In 2005, then-Vikings head coach Mike Tice found himself in hot water for reselling Super Bowl tickets, which is strictly prohibited under NFL rules. But a new report says that plenty of other players and coaches still sell their Super Bowl tickets.
In a long look at the market for scalping Super Bowl tickets, the New York Times reports that league employees, players and coaches reselling their Super Bowl tickets for a profit is still a relatively common practice.
That’s a blatant violation of NFL rules: Players and coaches can buy tickets at face value to use for themselves or give to friends and family, but they are told in no uncertain terms that they are not to scalp the tickets for a profit. If the NFL finds out about a player or coach selling tickets for profit, that player or coach will be in big trouble: Tice was fined $100,000 and two Vikings assistants were fined $10,000 apiece in the Super Bowl scalping scandal eight years ago.
The New Orleans Police Department says cracking down on scalping is not a high priority during Super Bowl week, as the police are more concerned about fraudulent sales of phony Super Bowl tickets. But even if the law won’t crack down, the NFL will — if anyone gets caught.