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10 Aug 2005

The Redskins Scalping Crackdown

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse as a Redskins fan, Off Wing Opinion points us to this story from the Washington Times:

"The Washington Redskins are revoking season tickets belonging to fans caught selling them for profit on the Internet auction site EBay. Redskins Vice President Karl Swanson yesterday confirmed the club's policy of canceling the season tickets of fans who sell any tickets for more than face value, a common practice for getting rid of unwanted seats."

If the Redskins were to make a to-do list, I'm guessing rampant ticket scalping is right up there with answering fan complaints about exorbitant beer prices. Instead of alienating fans, maybe they should worry about things like, you know, winning football games.

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 10 Aug 2005

13 comments, Last at 12 Aug 2005, 7:48am by Stiller Fan in Cle


by somebody (not verified) :: Wed, 08/10/2005 - 2:18am

Speaking from D.C. Redskins fan are some of the most loyal fans in the nfl, they'll go see the team no matter how many below .500 seasons they have. An owner would have to try really hard to lose fan support here, but Snyder is really trying to do that exact thing. The way he's headed we're going to see some local blackouts here in a couple years that will rival the pre-michael vick atlanta falcons.

by Adam H (not verified) :: Wed, 08/10/2005 - 7:24am

Hell, I wish the Eagles would try this. Then maybe I could get my season tickets before the next millenium.

by David S (not verified) :: Wed, 08/10/2005 - 12:04pm

Has this become a big problem with the Redskins organization? Are the buyers from ebay riff-raff that they don't want in their stadium? Has there been a lot of fake tickets being sold? Or do they just not want other people to make money off of something they already made money off of? I think the Redskins are most certainly displaying hatred towards the players when in fact it is the game that they should despise so certainly.

by Sophandros (not verified) :: Wed, 08/10/2005 - 12:59pm

Am I the only one who thinks that having the words "Redskins" and "scalping" in the same sentence is a little out of line?

by Basilicus (not verified) :: Wed, 08/10/2005 - 2:55pm

Yeah, I noticed that, too...I think the name Redskins is out of line to begin with, but I have nothing against the heading of this particular extra point.

by Joel (not verified) :: Wed, 08/10/2005 - 2:55pm


Yes, you are the only one. The existence of a play on words in the title of a discussion topic does not necessarily mean that the writer is advocating scalping by or of Native-Americans. I would place your hypersensitivity to the title in the same category with the Washington Redskins organization's misplaced priorities. It makes me wonder what kind of serious problems you face on a daily basis that allow you to have enough free time to be bothered by something as small as word-play.

by joel in providence (not verified) :: Wed, 08/10/2005 - 6:12pm

the real problem for the redskins is that the team's TRUE fan base NEVER EVER actually gets to go to games. their tickets are so monopolized by washington insiders and power brokers that real NFL fans in D.C. have always been completely shut out.... even when the team isn't winning games.

(i know the scalping ban won't solve this, but i used to live in D.C. and have known a lot of redskins fans who always feel like the team lacks a home-field advantage because of the lame people who fill the seats and luxury boxes.)

by Sophandros (not verified) :: Wed, 08/10/2005 - 7:49pm

Joel, welcome to the internet, where people voice opinions. Also, if you've read some of my other posts, you would know that I have a sense of humor.

Good call on the personal, albeit anonymous, attack. You're a big man.

by Jerry F. (not verified) :: Wed, 08/10/2005 - 8:12pm

Booooring. I want a list of your quotidian serious problems. In fact, I'd like to see a list of such problems for everybody. Then we can assign a number to each, total those numbers, and rank each poster by their total. We can then use this "grievance score" to judge the validity of a given person's post. That way, I can look at a guy's post, look at his problems, see that he appears to be hypersensitive to "hypersensitivity," and proceed accordingly. It's the only way that we, as an internet community, can logically bitch.

by Basilicus (not verified) :: Wed, 08/10/2005 - 8:34pm

"It makes me wonder what kind of serious problems you face on a daily basis that allow you to have enough free time to be bothered by something as small as word-play."

Oh man, this means that everyone who has a problem with racial slurs in truth just has too much time on their hands. Thank you for opening my eyes. Now I know political correctness is only a manipulative tool of the slothful of the world.

by Carl (not verified) :: Thu, 08/11/2005 - 12:14pm

In other unrelated news, the Redskins front office announced the hiring of Mike Tice.

by B (not verified) :: Thu, 08/11/2005 - 12:33pm

I assumed the use of scalping and redskins was done intentionally by the author to be, well, clever isn't the right word. Let's go with humorous. Anyways, to me the only scandal here is people are paying money to watch a Redskins game, not only that, but they're paying above ticket price. Are Washingtonians that hard up for entertainment that they voluntarily submit themselves to watching a redskins game in person?

by Stiller Fan in Cle (not verified) :: Fri, 08/12/2005 - 7:48am

I would say something about the inability to find better entertainment, but then I did voluntarily get tickets to a Browns game last year...

Actually, I can see how the political people would snap up all the tickets. Lobbyists AND corporate types, it's a wonder the whole stadium isn't luxury boxes...