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Friday, October 26, 2012

Greenberg: Cubs look to oust scalpers

The Cubs sent out 45 nonrenewal letters to a select group of season-ticket holders Wednesday, noting that season tickets “are a revocable license granted on a yearly basis at the sole discretion of the team.”


The Cubs feel confident their research in trying to identify potential scalpers is correct, and only professional ticket sellers, many of whom have out of state addresses, were affected, according to one Cubs source, who said: “This is about the guy in California with 40 tickets.”

About 1,000 tickets will be made available to fans on the season-ticket waiting list and possibly for upgrades for current season-ticket holders.

The Cubs won’t be alone in this practice. A baseball source outside of Chicago told ESPN Chicago that other big-market teams are plotting similar plans to oust scalpers from their season-ticket rolls.


Major League Baseball’s deal with StubHub is up for renewal after this season and some teams aren’t happy with the current arrangement, which they feel directs fans to StubHub over their own website.

 

McCoy Posted: October 26, 2012 at 01:40 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, tickets

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   1. Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4284425)
   2. just plain joe Posted: October 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4284488)
Haven't the Cubs been scalping their own tickets for years? I may well be wrong but didn't they start holding back x number of the seats for each game in order to sell them through a ticket agency that is a Cubs' subsidiary? I don't remember the details but I'm almost sure that they were sued over this practice and, when the case was heard in a Chicago court, the Cubs were told this permissable.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 26, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4284509)
I would say losing 100 games is a very good start to ending scalping of their tickets.
   4. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: October 26, 2012 at 06:15 PM (#4284595)
No, no, the Cubs are upset that tickets might be scalped for above face value, making them look like fools. If they lose enough games then finally the demand will be low enough that scalpers lose money on many of the seats.
   5. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4284722)
I can't imagine there will be a lot of demand for tickets at Wrigley in 2013 after the news today that the Royals have claimed Chris Volstad off waivers.
   6. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: October 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM (#4284729)
They also lost a catcher who i didnt even know existed. Plus took a few guys off the 40 man 5 in total
   7. VoodooR Posted: October 27, 2012 at 02:16 AM (#4284791)
The Joe Mather era in Chicago appears to be over.
   8. McCoy Posted: October 27, 2012 at 08:11 AM (#4284810)
Royals claimed Volstad and Corpas refused the assignment to the minors so they are both gone now.

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