Knew that was a bad idea on the part of the AD.
selling free tickets for money?!?
I can't believe somebody would take advantage of college athetlics in order to make a quick buck.
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The financial situation in Michigan? Call me whatever you want but if I was unable to go and didn't have a close friend who wanted to go I'd totally sell them if someone was willing to buy them...
Which is why it should be free, no-tickets, open to everyone.
1) So people negatively effected by said lousy economy can attend the game.
2) So that scalpers will not make money INTENDED FOR A CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
You do realize it is free, open to everyone and you don't need a ticket.
If points were accumulating, I would order a negbang on you right here and now and send your sorry a-- right to Bolivian. Selling free tickets is bush-league.
Ah, but would you then jump to represent the newest Bolivian resident?
If so, it would appear that you are attempting to drum up business for yourself...
Fucking lawyers, man, buncha ambulance-chasers. Or whatever you ride in when you're deported to Bolivia.
Selling free tickets is bush league.
How about just donating them to a school, as a door prize for charity, to a co-worker who has a kid interested in football...list pretty endless.
If I could neg...I would neg.
The economy sucks and you want to charge somebody for free seats. Why not give them to somebody sitting in the endzone with his 2 kids and make their day. Could be the only game they see all year!
Or they could just show up and walk in for free. The spring game is never going to sell out.
It is a reasonable assumption that one will be able to move from the endzone to a better seat.
That doesn't make the ticket idea any less asinine.
Here is the weather forecast for Ann Arbor for Saturday:
Rain / Snow Showers
That, above all else, will tell you how many people will come out to this game. I think anybody that wants a good seat is going to have one. Anybody that sells tickets that are free for an event that is mostly designed to support the team and to benefit a charity should get their priorities straightened out - whether the economy is good or not.
Keeping people out of the empty "premium seats" when the Stadium is over half empty due to weather. It was a stupid idea from the start, especially when you're trying to raise money for charity.
That always happens with free tickets. Honestly, there are some assholes in the world. I think they should have made a $5 donation to Motts mandatory with each ticket. That way, you don't get these people just collecting free ones and trying to resell, and it raises some money but is still affordable for families.
Who wants to take the chance that they're going to spend money on tickets that they may or may not be able to sell?
Hang out outside of Comerica Park on any given home game night and you'll find out.
i took the max of 10 after asking some friends if they wanted to go. Now they have all backed out because of potential weather....i have great seats in section 1 but would never consider selling them. but ill will tell people where they are if they need better seats.
with that being said i have between 5 and 8 seats that have potentional to be offerend to anyone that may want them.
lower rows section 1
Myself, gf, brother, mother, and father are going to the game. We have crumby seats in section 18. Hook a brother up?
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Hey bringing my 8 year old son down to the Big house for the first time. Before I could get tickets they were all sold or I guess given out. If you had any extras I'd be happy to take them off your hands.
email me (look up), i dont want to have a free for all for the seats
I'll give you $20 each for them!
Whew, not that I've got tickets taken care of, I should see what's going on in the rest of this thread.
In seriousness, though, I'm bummed to not be in town this year, it was a lot of fun to go last year, especially to catch a glimpse of what Denard could do!
Very nice! How much?
Free tickets and money are two of my favorite things. I try to get both as often as possible. However, I would definitely not take free tickets and sell them, ESPECIALLY not to a fellow Michigan fan! That's ridiculous and those people should be brought to MGoJustice. I sure hope we don't have any MGoMembers doing sh-t like that . . .
It may just be that I'm a scumbag, but I don't see much difference in marking up a $0 ticket to $25 or $30 and marking up a $85 OSU ticket to $200. It's the nature of the scalpers market. If some morons are really willing to pay $25 for a ticket they could have gotten themselves for $0 or could just show up and walk in for free, so be it.
I feel the same way towards ticket brokers that eat up available season tickets just to sell on the secondary market. Check out ebay right now. It is ridiculous the prices they are charging right now. $300 plus per seat for UM/ND.
I don't have an issue with someone that sells their seat and is just recouping their investment. A season ticket has a face value but they also pay a PSD or a renewal every year.
I think the biggest problem that people have is that the spring game is an annual fund raiser for the Mott Children's Hospital. Selling a free ticket for cash ultimately puts money in your pocket that could have been given as a donation to a good cause.
I am in NYC and will not make it, but are there not plenty of good seats available? Just get in and move and save the money for the hospital. Is it worth it to take money from the hospital?
I'm willing to pay maybe $10 each for decent seats, say between the 20's & no more than 1/3 of the way up. If I can get some freebies, I'll stick the money in the Mott's bucket instead.
