Let’s face it, few of us can dedicate 40 or 80 games a season to one team. Kudos to you if you can do it. I can only commit to a full season of ‘Skins – partial season of Caps and Nats. For the Caps, not lack of interest, just being realistic. For the Nats, well, how do I put this: 10 games is more than enough. Unless of course, it’s always Strassmas.
Which brings me to my topic at hand: what to do with your tickets when you can’t go?
- Option 1 – give them away to a friend or family member – just because you like them.
- Option 2 – give them away to a boss, client, dogwalker, sommelier, underling, cousin or in-law. In other words, anyone who is in a position to make your life easier.
- Option 3 – sell them for cash, just to make a few bucks.
- Option 4 – offer them up to the consortium of ticket holders, because, you know, you love the sport and would love them to offer extra tickets to you.
But for G-d’s sake, don’t ever offer tickets to anyone you don’t mean to give them to – that’s just bad news.
Exhibit A: my friend N is part of a consortium of Nats ticket holders. One of the others in the group sent around an email this morning: he has extra tickets for tonight – the return of Strassmas. Any takers? N emails back – I’ll take them. Offerer writes, er, that’s great, uhm, can I get back to you? Need to make sure one other guy on the email (my boss) doesn’t want them. In other words, yes, I offered you the tickets, but if someone more important than you, peon, wants the tickets, I’ll say yes and you’ll be screwed, even though you responded first.
Now N is pissed, and Offerer feels awkward – if he’s even self-aware enough to realize he should.
Solution: offer to boss first, before others. If s/he turns down, then offer to full consortium, knowing boss will turn down. Alternative: offer to friends not in consortium – basically, see options above.
Rule of the day: offer tickets to others, only if you are willing to part with the tickets. Otherwise, offer to people in order on their priority to you – but on a private basis – so everyone thinks you’ve thought of them first.
No one likes to be told they’re the last resort.