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.
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."
September 17, 1987 |
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.
December 31, 1993 |
It was a scene that symbolizes the frantic scramble for Rose Bowl tickets by Wisconsin fans. And it happened at 35,000 feet. Jerry Norsman, a Madison, Wis., travel agent, stood in the aisle in front of a planeload of Los Angeles-bound Badger fans and let them in on the bad news. The tickets he thought he was buying on their behalf for $150 each had just jumped in price to $300. "We need help," Norsman said. He asked people to split the difference with him and pay an additional $75 per ticket.