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A really sucky thing that the Spurs are doing...(9 posts)

A really sucky thing that the Spurs are doing...ClydeTri
May 19, 2003 10:21 AM
NBA and all sports organizations such as NFL, MLB, NHL, etc out to come up with a rule stopping similiar practices in future....

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs2003/story?id=1556367
Hey Doug SLoan or other lawyer...ClydeTri
May 19, 2003 10:23 AM
could such a practice be a violation of federal law regarding interstate commerce?
Dallas and San Antonio are in the same statemohair_chair
May 19, 2003 1:37 PM
This doesn't break any laws. The Constitution grants no inherant right to buy Spurs or Mavs tickets.

It's possible that it violates policies established by Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, etc., but all that will happen is they'll issue a strongly worded letter of admonishment.
as long as no protected class harmed, probably okDougSloan
May 19, 2003 2:48 PM
If the action inherently discriminated against a race or something like that, it would likely be illegal. However, a private organization can pretty much do what it wants, barring that.

Doug
re: A really sucky thing that the Spurs are doing...TJeanloz
May 20, 2003 7:08 AM
I think it's perfectly reasonable. In this era of public subsidies to sports teams, it seems more than fair that you give your supporters first crack at tickets to the games. Tickets to the game are fixed in supply, so you have to allocate them somehow. If I were the Spurs, I would also allocate them to the people who will have a long-term interest in the team, rather than people who are just driving up for the night. There are still going to be at least two games in Dallas, for all of the Mavs fans, so what's the problem?
re: A really sucky thing that the Spurs are doing...ClydeTri
May 20, 2003 7:32 AM
They normally do that..most any pro team offers the season ticket holders first shot at postseason tickets. But this is a new thing, after that not allowing certain people to buy tickets. As one person detailed..you could be a San Antonio native, but living out of town in school, and be shut out of tickets if your billing address is the wrong zip code. Or, you could be living in another state and totally unable to buy tickets. Sounds like interstate commerce is being regulated, and cant only the federal govt do that?
re: A really sucky thing that the Spurs are doing...TJeanloz
May 20, 2003 7:42 AM
You could be a San Antonio native, but I would argue that the Spurs would be better off selling a post-season ticket to a potential repeat buyer, who currently LIVES in San Antonio, than some fair-weather supporter who only comes to town for the Western Conference Finals.

It would be stupid if they didn't sell out. But where they have to allocate tickets among fans, this seems to me to be the best way to do it. The alternative, which we usually do in Boston, is to require tickets to be purchased a week in advance, in person at the stadium. If some nut-job wants to drive up from New York and sleep on a Boston sidewalk, while being taunted by fans, he's earned the right to two tickets.
re: A really sucky thing that the Spurs are doing...ClydeTri
May 20, 2003 7:57 AM
If some nut-job wants to drive up from New York and sleep on a Boston sidewalk, while being taunted by fans, he's earned the right to two tickets.

On that I agree...the tickets would be on sale and available to anybody who wishes to buy them who is in line..todays and the future's line is on the internet, not just at the ticket window...

And I challenge your statement about fair weather. I live in Alabama but maintain season tickets for my college football and basketball teams. I drive approx 6,000 miles a year attending games. If they had such a policy of using zip codes to determine who gets to buy season tickets I might be left out of getting tickets, am I a fair weather fan?
re: A really sucky thing that the Spurs are doing...TJeanloz
May 20, 2003 9:30 AM
There's a distinction with season tickets - the problem is really that the Spurs don't want to sell tickets to a group of people who will never buy tickets again. It isn't a good business practice to exclude a group of loyal customers in favor of some one-night-stands. If somebody in Dallas wanted to buy season tickets to the Spurs, by all means, they should let him. The goal, it seems to me, is not to exclude Dallas fans so much as it is to ensure that your potentially loyal local fans don't get left out.

As for football, this reminds me of a scenario a few years ago where Nebraska sold out it's ticket allotment for a game at Air Force - and a bunch (more than 1,000) of Nebraska fans bought Air Force season tickets so that they could go to the game.