November 11, 2008 |
Tickets for President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural events are selling for up to $10,858, even though they haven't been distributed yet and are supposed to be free. Ticket brokers wouldn't say where the tickets were coming from, and the committee in charge of the event emphasized that all 240,000 tickets to the swearing-in are in a locked room and won't be released until Jan. 19 -- the day before the event. They are distributed by members of Congress. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.
May 11, 1991 |
Driven by state lottery jackpots skyrocketing past the $100-million mark, a new breed of entrepreneur and con man has emerged across the country, creating ever-expanding gambling networks that are turning state lotteries into national numbers games. They are commonly called out-of-state ticket brokers and for a fee--usually double the normal ticket price--they offer lottery players the opportunity to bet on booming games in almost any state.
February 13, 2009 |
Avid sports fan Tony Pena of Pasadena waits and waits until the price is right for tickets. When he wants to see an upcoming game, he scours two local ticket broker websites daily. "The closer to a game, they're more desperate to sell," said Pena, 27. And he's right. At a recent Clippers home game, Pena sat in section 301 for about 85% off the regular price because he waited until 4 p.m., about three hours before tipoff, to buy it from a local broker, Barry's Tickets.
April 9, 2009 |
First of all, I'm really cheap. Jack Benny cheap. I may sleep on a bed of $50 bills, but only because I don't trust the banks. So what's a tightwad like me doing at a Lakers game? Seeking out an affordable seat, with you in mind. See, you're constantly in my thoughts and dreams. And today I'm scoping out a Lakers game for you -- looking for deals, determining the outlook for playoff tix, that sort of thing. As you already know, Lakers tickets can be among the most befuddling in all of sports.
June 15, 1991 |
Caught in a cross-fire between promoters of rock concerts and independent agents who resell tickets at super-inflated prices, the Senate reversed itself Friday and narrowly approved a heavily lobbied bill to put scalpers in jail or out of business. The bill, supported by rock music impresario Bill Graham, was defeated last week, with 12 votes for and 15 against. But Sen.
June 24, 1998 |
Two-time Cy Young Award-winner Bret Saberhagen is threatening to retire at the end of the season because of a financial dispute with his ex-wife. Saberhagen said that he gets to keep only 13% of his earnings because he has to pay 47% to his ex-wife, 35% to taxes and 5% to his agent. Saberhagen, who will make $1.15 million from the Boston Red Sox this year, said he pays $85,000 a month in spousal and child support for his ex-wife, Janeane, and their three children.
February 17, 1989 |
Tickets to the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament are bringing more than 20 times the face value for top seats, and ticket brokers say they will go higher yet during the remaining six weeks. Operators like Dave Brusslan of Indianapolis, who has a national ticket brokerage as a sideline to his regular work as a computer consultant, advertises to buy tickets at substantially more than face value, mostly from those selected to buy them at $55 each through a national lottery.
January 15, 1994
I was puzzled as to why the Raiders' playoff game had trouble selling out. Consider this: I telephoned TicketMaster on Tuesday morning (Jan. 4) hoping to purchase at least three tickets (possibly four). Unfortunately, the customer service representative informed me that TicketMaster did not have three tickets available that were together. I was told I could purchase three single tickets, but that they would be located throughout the stadium. I then tried to purchase two tickets together and one close by. I was told TicketMaster didn't have that combination available, either.
August 29, 1985 |
Ticket handlers and promoters are hardly calling it a backlash, but--surprise!--as of noon Wednesday a fair number of tickets still remained available through Ticketron and Ticketmaster outlets for all four Bruce Springsteen Coliseum shows next month. Brian Murphy of Avalon Attractions, the concerts' promoter, would give no definite number but said "a few thousand seats for each show are still left over." Murphy added the seats remained "because our wristband idea worked too well."