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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Crowd-seeking Rays come up with win-win-win free ticket plan

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition.

Trying to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field, the Rays came up with a crowd-pleasing ticket plan Wednesday.

The ``Win Pack” lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend for a total of $99. If the Rays win all four, the fan gets a voucher redeemable for a free ticket to another game.

The Veecks cannot say that they are impressed by this level of showmanship…..

 

QLE Posted: February 20, 2020 at 01:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, tickets

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Feds charge broker, ex-White Sox employees in years-long ticket scam

A prolific broker and two former Chicago White Sox employees have been charged in an alleged scheme to fraudulently sell thousands of tickets to the South Siders’ ballgames, ultimately costing the team roughly $1 million.

The broker, 34-year-old Bruce Lee, of Chicago, has been charged along with former ticket sellers James Costello, 66, and William O’Neil, 51, both of New Lenox. A 20-page indictment that became public Friday claims Lee made $868,369 by selling 34,876 tickets through the scam during the 2016 through 2019 baseball seasons.

Lee, owner of Great Tickets, faces 11 counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. Costello is charged with one count of wire fraud, and O’Neil is charged with lying to the FBI when he claimed last March he never gave Lee complimentary White Sox tickets without the team’s knowledge.

Lee and his attorney, Robert Rascia, declined to comment when reached by the Sun-Times on Friday evening. Costello and O’Neil could not be reached.

There’s something delightfully old-fashioned about this form of corruption- in certain details, it’s similar to the ticket frauds that used to be common on Broadway before the 1970s.

 

QLE Posted: February 01, 2020 at 12:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corruption, tickets, white sox

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

DC police: WV Man sold $2K in fake World Series tickets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in Washington have arrested a West Virginia man accused of selling $2,000 in fake World Series tickets.

Metropolitan D.C. police said Sunday they charged 54-year-old Ondre Nelson of Huntington, West Virginia, with first-degree fraud. The Washington Post reports Nelson sold five counterfeit tickets for $400 each to a man near the ballpark just before Friday’s third game between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.

 

 

 

QLE Posted: October 29, 2019 at 12:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: counterfeits, tickets, world series

Friday, October 25, 2019

Feds probe whether White Sox insider involved in sale of thousands of complimentary game tickets on StubHub

Even in the age of StubHub, the sheer number of tickets that one man was selling to Chicago White Sox games through the online resale forum was mind-boggling.

Over the course of three seasons from 2016 to 2018, Bruce Lee sold more than 35,000 tickets to Sox home games through StubHub, generating nearly $1 million in revenue, according to federal records unsealed this week.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Nats Ticket System Cracked

But! The team says it was able to void the ill-gotten tickets.

With standing-room tickets for the World Series at Nationals Park starting around $1,100 on Stubhub as of today—and seats behind home plate going for around $3,000—they’re the hottest tickets in town. Some were almost literally hot.

Someone apparently hacked into the Nationals’ ticketing system and made off with a bunch of tickets. But not for long. According to a Washington Nationals spokesperson: “We can confirm that fraudulent activity was detected in the ticketing system. It was discovered quickly and immediate action was taken. Any ticket that was obtained fraudulently was voided. We then reclaimed those seats and put them back into our system for fans to purchase. No personal information was breached. As you know, high-profile events such as the World Series are often targets for this type of activity.”

I wonder what happens to the fans who bought the stolen tickets who are now holding worthless “paper”?

Bote Man Posted: October 24, 2019 at 02:53 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, security, tickets

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Death of Paper Tickets and the Stories They Leave Behind

John Burns held season tickets to Xavier basketball games for more than 40 years, in three different Cincinnati arenas, his seats maturing along with him—from raucous baseline in youth, to second level near the beer stand in middle age, to wheelchair-accessible seats when his aging friends required them. They were like The Giving Tree, those tickets, which Burns shared with seven pals. “Eventually, Dad needed the disabled seats himself,” says his daughter, Mary Ann. “I can still see him sitting at the dining room table, dividing the tickets into envelopes. Dad was always The Guy in Charge of the Tickets.”

John Burns died at 78 on April 1, 2010, his spirit ascending skyward in the manner of his seat location. In his casket his family placed objects he esteemed: a thoroughbred racing form, a pencil to pick the winners and a can of Cincy’s own Hudepohl beer. “But the thing he loved most in life was Xavier basketball,” says Mary Ann. And so Burns wore his season tickets into eternity, tucked into his funeral blazer like a pocket square. They were fanned out for St. Peter, expediting him through heaven’s gate, a reminder that the cheap seats high up in English theaters and soccer stadiums are called “the gods.”

Like the golden ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or the letters of transit in Casablanca, tickets almost always provide passage to a better place. They are redeemable, like our souls; and like our souls they may be sold on the secondary market. As with the afterlife, tickets promise a better future. They don’t always deliver on that promise, but tickets—be they baseball or raffle or lottery—provide hope before the reckoning.

“I grew up outside L.A., was a huge Dodgers fan as a kid, and to get tickets you had to go to a little department store called Holbrook’s that sold gym clothes and Boy Scout stuff and had a ticket service to Dodger Stadium,” says Russ Havens, who at 54 is old enough to remember a time—the mid ‘70s, in his case—when there were still department stores with their own box offices that sold tickets made of thin cardboard to Boy Scouts. “I’d buy tickets weeks in advance, pin them up in my bedroom, and those tickets would remind me every day: Hey, you’re gonna see the Dodgers. I held onto those stubs.” And those stubs held on to him.

Not purely on baseball, I admit (though baseball clearly appears here)- but an interesting article to ponder, especially to those of us who handled physical tickets just last night and the night before.

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 11:59 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: going digital, physical objects, tickets

 

 

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