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Aircraft carrier basketball game will help Jags move tickets

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When the University of Florida plays Georgetown on the deck of an aircraft carrier moored/parked/anchored/whatever in Jacksonville, everyone who buys tickets to the unique event will also be buying tickets to a Jaguars game.

Whether they like it or not.

According to Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union, ticket packages for the November 9 basketball game start at $1,000.  For that amount, the purchaser gets two tickets to the Georgetown-Florida game, two tickets to the Colts-Jaguars game to be played on NFL Network the night before, and four more tickets to the Colts-Jaguars game, which will be donated to military personnel.

So, basically, for every ticket sold to the basketball game, three will be sold to the Colts-Jaguars game.  With 5,000 tickets to the basketball game available, that translates to 15,000 tickets to the football game.

The tying arrangement apparently is being justified by reliance on a military regulation that prohibits individual tickets to be sold to an event on a military base.

I’m a bit shocked and perplexed that military regulations could so easily be circumvented by requiring the folks who buy tickets to the basketball game to buy multiple tickets to a completely unrelated event.  But sometimes it’s easier to just accept what’s being peddled at face value, no matter how confusing it may be.  Especially when the proceeds from packages that also can be purchased for $2,500, $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000 will be devoted to veterans’ services.

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12 Responses to “Aircraft carrier basketball game will help Jags move tickets”
  1. cornellsteelers says: Jul 12, 2012 9:29 PM

    Talk about poison pills.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 12, 2012 9:31 PM

    Spectators refusing to buy the ticket packages will be deployed to the Persian Gulf immediately following the game.

  3. rekingcrew says: Jul 12, 2012 9:32 PM

    If I lived in the area I would be all over this.

  4. whatifisayno says: Jul 12, 2012 9:36 PM

    The basketball game would be more interesting if it were being played on the deck of an aircraft carrier in heavy seas.

  5. theravenlives2 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:48 PM

    Cool! Now we can hear from all the great Jags fans about how they will be extending their incredibly long sell-out streak to 2o-some games! What’s up for the next game? If you buy a whopper you get two tickets? If it has cheese on the sandwich, it’s two more! All this from the area the “Sun King” Paul Tagliabue and his bean-counters promised us was the next great promiseland for the NFL.

  6. gojags436 says: Jul 13, 2012 12:39 AM

    Geez, Ravens fan…you’ve got a team (that your city stole from some other poor fans, by the way – way to go! support a team that did to Cleveland the same thing the Colts did to you!)…so stop your bitching.

  7. plt2006 says: Jul 13, 2012 12:46 AM

    So creativity in marketing and ticket sales is a bad thing?

    The primary cost of the $1,000 tickets is the UF-Georgetwon basketball game which will have fairly limited seating and is one of those premier type events that will be attended by your bigwigs, etc.

    Hats off to Alan Verlander and the Jags for figuring out how to piggyback on this great event and possibly get some people to go to the game who might not have even thought about it before.

  8. wmthomas3 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:16 AM

    This is an example of the forward thinking that Khan and his front office brings to Jacksonville. I am excited to have them here.

  9. khmer379 says: Jul 13, 2012 3:07 AM

    Well if one of the team get blown out at least they can go fishing!

  10. joetoronto says: Jul 13, 2012 5:33 AM

    Kahn job.

  11. ar1888 says: Jul 13, 2012 6:48 AM

    Nothing says America like being forced to bail out a struggling NFL team. Buy more tarps.

  12. One Up the Bum says: Jul 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    I’d be terrified of sliding off the court onto the non-skid on the flight deck! Talk about hamburger, screw that!

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