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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: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:13 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Why all the brouhaha? I keep hearing about how part of Paterno's "greatness" was his fund-raising ability. Well, think of this as one last fundraiser for some economically savvy PSUers. After all, we must remember all the great things Paterno did so that we can temporarily forget that he harbored and enabled a child molester for at least 13 years. Personally, I can't wait until the mourning is over so that we can go back to remembering Paterno as the scumbag hyprocritical anus that he was.




Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:04 pm
 

winning games > stopping NAMBLA butt sex

 Anything for a buck and I dont give a crap. Great lesson learned here.


Paterno taught me that




Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Please join me in emailing this scum bag how he sleeps at night knowing he is going to make money off of someone else's death
I wonder how JoePa slept at night knowing that his pal Jerry was giving power showers to children in the Penn State locker room shower....



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Why are people complaining about this? It is called capitalism. We built this system, now we complain... free market! Unregulated beautiful one person taking advantage of demand. Unfettered and gorgeous in it's cruelty. Land of the free, home of the brave. Wait, what? Almost all of our citizens are living at or near the poverty line? I don't want to hear it, I just want to step on someone else...



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

It is not at the stadium per the family's request.  However, using the stadium as a venue for spill-over is being discussed.  Not sure how likely that will be.


Pats,Gay-Gate
Since: Nov 2, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:50 pm
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Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:48 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

It is not at the stadium per the family's request.  However, using the stadium as a venue for spill-over is being discussed.  Not sure how likely that will be.  



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Lets put it this way. You get married, and have children. Your child dies of a horrible disease and suffers tremendously leading to her death. I want to make some money so I sell tickets to your daughter's memorial service. How does that feel? It's heartless, it's selfserving and that is what is the problem with the world today. Anything for a buck and I dont give a crap. Great lesson learned here.



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Why isn't it at the football stadium?



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:43 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

The question for is would anyone pay to go to our service?      
; I can't imagine how weird that is.  


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