Season Ticket Sharing Rules of the Road (part 1)

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.

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2 Responses to Season Ticket Sharing Rules of the Road (part 1)

  1. Leah says:

    My two sons bought one season ticket each, next to each other for the Giants football season this year. Both of them will not be able to attend one of the games. Son #1, offered to sell both tickets to his friend and wife, which they accepted. Son #2 would like to get paid for his ticket. Son # 1 contends that he does not have to give Son #2 the price of a ticket since they were both available to be sold, and he took advantage of that fact. Should Son #1 gi ve Son #2 the money for one of the tickets?
    THis is causing a lot of friction between them and is an escalating argument.

    • audsanns says:

      Wow! I can see how this would cause strife. I’m planning a post on the issue of selling season tickets to friends. I think in this case, each son should get the sale price of his ticket. Otherwise, son #2 could sell his ticket to someone else. Of course, he can give his brother a finders fee since he did the work to find the buyers. Let me know how it goes!

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