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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: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:48 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Anyone could have gotten free tickets to the memorial...not just alumni! Some of the people selling the tickets on ebay were probably scalpers!



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:46 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Please report the full story!  The tickets were free and on a first come first serve basis. (and violated ebay policies on selling free tickets!)  Shame on the alumni who received the tickets and tried to capitalize on it - the definitely were not True Blue PSU!  The bid were intentionally fake. And,  How is it that you could assume that the seller was sincere but were so quick to judge JoePa?!?!?!?! On seller even put in her remarks that she was using the money to pay for her daughters wedding - if that's not self serving...I don't know what is.  



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:44 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

They tickets were free! Thats why the ebay listings aren't allowed. These sellers on ebay are trying to make a quick buck on free tickets!  You shouldn't make assumptions so quickly without knowing all of the facts.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:43 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Thanks for the info nlionsfan that the tickets were given away. I should have known that was the case when no mention of any price was in the article. Typical of the media not putting that info out there and making everyone think they were selling tickets.



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:32 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Oh please, get some facts before printing anything CBS.  You said "the total so quickly escalated also shows how badly Paterno's legions of admirers would like to be present at the service". The reality is that Penn State fans won't allow people to profit off the memorial service so until we got Ebay to monitor and delete these ads, people were putting bids in to keep people from thinking they could buy tickets which were not going to be delivered given Ebay policy does not allow selling tickets that were provided at no cost.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Could you give any less info. I would think you would want to include the original price of the tickets in the article. Was wondering if PSU was trying to make a profit off of this or just pay for the event.



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:26 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

"The event has sold out..." Hopefully, the powers that be at PSU are putting the funds to good use, and I dont mean a fund to pay for their lawyers but for those victimized by the scandal.



Since: Oct 15, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:17 pm
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Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

And nothing but silence from all the children he allowed to be molested over the last 15 years. Where were you, Joe?


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