Scalpers: Ruining the Fun for Everyone

Sara LegarskyCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2008

As a Pirate fan, I enjoy going to as many games as I can throughout a season. So every year when single game tickets go on sale, I am at my computer at 10 a.m. to buy my tickets for the home opener and Skyblast (by far the best fireworks show ever).

This morning I woke up, logged on to and at 10 I actually got right through to buy my home opener tickets. I thought everything was going great, until...

The ticket's verification number was blocked. Ten minutes later, it finally allowed me to buy my tickets, which aren't the best, but not that bad.

I went to buy the Skyblast ones, and the same thing happened.

I wouldn't mind this, but within five minutes of the single game tickets going on sale, over 2,000 tickets were available to buy on for more than three times the actual amount.

Tickets that are normally $27 are now being sold for over $70, and tickets for the Yankees series are going for over $550.

How is this fair?

Ticket-selling websites are ruining the fun for the average sports fan. They are ruining the feeling of going to the ballpark for an affordable price with your family.

Many of these ballparks are not filling all of their seats now because while the team shows that the game is "sold out" it really isn't.

The scalpers have bought all the tickets and are unable to sell them because they are outrageously priced.

It is about time that something is done about this. It is not fair that a person who actually wants to buy these tickets is unable to, because someone who does not want them has bought them instead.

That is why MLB, NHL, NFL and other sports leagues should make some new rules regarding the amount of tickets per person, and if they do go on sale on websites such as Stubhub or Ebay, then they should be sold for no more then $10 above the retail price.

If this continues for too long, no one is going to be able to afford to see their favorite teams at all unless they are willing to sell their home.