The ticketing debacle swirling around this month’s Tostitos BCS National Championship game touched more companies than just StubHub.
Libertyville, IL-based Gotickets.com, which contracted with Navarre, FL-based Events Worldwide (EW) for BCS tickets, allegedly paid EW more than $74,000 for an undisclosed number of tickets to the January 10 game, but EW allegedly never delivered the tickets and has not returned the money.
“Plaintiff has made demand upon the Defendant, but Defendant has refused to deliver the tickets for the BCS Championship or refund the monies paid by Plaintiff,” the lawsuit states. “In order for Plaintiff to meet its contractual obligations to its customers, and because Defendant failed to provide the BCS Championship tickets that Plaintiff ordered and purchased, Plaintiff purchased more expensive replacement tickets.”
This year’s BCS Championship game between Auburn and Oregon became one of the most expensive tickets on the secondary market in recent memory, which led to trouble for many brokers and fans because tickets quickly became scarce. In addition, the market was flooded with speculative sales of tickets, where some brokers sold tickets before they had obtained them, which exacerbated the problem.
StubHub, which was the official ticket resale marketplace for the game, guaranteed purchases made on its Web site and was forced to scramble to fill dozens of orders by buying back tickets, often for thousands of dollars above face value.
Gotickets.com, the nation’s sixth-largest secondary ticket seller, also guarantees its orders, according to the company. Joe Bennett, CEO of Gotickets, told TicketNews that he could not discuss any details of the lawsuit, and he declined to elaborate on the number of tickets his company allegedly was set to receive from Events Worldwide.
“It was a meaningful number of tickets, and in the end we took care of our customers because they come first,” he said.
Lucky and Cynthia Wells, owners of Events Worldwide, could not be reached for comment.
“At the time of ordering the BCS Championship tickets from Defendant, Plaintiff telephonically confirmed with Defendant that Defendant possessed the tickets and that Defendant would deliver those tickets ordered and purchased by Plaintiff,” states the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Northern Florida.
“Defendant knew or should have known that its statements concerning its possession and ability to deliver the BCS Championship tickets ordered and purchased by Plaintiff were false at the time they were made to Plaintiff. Defendant deliberately made these false representations of material fact to Plaintiff, knowing and intending that Plaintiff would rely on its representations and assurances and order and pay for the BCS Championship tickets. As a result of and in justifiable reliance on Defendant’s false representations of material facts, Plaintiff ordered and purchased the BCS Championship tickets from Defendant.”