Players, coaches sell Super Bowl tickets in violation of NFL rules

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.

9 responses to “Players, coaches sell Super Bowl tickets in violation of NFL rules

  1. Based on a stadium seating 100,000 people the league issue out the following amount of tickets(approx).

    Each participating team = 17,500
    Host team = 5,000
    Each remaining team =1,200
    sponsors, politicians, VIP guests,celebrities=24,200
    The true fans that get awarded seats through the leagues “lottery” program= 1,000

    Seriously. The fans go to the games, buy the jerseys, spend money on the sponsors products at the games get a WHOPPPING 1% of tickets.

    Why do fans continue to allow the league to shaft them?

  2. Seems simple enough: Talk to the NYT and find out what evdience they received in preparation for their story which implicates players, coaches, etc. scalping SB tickets.

    My guess is, like other things, the NFL just wants to whistle past the graveyard and pretend like this story never came out, hoping it will go away before too many questions are asked.

  3. It’s not a problem you can fix unless you start IDing people at the gate. If they don’t want the tickets sold for a profit, don’t give players and coaches a special opportunity to buy them. Personally, I’d rather the players and coaches make a few extra bucks off of them than corporate sponsors or professional scalpers.

  4. Assuming you numbers are correct…

    17,500 for each of the two playing teams. 35,000 tickets.
    Add 5,000 for the host team. 40,000 tickets.
    Add 1,200 for the other twenty-nine teams. 74,800 tickets.

    Do you really think those 74,800 tickets that go to the teams are only going to people associated with the thirty-two teams? No, most of them are going to fans of the teams who are allocated the tickets. Six years ago, when the Bears went to Miami, my coworker (season ticket holder) was able to buy up to the number of season tickets he held. He and his wife went to the game, and he told the Bears ticket office that he didn’t want the other two tickets he was able to purchase.

  5. The NFL doesn’t because they’ve already made their money off those tickets.
    I’d bet they are more concerned with busting the guys selling $10 shirts in the parking lots since they aren’t, you know, official merchandising partners.

  6. Question will be, Will GODdell drop the hammer on these coaches for “breaking the rules” the same way he dropped it on the Saints Pay for performance (not injury) since all the other teams were participating. I personally doubt it.

  7. It’s a difficult one to police. You can penalise the players for scalping their ticket allocation, but what if their friends and family sell on tickets that were given to them in good faith? Is that the players fault?

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