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While patient Orlando Magic fans have waited almost 15 years since the last time the team was in the NBA Finals, not all of them will be able to see the team live when games shift to Amway Arena in the city.
Because the arena doesn't have a press box, the team is forced to reclaim hundreds of seats that will go to members of the press who are covering the championship. About 200 countries are sending press representatives to cover the finals between the Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers.
In March, the NFL's New York Giants announced that it had "sold all [one-time] personal seat licenses (PSLs) for non-club seats in the Giants' new stadium in the Meadowlands." Those non-club PSLs sold for a low of $1,000 for the Terraces to a high of $20,000 for the Field Levels, with the individual game-tickets prices ranging from $85 to $160.
The press release went on to say, "The only PSLs remaining for purchase are a limited number of seats in the three club areas – Coach's Club, Mezzanine Club A and Mezzanine Club B." The PSL price for the Coach's Club is $20,000, while the PSL for Mezzanine Club A is $12,500 and Club B is $7,500.
There are news reports that the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, who have a six-to-eight year waiting list for season tickets, are imposing seat limits – including those held by longtime season ticket holders.
Canada’s CBC News reported that Kingsley Bailey, who re-sells event tickets through his business Vancouver Ticket Services, said "he’s been told he won't be allowed to renew 20 out of the 24 Canucks season tickets he holds." Bailey said he’s been supporting the Canucks since 1995.
Three New York Jets fans have filed a lawsuit against the Jets, claiming the team manipulated the prices of the personal seat licenses (PSL) in the "Coaches Club" section in their new stadium during a public online auction. The public auction took place in late October of last year and was conducted on StubHub, which is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
When the Jets announced their PSL policy last August, they announced the 2,000 "Coaches Club" PSLs would be sold exclusively as part of an auction in order to allow the market determine the price. Once the auction had closed, the team had only sold slightly over 600 of the seats, withholding the 1,400 remaining seats from the auction and planned to sell them at a fixed price.
ANSA news agency stated Tuesday that UEFA Champions League Final tickets will be selling for up to 3,000 euros ($4,200) outside Rome’s Stadio Olimpico this Wednesday, May 27, for the game between Manchester United and Barcelona, and tension is mounting over speculation that there could be impending trouble.
The choice of Rome as a venue has already been questioned by many, due to incidents involving police officers and traveling soccer supporters stretching back over several years, but measures in place this year include a total alcohol ban and designated congregation areas for fans of each team. Tickets have been issued as plastic cards, matched to holders’ ID to prevent resale. However, enforcing this could lead to confusion and chaos among traveling soccer fans, exacerbated by the 30,000 fans expected to arrive in Rome without Manchester United tickets.
The City of Chicago has been one of the hardest hit cities during the current economic recession, and city officials have turned their eyes towards the Chicago Bears and some of their season ticket holders in an effort to help boost the city's tax coffers.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the city sent letters to some of the team's permanent seat license (PSL) owners saying they owe a city-issued amusement tax on their PSL, some of which were purchased seven years ago.
The debate continues about the practice of sports teams restricting ticket sales to certain area codes/zip codes.
Most recently, the Washington Capitals tried to keep Pittsburgh Penguins fans away from playoff games at the Verizon Center by blocking customers with Pittsburgh area/zip codes from access to tickets. Penguins fans have had better luck purchasing tickets for the upcoming playoff games versus the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center, as the club did not block ticket sales for Games 3 and 4 of the playoff series.
Speaking about this practice, Kyle Prairie, director of ticket sales for the Hurricanes, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that "it's done to prevent the online ticket brokers such as stubhub.com from charging fans exorbitant prices well above the face value of tickets." (The club does restrict sales for the Stanley Cup Final.)
The storied college football team is in talks to play a game at the new Yankee Stadium, possibly in 2013 or perhaps before, according to the New York Times and ESPN. One possible opponent is Army in 2013 for the 100th anniversary of their head-to-head match-ups.
A case of double-booking has displaced an upcoming World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) event from the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. The WWE's Monday Night Raw has moved to the Staples Center in Los Angeles from the Pepsi Center in Denver on May 25. The Staples Center has also added an additional WWE Smackdown exhibition on May 26.
The Pepsi Center conflict concerned an NBA conference finals basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Both the wrestling exhibition and the basketball game also had huge television commitments; the basketball game could not be moved to another venue but the wrestling match could.
Barry Kahn, founder and CEO of Austin, TX-based QCue appeared on CNBC this week to discuss his company's involvement with the San Francisco Giants dynamic ticket pricing plan this season. See the video below.
The San Francisco Giants are the first team in Major League Baseball to experiment with dynamic pricing, which is an initiative that allows the team to alter ticket prices at the box office on-the-fly. The model resembles that of airlines that change prices based on demand and other factors.