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CloakNNNdagger 09-12-2013 04:22 PM

Scalpers at A&M receive warning
 
Fair or not, potentially awful consequences if not heeded.

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By Brent Zwerneman

September 12, 2013

COLLEGE STATION — With a website billing Saturday's Texas A&M-Alabama clash as the “most expensive regular season college football game ever,” Aggies are being put on notice not to sell their student tickets for quick riches.

Forbes.com reports that tickets overall — not just student seats — are averaging $763 on the secondary market.

That has led to a pre-emptive move by A&M.

“Student sports options are heavily subsidized by season ticket holders,” an email from the athletic department to students declared. “Former students and Aggie fans long have been committed to maintaining the quality and size of the student allotment at Kyle Field. In return, Texas A&M students, the 12th Man, are expected to honor this commitment by not reselling for profit their student tickets.”

For a year now, ever since quarterback Johnny Manziel led the Aggies to an upset victory over the defending national champions in Alabama, the rematch between the two SEC schools has been much anticipated. Since that contest, Alabama went on to win another championship and Manziel won the Heisman Trophy as college football's best player.

On Saturday, Alabama comes to Kyle Field as the nation's top-ranked team. A&M is ranked No. 6.

The email from the athletic department warns that “students found to be in violation of this policy will be penalized, to include cancellation of sports options, cancellation of tickets already pulled and the loss of sports privileges for the duration of their Texas A&M career.”

For freshmen, “duration of their A&M career” is a long time for such a capitalistic indiscretion, and the topic caught fire this week on Twitter and A&M fan-based websites.

“The rules are clear: You can't resell your student tickets for more than face value,” a poster on the popular message board TexAgs.com intoned. “If you don't like the rules, don't buy a sports pass. It really is that easy. If you 'need' the money, you should probably be working the concessions or ticket booth, or working as an usher. ...”

A&M Senior Associate Athletic Director Jason Cook said as of Wednesday night, more than 250 students had been contacted by the university regarding their listings for the tickets on Internet sites such as Facebook and StubHub, and about 1,000 such tickets were in question in the 82,589-seat stadium.

“The reason for proceeding aggressively on this is twofold,” said Cook, who added that most of the students immediately removed their postings when contacted. “We want Aggies in the stands, not people wearing crimson. Secondly, our students are heavily subsidized by our season ticket holders and donors. That's their sacrifice to ensure that Kyle Field remains the 'Home of the 12th Man,' and our students receive prime seating in the stadium.”
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thunderkyss 09-12-2013 04:33 PM

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So if they call me, I just have to say I sold them to my cousin at face value. My cousin on the other hand can sell my ticket of $700+

Seems fair.


Another question..... If A&M loses, do you think they'll drop in their ranking? Does it make sense to drop the #6 team if it loses to the #1 team? I'm assuming that's why #1 is #1 & #6 is not, because most voters already think Alabama is a superior team.

ESAD2-14 09-12-2013 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger (Post 2208164)
Fair or not, potentially awful consequences if not heeded.

REST OF THE STORY

Sounds like they are holding the students more accountable for questionable actions than their Heisman winning quarterback.

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“The rules are clear: You can't resell your student tickets for more than face value,” a poster on the popular message board TexAgs.com intoned. “If you don't like the rules, don't buy a sports pass. It really is that easy. If you 'need' the money, you should probably be working the concessions or ticket booth, or working as an usher. ...”
Wonder if that individual held Johnny to the same standard?

Showtime100 09-12-2013 04:42 PM

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I hear the A&M faculty is going to dress undercover in San Francisco 49er jerseys because they thought the Seattle Police Dept. had such a good idea. :D :tiphat:

FirstTexansFan 09-12-2013 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Showtime100 (Post 2208176)
I hear the A&M faculty is going to dress undercover in San Francisco 49er jerseys because they thought the Seattle Police Dept. had such a good idea. :D :tiphat:

That's some funny stuff right there! And I'm an Ieaga...er Aggie :) MSR

Ole Miss Texan 09-12-2013 04:59 PM

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Any student that sells their Bama ticket for profit will be penalized by missing the first half against SMU.

htownfan32 09-12-2013 05:32 PM

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Yep. I am part of a facebook group online where we used to sell our passes. Last semester everything was reasonable and no-one was locking down on anyone like this before. I sold two or three passes for 50 dollars or less - i.e face value for the most expensive, and like 30 bucks (also face value) for the cheaper ones. It was good money, and I used it to fund my adventures in Austin on the weekends. However, now people are selling their tickets for 400, 500, 600 dollars on that page and it's kind of disgusting. You're supposed to sell them at face value, or give them away. I get the whole supply and demand thing, but frankly it's not good bull.

Blake 09-13-2013 10:38 AM

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They are only pissed that they are not getting a cut.

disaacks3 09-13-2013 11:35 AM

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You beat this the same way you beat reselling Southwest rewards certificates (which according to the rules can't be sold for any amount, but can be given away).

Cost for two tickets - $0
Cost for (xxx, be it delivery, shipping, a lanyard, etc.) - $900

Perfectly within the letter of the rules.


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