There’s been some talk lately about the SJC’s decision to force StubHub to turn over names of those who sold their Patriots season tickets on the website. I hope you guys realize I am not blindly supporting the Patriots here but this whole thing reeks of bullshit so badly, I can smell it through my computer monitor. The Patriots are 100% right in this matter and sure, it may seem monopolistic and unfair but if you sold your season tickets for a ridiculous markup on StubHub, you have no right to complain and I’m going to tell you why.
First and foremost, just like with Driver’s Licenses and plane tickets, you are NOT entitled to season tickets. Season tickets are a privilege that you were fortunate enough to obtain. Go whine to the 50,000+ people who have been on the waiting list for YEARS and see if they care.
If you are selling your tickets at a huge markup, you are making a profit on a product that is not yours.
For shits and giggles, I went on StubHub tonight looking for tickets to next week’s Patriots-Redskins match up. Among the horribly overpriced tickets, I saw lower level tickets with a face value of $125 being sold for $736! That’s more than $600 of pure profit for the ticket holder. Wow! Assuming those came from a season ticket holder, and he/she sold each game’s tickets for a $600 profit, that’s nearly $5,000 per seat. WOW!
“Diane, a season ticket holder who asked not to be identified for fear of being targeted by the Patriots, said she sold some of her seats on StubHub to help defray the cost of purchasing them.” Poor, Diane. Ya know what? My dad had sweet season tickets (50 yard line, lower level, 10 rows back) for 25 years and when he couldn’t afford them anymore, he gave them up. Tough shit.
“Mike, another season ticket holder who attempted to sell tickets on StubHub and requested anonymity, said he didn’t appreciate the Patriots going to court to obtain private information about him.” Let me get this straight – You’re concerned about the Patriots receiving the same exact private information that you already submitted to them when you purchased your season tickets? Are you serious?
Since I’ve never actually had season tickets, I decided to ask my dad his thoughts. A Patriots season ticket holder for 25 years, my dad and his uncle held three seats since the opening of Schaffer Stadium. I figured, if anyone knows what it’s like to be a season ticket holder, it’s my dad.
Me: “So Dad, what do you think about this whole ticket business?”
Dad: “They’re scalpers. Plain and simple.”
If you want to sell your tickets, fine. If you want to sell your tickets for well above the face value, fine. But don’t get upset when you get in trouble for doing so. Don’t try and make yourself look like the good guy being picked on by the giant. It’s illegal and it’s unfair to people who want to go to games but aren’t lucky enough to have season tickets and rich enough to afford your ridiculous markup.