Tag:Ticket Scalping
Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:34 pm

Student newspaper calls out Wisconsin students

Posted by Tom Fornelli

With the official announcement that Wisconsin would be going to the Rose Bowl to take on TCU on Sunday, the school put 5,800 student tickets up for sale on its website on Sunday night.  Within 20 minutes every ticket had been sold, and there were plenty of Wisconsin students left in the cold with no way to get to Pasadena without paying for a regular ticket, or perhaps, a scalped one.

Well I know where those Wisconsin students can buy one of those scalped tickets.  They can be bought from a few of those students who have already purchased the student tickets and have no intention of going to the game.  Luckily, thanks to the Badger Herald -- the school's student newspaper -- those students are a lot easier to find.

The paper published a list of names of students who are currently attempting to sell their Rose Bowl tickets on Facebook and other places like Craigslist. The paper also had a special message for those same students.
Truly, there is a special place in Hell for people who buy Rose Bowl tickets with the sole intention of profiting from them. It is entirely unfair to those who actually love this football team and were counting on a cheap face value ticket in order to make the trip to Pasadena an economic reality.
We'll keep printing names of those we catch on Facebook marketplace. And feel free to send an email to editor@badgerherald.com if you know of anybody whose name should be added to the list — particularly the 100 people who have already made a listing on Craigslist.
We also ask this of UW Athletics: Next time, make it so people have to pick their tickets up at the bowl site. That will keep the worst people on campus from cheating the system.

I know an editor who couldn't get tickets!

Seriously, saying there's a special place in hell for these kids is a bit over the line, isn't it?  Most students in college don't exactly have a lot of money lying around because they can only work part-time jobs thanks to that whole "going to school" portion of their day.  So I can't fault a kid for using this as a chance to make some extra beer money.

This is America, after all.  I'm pretty sure that this is exactly how capitalism works.
Posted on: November 18, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 1:02 pm

Five charged in Kansas ticket scandal

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Back in June of 2009, David Freeman, a developer in Lawrence,Kansas, was found guilty of bank fraud.  In an effort to have his sentence reduced, Freeman then provided the prosecution with the story of a ticket scam taking place at Kansas involving basketball and football tickets being scalped from within the Kansas athletic department.  Eventually five members of the school resigned thanks to the investigation that Kansas had begun into the situation using a Wichita-based firm in March of 2010.

Those five members were ticket office manager Charlotte Blubaugh, athletic department employee and former ticket office manager Rodney Jones, associate athletic director Ben Kirtland, assistant AD for sales and marketing Brandon Simmons and assistant director of ticket operations Jason Jeffries. Now those five have all been charged in a scandal that saw them scalp more than $2 million in tickets to Kansas sporting events.
Prosecutors said the scheme included entering false information into a computer system designed to prevent tickets from being stolen, paying kickbacks to third parties not connected to the ticket office to sell tickets, and concealing the receipt of outside income on reports required by the NCAA. 

The report released earlier this year said five Kansas athletics staffers and a consultant — none of whom still work for the university — sold or used at least 17,609 men’s basketball tickets, 2,181 football tickets and a number of parking passes and other passes for personal purposes. 

The report showed that more than $887,000 in basketball tickets and more than $122,000 worth of football tickets were involved.

All in all, it's believed that the five made somewhere between $3 million and $5 million over five years while running the scam.  Which is an awful lot of money to make, particularly off of Kansas football.
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