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Re: Word Cup Fans Warned Against Buying Tickets on Ebay

jsw (
Thu, 18 May 2006 14:59:32 -0500 (CDT)

> Soccer fans who missed out on the official World Cup draws will run a
> big risk if they buy unauthorized tickets via online auction house
> Ebay, a German official said on Thursday.

For the upcoming College World Series in Omaha in June, tickets have
become a very hot commodity. As of this time, all reserved seat
tickets are sold, and the Powers That Be have stated that a good
percentage of them are now held by scalpers.

Ticket prices are controlled by the NCAA and other PTB, and are kept
quite low for such a sporting event, typically starting $18-ish for
reserved seats and $6-9 for general admission (as in outfield stands).

However, many tickets are appearing on Ebay, other auction sites, and
unauthorized ticket brokers for many times face value.

Despite city ordinances against ticket scalping, and NCAA regulations
against it, the regulations are almost impossible to enforce.

Omaha City Prosecutors and CWS officials are scouring online sites and
taking action where they can, such as revoking any season tickets or
faculty or promotional tickets that get into the scalping market.

Time will tell if these methods will be effective against online

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