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Papal Digest : Scalping Tickets for Charity

September 17, 1987|NIKKI FINKE from staff reports

For weeks, Los Angeles ticket brokers were squeamish about scalping tickets to the papal Masses at the Coliseum or Dodger Stadium--a local miracle, of sorts. So when the events finally came to pass, Good Time Tickets and Front Row Center tickets gave them a miss.

But not Murray's Tickets. Manager Mark Goldman said his firm obtained 100 sought-after tickets to sell, 50 for the Coliseum Mass and 50 for the Dodger Stadium service. Apparently, the tickets came from various sources, most of them people who couldn't attend the Masses for one reason or another, Goldman explained. Though originally distributed free by diocesan officials, the tickets were being sold for between $10 and $100 each, depending on the price at which the firm was able to buy them.

So Murray's Tickets made a bundle, right? No. Employees said Goldman had arranged ahead of time to donate the proceeds from the papal Mass tickets to a worthy charity.

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