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you'd have to fight ME to get to me. Wait, that's kinda creepy I guess. .
will verify with those that said they were going tomorrow. Two shouldn't be a problem and my seats are in section 44 row 30. If everyone's not going there yours for a donation to Mott. Email GoBlueFanSCP at aol dot com.
With tickets being sold and the expectation of bad weather, I am starting to have a really hard feeling that these tickets will actually been enforced. Of course, that will be even worse for the people who actually did buy the tickets. This whole thing is just messy.
I don't understand how this is such a shock to some people. Do you not remember the Free monday night game in detroit where people were going up and taking the max amount of tickets and then selling them on the street. Any time there is something free someone takes advantage of the situation and sells it.
I have 4 mediocre tickets, Section 43, Row 89, Seats 17-20 that I will be unable to use. If anybody actually wants them, I'll send them to you free of charge. Just email my throwaway email address, ____and they're yours.
EDIT: Tickets are gone and emailed to a young MGoBlogger
HOW DARE US DIVIDE MICHIGAN
Wait, do we actually have to get tickets to the Spring Game? I thought it was just walk-in?
I knew there were tickets, but are they required? I need to know this!
but you will be directed toward the end zone sections without tickets.
You will likely be able to move to better seats once inside........
... welcome to capitalism. If this offends you, I recommend moving to Cuba.
If there is a market for the tickets, it is not wrong to receive monetary compensation for them.
I was under the impression scalping was illegal?
I would also question the morality of making money off of an event that is partially centered on charity.
... otherwise stubhub and ebay would be out of business.
Regarding the morality... I never said it was moral (or immoral), just part of capitalism. The man has a good, other people want the good, the man and other people agree upon the right value of the good, and a transaction is made. We can assume the person purchasing the ticket is happy, because they weren't forced into the decision, and we can assume the seller is happy.
I guess there are just a lot bigger things to be indignant about than this.
I don't disagree with anything you said. I just think its bush-league to scalp tickets to a charity event.
Also, good point about stubhub. The only evidence I have that it is illegal is an old "Home Improvement" episode where Tim has Wings tickets but is forced to go to the opera and tries to sell the tickets to make money and gets arrested by an undercover cop. So if that is rock solid evidence, which it is, then scalping might be illegal.
Selling tix for over face value, and selling season tickets at any price is illegal in MI.
While I personally think that anyone who sells their tickets for money is a schmuck, I 100% agree you can choose to do whatever you like with your tickets. Finances aside, I tend to find greater satisfaction in giving away my season tickets (when I can't go) to someone who can use them. Unfortunately not everyone is in that position, so I inheritantly favor the capitalistic approach. If a demand exists, all the power to the seller.
Boggles my mind that so many people care about what other people do on here. People spend more time complaining or commenting on someone's grammar or punctuation, than the actual contents of the post. Is this becoming cbssportsline?
And Handing out +1, or whatever the h$ll that means. Are u serious? Ridiculous.
Commenting on what other people say/do.
I guess you have a point, if you consider me passing judgement on those that pass judgment, as a bit of irony. As an alumnus, I tend to prefer to read mgblog for it's content, opinions and information regarding Michigan Athletics, rather then the bickering that, without fail, appears throughout the board. I just think commenting on grammar and passing out points for, I'm assuming, pertinent or informative content, seems strange. Has Michigan football fandom become a competition?
I must say, when I'm sitting on the shitter, reading mgoblog, it's always enjoyable to hear someone's opinion about the team, the coaches, and recruits. Mix in a little history and your have an enjoyable site. Mix in some db's (no, that's not defensive back) comment about Jim's grammar, and you have yourself a pile of dog sh$t.
But, like you alluded to, plenty of irony there.
With that said...whomever wrote the post asking people about their experiences over the years about watching football games in the presence of others....fans or non-fans...it was a great thought, and I loved reading the similarities to my own life. I'm almost embarrassed to tell all the stories about the things that have consumed me before, during or after a Michigan football game.
I live in Chicago now, and obviously there isn't as strong as a Michigan base here. But there are still many places to gather (Duffy's). As Michigan has struggled over the last three years, I have opted to watch the games solo. I become too emotional, and it's only safe for me to be left alone with my own vice.
Last year was tough, and losing to State again, brought out a side to me that I didnt even know existed. I was staying with an MSU friend who lives in Brighton. I arrived on Friday night, and went to the game together on Saturday. We sat together, but drove separately. After the game, I walked off, started to drive toward his house, then decided I just couldn't do it. His elation and excitement was something I just couldn't be a part of. So I decided to drive home, to Chicago, solo, without notifying him. He called and called and I wouldn't pick up. My wife called too. The foray thing she said was, 'I'm sorry baby' and from that point forward, I sat in silence, only to be asked 'are you crying?' As anyone knows, who enjoys a good gentlemans cry, if you are asked that...the fountain will burst. And on check, I mumbled and stumbled and tried to explain to her how awful I felt and how hurt I was by this loss. I was so angry at what was transpiring with Michigan football and the behavior of the Spartan faithful.
