paterno did for humanity are well chronicled but you can never chronicle or put a price on the fact that he helped form the character and developed so many good men in his life or that he kindly gave back because he was a good and decent man.  He didn't just recruit young men to play football, he did his very best to see that they were educated and left the university prepared to make a difference in their lives. 

The fact that some of you blame Paterno and Penn State for the sick actions of a disgusting pervert and lumping all Penn State fans, students, and graduates as guilty because one sick person, over the course of a lifetime, planned and conspired to abuse children is sick in itself.

Penn State is one of the best institutions of learning on earth and Penn State graduates affect the lives of nearly every person in the United States on a daily basis.  Nearly one out of every 50 engineers in this country is a Penn State graduate so when you are driving home from work every night you are probably driving over roads and bridges designed by a Penn State graduate.  When you take a drink of milk or eat your tofu you can most certainly thank a Penn State graduate as it is one of the top agricultural research universities on earth and you can guarantee one of their graduates had a hand in improving whatever it is that you eat every day.

Lumping all Penn State fans, students, and graduates in with Sandusky is just as sick and demented as Sandusky himself and to blame and demean a good man laying in his casket is nothing but mean-spirited and repulsive.


draper1997
Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:37 pm
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Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:48 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

rip joepa, ull be missed, even by the lowlife haters, God bless you



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:43 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

I thought Joe Pa said he had never heard of rape between man and boy? For someone so smart and respected for how great of a coach he was to say something so stupid makes me sick! All of you freaks that go to Penn State or people that keep making excuses for his actions makes me think you people are some kind of weird cult. He was a great coach and an idiot for not saving other victims. Stop sticking up for him!



Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:32 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

If you would do your research Paterno told Curly and Spanier he did not want Sandusky in the facilities, and they told him he did not have that kind of say "he was just the football coach." Secondly, McQueary also said he didn't feel comfortable getting into details about it around Coach Paterno, thats why he wanted to talk to someone higher up on the totum pole.  But yeah Paterno is a scum bag because of that.  I'll end by saying you are a great human being. In fact, give youself a pat on the back for youself if it makes you feel better. 


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