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Ohio State dealing with fake ticket issue

Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:53 pm
That you are, but you still deserve proper tickets. (Getty Images)
By Matt Norlander

When you're successful, lurkers and hangers-on start to come around.

Right now, Ohio State's in the midst of another terrific season, something they've grown accustomed to in Columbus since Thad Matta got to town. But with this success has come a problem on the secondary ticket market. Someone, or some group, has been printing counterfeit tickets and creating havoc for Buckeye home games.

On Thursday the school sent out a memo, reminding and urging all ticket-buyers and fans to be extra cautious about how they go about getting ducats. In recent weeks, more and more people have found themselves turned away when their stubs didn't beep through at the turnstile.

Here's what OSU has to say about:

"The Ohio State Department of Athletics has experienced a rise in the number of counterfeit tickets showing up for men’s basketball over the past several games. The Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office reminds fans to only purchase tickets from authorized sources: The Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, or Ticketmaster.

"Fans looking to purchase tickets for sold out games (Michigan State Feb. 11 and Wisconsin Feb. 25 or 26) are urged to search listings on the Buckeyes TicketExchange, the Official Ticket Exchange site of Ohio State Athletics, and the only resale site that guarantees the tickets will be valid. This site is available on the Tickets site (dropdown menu) at About 2,000 tickets are available for the Purdue home game Feb. 7 and about 1,200 tickets remain for the Illinois game Feb. 21. Tickets purchased from unauthorized sources could be counterfeit, stolen or otherwise void. These tickets will not allow the holder admission into the event."

This sort of thing crops up from time to time. It's a huge annoyance, of course. Who here has attempted to buy scalped tickets before? For anything? Games or concerts. It's always a little stressful and uneasy. Before you make the cash exchange you examine the ticket closely, maybe hold it up to the sunlight -- as if that's going to do anything -- and almost reluctantly plop a few 20s in the hands of the man you're negotiating with. Then you pray you didn't just get swindled.

Unfortunately, many Buckeye fans have. Ironically, you'd think this nuisance would implore more and more people to stay home -- therefore not catalyzing a ticket issue to begin with.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 2:02 pm

Ohio State dealing with fake ticket issue

Someone cheating in columbus?????

OH NO dont' let the Buckeye faithful catch wind of this story or else!~!!@#@#@

haha how soon till tattoogate 2 comes around? 

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:27 am

Ohio State dealing with fake ticket issue

Really? Another worthless article? WARNING: if a sporting event is sold out there may be people trying to sell you tickets that aren't real.

Are Ohio State fans really that stupid that then need repeated warnings? Even I find that hard to believe.

Since: Feb 6, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:50 am

Ohio State dealing with fake ticket issue

Tom Hanks and Leonardo Di Caprio can find out who is printing these! Some events, like the world Cup in Germany a few years back bound ticket purchases to a name. You couldn ' t even give official tickets to your friend if you got sick. That might be going too far, but more can be done to eliminate the scalping. I used to buy from scalpers all the time, but as soon as I read the first storey about fake tickets I knew that the risk was too high. caveat emptor ( sorry my Latin is a bit rusty) Let the buy beware!

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:45 pm

Ohio State dealing with fake ticket issue

seems like there has been a lot of cheating going on at ohio state this past yer. seems like that state needs to beef up their security.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:21 pm

Ohio State dealing with fake ticket issue

I'm not blaming anyone for this. I'm just saying it was Bush's fault.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:36 pm

Ohio State dealing with fake ticket issue

It s Bush's fault.....


Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:08 pm

Ohio State dealing with fake ticket issue

Probably printed in back of Tattoo Parlor by some "poor" football standout eating free chicken, smokin' free dope & platin' smash mouth video games before going home in their "bought & paid for" Escalade. These kids need money damn it! They're just doing a job!

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:12 pm

Ohio State dealing with fake ticket issue

I've got a funny feeling that Senator Tressel is somehow involved in this scandal! That's why he took that bogus job in Akron.

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