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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.

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Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:23 pm
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Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:07 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay


Cracka you are an absolute clown that obviously no one takes serious on here.  Why even waste your time commenting on here.  You are obviously a saint who has never sinned, never did anything wrong, and didn't take a sip of alcohol or have sex until marriage.  You are obviously either a plain Paterno hater, PSU hater, or both.  Get a life.



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:38 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Right, scalping tickets to a memorial service is the real faux pas in this story. Some of you people are extra-chromosome stupid.





Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:31 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Spend 100k to mourn a fraud. Makes about as much sense as the rest of this story. How about you donate 100k to the victims of the brutal rape that Paterno didn't stop?

Oh wait, they didn't win football games, so they dont matter at all. Duh.




Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:04 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

To you and those that say Joe Paterno is NOT guilty of doing anything...Are EXACTLY right.
What would the vast majority of us do when presented with one of our superiors/coaches telling us they saw a grown man raping a young child in a shower?  WE'd do something...ANYTHING about it.  At the very least, we would ask questions  until we got to the truth.  What did your beloved JoePa do?  Told his superior than...NOTHING.  ZIP.  ZILCH.  He didn't lift one finger-nail to get at the bottom of this.  And for that he is absolutely GUILTY.  

As many others have pointed out, if this was his grandson, what would he have done?  No one can objectively claim he did everything he could nor everything he SHOULD have done.  NOT EVEN CLOSE.  And the continued support by the Penn State faithful is a mirror image of all the catholics that tried (still try) to back the Catholic Church and the priests that did what they did. 



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:57 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

I don’t have a problem someone selling a ticket they got for free, if it was to a coronation or wedding or such. But I would think anyone who would sell a ticket to a memorial service is the scum of the earth.

The only reason one would have a memorial service is because someone close to them died. If I were Joe Paterno’s son, and I saw someone scalping tickets to my dad’s memorial service, I would punch their lights out. How dare they capitalize on another’s death? That is pure blood money. It is so disgusting it’s beyond discussion.




Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

I was just stating some stupid facts.  No one in this world would contact the FBI because someone heard a sound that sounded like a man was fooling around with a young boy.  Joe relayed the 2 or 3 sentence summary of what he knew to his superiors.  What more can you do with 2 or 3 sentences.  With everyone knowing now what really happened, its easy to say "I would have been a hero and done what was morally right and turned this into the police or FBI (who neither had any jurisdiction over this) or whoever else people feel he should have reported these to.  And you stating "to call him a great human being is sickening" is one of the stupidest comments I have ever heard.  With the knowledge Joe had he did about all he was capable of doing.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:36 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

AS long as you wear your Penn St black and white glasses you will never see it.........like has been said what if it were ur grandson you heard was in the shower getting abused, would you just let your superiors sweep it under the rug, if you say yes at least you are a full blown drink the koolaid follower, if you say  no you would do more, than not sure how you can stand by this man, sad!!!!



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Dear torch and pitchfork crew...

Would any of you take the word of someone you have known for a few years over the word of someone you had known for almost thirty years that the person you knew for thirty years was a child molester?  

JOE PATERNO HAD NO EVIDENCE OTHER THAN "HE SAID, SHE SAID" THAT ANYTHING ACTUALLY HAPPENED.  He told his superiors and left the decision in their hands.  That is all he was obligated to do.  Did it turn out wrong?  Of course it did: hideously so.  But scapegoating Joe Paterno was the wrong thing to do.

Anyone in the media who orchstrated the Joe Pa witch hunt and any fan who participated is MORE GUILTY of MURDERING Joe Pa then Joe Pa is of causing any child to be molested.   

I hope you are all very proud of yourselves today.  And when any of you expire, I hope Joe Pa is standing right by St Peter as a consultant.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:22 pm
 

Dear torch and pitchfork crew...

Would any of you take the word of someone you have known for a few years over the word of someone you had known for almost thirty years that the person you knew for thirty years was a child molester?  

JOE PATERNO HAD NO EVIDENCE OTHER THAN "HE SAID, SHE SAID" THAT ANYTHING ACTUALLY HAPPENED.  He told his superiors and left the decision in their hands.  That is all he was obligated to do.  Did it turn out wrong?  Of course it did: hideously so.  But scapegoating Joe Paterno was the wrong thing to do.

Anyone in the media who orchstrated the Joe Pa witch hunt and any fan who participated is MORE GUILTY of MURDERING Joe Pa then Joe Pa is of causing any child to be molested.   

I hope you are all very proud of yourselves today.  And when any of you expire, I hope Joe Pa is standing right by St Peter as a consultant. 


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