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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
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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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Gipper10
Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:41 pm
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Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:39 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

People bid up the price to keep interested parties away and to buy time while it was systematically reported to ebay for violating practices.  What's even more hilarious, is that other people listing tickets were doing 'buy it now' options for $10,000 because they were thinking demand was that high.  No, morons.  A few organized individuals didn't want you to profit off of the death of someone they felt deserved better.  In one particular listing, the seller was baraged with complaints for doing so.  The seller then responded that people shouldn't judge, lest they be judged.  I can't help buy laugh at the irony here.  It would seem that judgement was meted out mercilessly against Penn Staters and Coach Paterno over the past few months.  And this individual had the nerve to invoke that line?  Please.  



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

I just went to Ebay.com at 2:30 p.m. easter time and there is still an auction up for 1 ticket going for 66K. Truly shameful. 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. He should donate the money he makes to charity. I am sure he won't.



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:30 pm
 

I think they're overestimating the demand here..

99K?  No thanks..



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:22 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

It's real easy to find out who was auctioning off the tickets. Ebay isnt anonymous. All you do is answer it and you get the person's email in your response. If that person never responds, it was a hoax. And you need a valid email address and bank account to receive payment for services rendered. So, the moron that thought he could do this as a joke and not be found out, is a big moron.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:05 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Why didn't they do this at the football stadium?  That would have held more people and would have more appropriate for him. 



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:05 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

And again, the media misinforms. It should have read "The event tickets were depleted". The tickets were free.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

@Benthered, that is just moronic for you to say!! Joe did not allow those kids to be molested. You know what, why don't you bang on McQuery for not going into the shoqwer and taking the kid out of there. If McQuery did that Joe would never have been in the position to police the University in the first place. I don't know about you but I would have never took off without that kid. And for you to be making comments about a man that has done nothing but put everyone but himself first, including the millions that he has given to charity while you should be mourning him. Tell me, how much have you donated in your life. It's unfortunate what happened to all those kids but to say it was any fault of Joe's; is ignorant. He did what he should have, he told the g*d president of the school, that's all he should have had to do!! In a world where college coaches do anything to get an edge, pass anybody with a 70 iq on through his institution just to win, Joe stayed true to his beliefs and his beliefs that winning didn't have to come at the cost of  cheating, and to top it off to be a true philanthropist in a world where greed rules all sports. RIP JoePa!!!



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

And how can you assume that the seller was an alum? Anyone could request these tickets.



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:51 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Ben, you are so wrong.  Several of the alleged victims have said they hold no ill will towards Coach Paterno.  Nor did that want to bring him down or the University.  Once again misplaced anger!


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