I ended up not making it all the way home, and stayed at some Hampton Inn along the highway near Marshall, MI. But I didn't stop before finally calling my MSU friend and apologizing for my sudden departure. It wasn't him I was mad at, it was losing....and losing frequenty, that has damaged my soul and got me to rethinking my affiliation with the mighty Wolverines. What I know, is that I love Michigan Football more than anything in life...yes, more than anything!
When my father passed away 25 years ago, at the age of 37, after taking me to every home game for 10 years, we tossed his ashes on that field, and he belongs there, as many I do, and many others. It's history and a part of our fabric, our souls, our lives. It IS who many of us are now. While I love my wife, and my family and friends, I BLEED Michigan football, and it is a part of who I am. And I'm proud of it.
I've kept a blog about some of the things I've felt over time, (I.e. After the Appalacian State loss), regarding Michigan Football. Like many things in life, I find that writing about a particular situation, serves as an emotional outlet. I guess it's like keeping a journal about your travels? It's always nice to recollect and pass on our fervor and excitement for your favorite college team. I imagine it's like that for a lot of people, (living vicariously through others),and it was nice to read others thoughts about their experiences.
Go Blue! Hail.
And pointing out the "irony".
But moving story.
the natural result of a stupid idea.
I'm assuming there will also be huge pockets of unused seats in prime seating areas as a result of this "idea". Unless you're going to actually charge, Spring Game should always be first come, first served.
I was going to drive in from Chicago but have decided that I can not afford the gas to make this trip. I have two tickets in sec 44 row 59 seats 1 and 2 that I will not use. Anyone that wants them can have them. The first person to replay with an email address will get them.
I would be happy to have them if theyre still available. bmilligan15 at gmail.
What was the point of these "reserved seats" anyways? What benefit was derived from doing this? I didn't, at any point, see a nudge to donate to the hospital in the "buying" process. And of course people are selling it, they now own something of value. If I didn't have some reserved seats I would seriously consider paying some money (not that much) to get sideline seats from someone, fully aware of the fact that they got it for free.
The tickets are officially free, and there won't be anything remotely close to a capacity crowd for the event (unless Hokamania is a far greater force than I'm thinking it is...). Why in hell would anybody pay even a nickel to a private individual? It's a freaking glorified practice, for Chrissakes. Does it really matter where your seats are for this? The odds are you're going to be able to move all over the stadium anyhow, especially if the weather sucks.
They'll buy tickets to see Charlie Sheen, then complain when they see...Charlie Sheen.
Fans that choose the print-at-home option will be guaranteed a reserved seat in one of above sections at the stadium (while supplies last) and will be entered into a drawing for some exclusive Michigan merchandise and game tickets including:
• A Michigan Football Helmet Autographed by Brady Hoke
• A Football Autographed by the 2011 Coaching Staff
• Two (2) tickets to the Michigan-Notre Dame Game
• A Desmond Howard Autographed Jersey
The Mott Spring Game is free and fans do not need to have a print-at-home ticket to attend.
The whole concept is stupid. However, nobody deserves to be screwed over. Pretty crazy how someone would think you need a ticket to attend a game.
Wait, you need tickets? I was planning on just showing up like I've always done.
People got to get paid. Who am I to say that it's wrong, especially if some poor sap is stupid enough to buy free tickets at a non sold out event. It isn't crack, it's football.
I am planning on going anyway, but would prefer a chance at a better seat without having to worry about sitting in someone else's seat. If anyone has a left over ticket it's just me so let me know. Thanks in advance.
I didn't know that you had to get tickets... where do I get them from? I thought it was just going to be run like last year...
Can we still just show up without a ticket and walk in?
Who realizes what a God-awful idea this whole thing is to email the athletic department and TELL THEM.
And yes, everyone, you can still get in without a ticket. You'll just be in the endzones. How they enforce this should be a clusterfuck.
if i gave you a free new car would you sell it? if so for how much? I they have the tickets they have the right to sell them.
Thats a really bad analogy because not all cars are free, like these tickets. With that said, I have nothing wrong with them selling them, I just dont' know why anyone would buy them....
You're right, why would anyone buy them?
But to address the morality issue, why the hell is it illegal to sell a commodity at a profit? In communist Russia, tickets scalp you!
I have a sparty friend who posts on the Red Cedar board, and he said the mouthbreathers on that site were ordering up tickets, some with the intention of trying to sell them to: "dumbshit walmy rednecks". Another reason why this was a turrible idea by the AD.