How Players Manage To Scalp Their Super Bowl Tickets

The MMQB's Robert Klemko has a great story about a ticket broker hustling his way through the crazy, somewhat-shady secondary ticket market that sprung up at this year's Super Bowl. There's a lot of good stuff in here, including an answer to the question we've all found ourselves asking: Do players in the Super Bowl… » 2/10/15 12:32pm 2/10/15 12:32pm

It'll Be A Lot Harder To Scalp Super Bowl Tickets This Year

You are not going to the Super Bowl. You are not a corporate sponsor or a Bruno Mars roadie or the guy who polishes the Snoopy sculpture outside of MetLife Stadium, so you can absorb this news as an abstraction: the NFL is majorly jacking up the prices of the best seats for its first cold-weather Super Bowl, and… » 9/17/13 5:09pm 9/17/13 5:09pm

A Reminder That Everything About The Olympics Is Always Corrupt

Forget the NCAA—the biggest amateur athletics scam going is the Olympic Games. The best sportsmen, sportswomen, and sportschildren in the world, all conveniently paid in "glory" and "pride" instead of money. And the Games make money, plenty of it. But a host city has never once shown a profit. So in the end, the… » 6/18/12 10:20am 6/18/12 10:20am

Yankees Tickets Are A Dollar, Seats Are Empty, And They're Trying To…

I'm going to tell you something, and then I'm going to ask you a question. The Yankees are having attendance issues. They aren't selling enough tickets, and for the ones that are being sold, they're being undercut by StubHub, which offers them for well below face value. Now the question: do you feel any sympathy? Any… » 6/06/12 11:35am 6/06/12 11:35am

St. John's Fires Administrator For Scalping Basketball Tickets

Brian Colleary, a senior associate AD and the former AD at Duquesne, allegedly scalped tickets to last year's game against Duke and to the Big East tournament. He will not face criminal charges. One source told the New York Post the amount of money involved was not significant, while another said it was around… » 2/16/12 10:50am 2/16/12 10:50am

The Super Bowl Week Orgy, Through The Eyes Of An NFL Player

Every player in the NFL can buy two Super Bowl tickets at face value, if he so chooses. All he has to do is contact his club's ticket guy and arrange for the pickup. Some teams require rookies and second-year players to pick up the tickets at a location in the host city. Presumably, this policy is intended to deter… » 2/03/11 5:00pm 2/03/11 5:00pm

Cubs Scalping Own Tickets Now

Cubs tickets go on sale Thursday. Or, if you're willing to pay the team an extra 20 percent, Monday. So basically: the Cubs have raised ticket prices 20 percent this year. [] » 2/14/10 6:00pm 2/14/10 6:00pm

Redskins Cut Out Middle Man, Sell Directly To Scalpers

Did I say "scalpers"? That's so politically incorrect! I meant that "brokers" are the ones allowed to buy blocks of tickets from that team with a racial slur nickname, instead of the fans on their notoriously long waiting list. » 9/02/09 10:30am 9/02/09 10:30am

Options Market Gives Sports Teams An Exciting New Way To Rip You Off

Scalping tickets is a pain in the butt, but what if we could take the simple, rational investment principles of the modern stock market and bring them to the ticket resale market? You'll need to start by grabbing your ankles. » 8/31/09 5:45pm 8/31/09 5:45pm

For Once, The San Francisco Giants Do Something Smart With Their Money

The Giants have been tinkering with what the propeller-heads like to call "dynamic pricing" — raising or lowering prices depending on variables like weather or pitching matchups. Where I'm from, we just call this "scalping." » 5/18/09 4:30pm 5/18/09 4:30pm