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The United States Golf Association announced that it is going to make more U.S. Open tickets available to the general public for this year’s event. The sport's second Major Tournament, the June 15 – 21 event will be held at Long Island, NY's famed Bethpage Black course. Tickets to the Open are generally considered to be among hardest in sports to acquire.
The reason for the release of the additional tickets is reportedly a downturn in corporate hospitality sales.
Less than a week after the team slashed prices for many of its premium tickets, hundreds of premium New York Yankees tickets are turning up on StubHub, and speculation is rising that the team or intermediaries may have posted them.
While there is no direct proof that the team is involved – as a policy, StubHub does not disclose seller information – large quantities of premium seats are not turning up on other broker Web sites or exchanges, only on StubHub, which gives the impression that the tickets are not coming from multiple sources.
"RazorGator Official Partnership with Tournament of Roses® to Include BCS National Championship in 2010"
LOS ANGELES (RazorGator) May 4, 2009 – RazorGator has reached agreement with the Tournament of Roses to extend their multi-year partnership for the Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi to include the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game. RazorGator will power the Official Fan2Fan Ticket Exchange for next year’s BCS National Championship Game while its subsidiary, PrimeSport, will serve as the game’s preferred travel package provider.
RazorGator, the industry-leader in Hard-to-Get® tickets for sports and entertainment events worldwide, will continue as the Official Fan2Fan Ticket Exchange Provider of the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl Game for the fourth consecutive year. Under that same agreement, PrimeSport will continue as the Official Hospitality Village and Travel Partner of the Rose Bowl Game. The Rose Bowl® will be held Friday, January 1, 2010, followed by the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game on Thursday, January 7.
On May 1 a student blog at Penn State University was posted with the headline, "Tickets 2k9: The Death of Scalpers." The entry was informing students of the university’s new policy regarding student season tickets for the hugely popular Nittany Lions football games.
According to the post, in the past students purchased season tickets "for about $200," which were then mailed to the students as so-called coupons. Then, the post goes on to say, some students would "... sell each ticket for twice (or more) of its value."
This year's first round of the NBA playoffs has had its fair share of great moments from the hotly contested Bulls-Celtics series to Lebron and the Cavaliers' dominating first round performance. Despite that, most fans are continuing to choose to watch the games from the comfort of their own home rather than buy tickets.
According to data provided by StubHub, eight of the sixteen teams that entered playoffs have seen a decrease in the average ticket selling price for their first round home games since the playoffs began. The first round kicked off on April 18, and even at that point, prices had seen a significant drop-off from 2008.
As everyone knows, when it comes to statistics there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Last week the Associated Press declared that "Over the opening two weeks of the season, Major League Baseball’s average attendance was 30,298 for its first 183 games, a 6.9 percent drop from last year's final figure of 32,539."
But other baseball industry watchers point out that determining true attendance pace requires accounting for how many games each team has played; obviously, each team’s schedule is different from last year. And the AP comparison was to last year’s "final figure" – a bogus analysis since attendance shoots up during the summer months.
"The Boston Red Sox Sign a Multi-Year Contract Extension With Tickets.com"
COSTA MESA, Calif. (PRNewswire) April 29, 2009 - Tickets.com, a leading global provider of integrated ticketing solutions, announced that it has signed a multi-year contract extension with Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox. With the regular season underway, the seven-time World Series Champions head into 2009 with enhanced ticketing functionality for their fans and their organization. The renewal encompasses Tickets.com products including ProVenueMobile(TM), Tickets@Phone(R), Primary Ticket Auctions, and Automated Kiosks.
"We're proud of our company's long association with the Red Sox," said Larry Witherspoon, chief executive officer, Tickets.com. "I'm pleased that we have the opportunity to serve the club with website mobilization and other upgrades this year. Our goal is to help the franchise score wins in brand differentiation, fanbase expansion, and customer service so that they can concentrate all their efforts on playing a successful season."
Having endured the embarrassment of empty seats during several of its initial home games in its new stadium, the New York Yankees announced late Tuesday, April 28, that it was cutting the prices of some of its Legends Suite and other premium tickets, slashing the price of the infamous $2,500-per-game seats by 50 percent.
The team, which had been hammered in the media in recent weeks over the price of the seats, made the announcement in a press release. "On Tuesday, in response to the current economy and a few hundred Suite Seats in premium locations not being sold on a full-season basis, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner announced in a statement a program that adjusts certain prices and benefits affecting those seats."
"French Tennis Federation teams up with viagogo to fight back against ticket touts"
London, ENG (viagogo) April 27, 2009 - The French Tennis Federation (FFT) today signals its intent to combat ticket touting by signing a landmark deal with viagogo to launch an official ticket exchange for tennis fans. The partnership will make viagogo the Official Secondary Ticket Exchange of Roland-Garros and the BNP Paribas Masters. It is the first ever secondary ticketing deal to be initiated in France.
The Roland-Garros viagogo Ticket Exchange will allow tennis fans to buy and sell tickets to these two world class events on viagogo’s safe, secure and guaranteed platform. Fans who can no longer attend a day at the tennis can post their tickets on the online exchange and sell them to other fans at face value prices.
Even though the game is more than two months away, baseball fans are already thinking about this year's Major League Baseball All-Star Game in St. Louis, and due to the slow economy, ticket prices will be substantially lower than for last year's Mid-Summer Classic in New York City.
This year's game will take place on July 14 at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, with ticket prices carrying a face value ranging from $100 to $360 apiece. By contrast, last year's game, which took place during the final year at the old Yankee Stadium, had prices that ranged from $150 to $725, more than double the most expensive ticket in 2009.