Nebraska Spring Football Tickets Going for $250?

We all know that spring football games are just a ruse by universities to make a bunch of cash by giving rabid fans their offseason fix. It’s a fun day of tailgating without having to worry that your team will lose to Toledo.

Nebraska Spring Game Tickets

But things are getting way too crazy over in Lincoln, Nebraska, where a pair of seats for Cornhuskers’ April scrimmage will set you back as much as $253, according to StubHub. Perhaps Nebraska fans are just excited that the Huskers will be playing someone they can beat.

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Crazy Hoops; Pens Have Heart; GM’s Heated Chat

• What a crazy night in college hoops - Northwestern stuns Michigan State, Virginia Tech vanquishes #1 Wake Forest, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology puts an end to its 51-game losing streak.

Kevin Coble Northwestern Michigan State

(Kevin Coble & the ‘Cats had the Spartans hopping mad)

• Meanwhile, a Dallas high school cancels its girls basketball season after getting slammed in a game 100-0.

• An 8-year-old hockey player suffering from cystic fibrosis signs an official contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

• St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak does not suffer online fools gladly.

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St. Louis Police Treat Scalpers Like Drug Dealers

When it comes to scalping tickets, the roles of cops and robbers always get twisted and turned around. Still, there’s little question that this is a new low for police officers everywhere: Not only did St. Louis police take 2006 World Series tickets out of the hands of a Dallas scalper, they took all the money he’d made, too.

huge 2006 world series ticket
(Maybe Johnson should have sold smaller tickets.)

According to this story in the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, suburban Dallas native Eric Johnson had all of his tickets and money seized when he was accosted by police while trying to re-sell tickets to Game 5 of the 2006 World Series, where the Cardinals beat the Tigers to win their most recent world championship. The report on the incident was released thanks to plenty of gumshoe work from Anthony Rothert, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri who agitated for the findings of an inter-departmental investigation.

In fact, it’s those findings that shed the most stunning light on this incident: The tactics that were used on Johnson are, in fact, the exact strategy that St. Louis cops have been using to filch money out of drug dealers for years.

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Be Wary Of The Geriatric, Dodgers Ticket Scalpers

The life of the ticket scalper is not one to envy. You have no guaranteed set level of income, you always have to be on the lookout for the fuzz and, worst of all, you never get to see the beginnings of the games! But now ticket scalpers have a whole new threat to worry about: Undercover geriatrics!

Mr. Six Flags

In Paul Pringle’s story from yesterday’s LA TIMES focusing on the practices of ticket scalping during the Dodgers playoff run - which seems to be coming to an end shortly - a bombshell in unloaded onto the unsuspecting public: The LAPD are using an army of “retirement-age citizens” posing as customers in order to send the scalpers to the slammer.

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Ticket Scalpers Feel The Squeeze Of Online Sellers

Tickets for Penguins’ Stanley Cup games are in high demand in the Steel City. So, scalpers outside Mellon Arena should be rolling in dough, right?

Well, not exactly - thanks to the Internet.

Pittsburgh Penguins mascot Iceburgh

(Iceburgh outside trying to score some primo seats)

The PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE reports how guys selling seats outside the arena are getting scuttled by online ticket brokers like StubHub.

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NCAA Getting In On Ticket Scalping For Final Four

Tired of scalpers bleeding Final Four fans dry with escalated ticket prices, the NCAA is doing something about it - by scalping the seats themselves.

Final Four Tickets

The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that the athletic organization has arranged deals with online ticket resellers “in a bid to share in the wealth being created as Final Four tickets change hands in the secondary market.” And it’s not just seats that they’re selling. Read more…