When newspapers write about what scalpers are getting for tickets, we usually are way off. We get fooled, perhaps by ticket sellers trying to drive up the price, and embellish the numbers. I suspect it’s like the alleged street value of confiscated drugs.
But what follows is s no embellishment.
Walking to Verizon Center for the Duke-West Virginia and Xavier-Purdue games Saturday afternoon, I saw a lot of people looking for tickets but almost nobody selling.
I found one seller near the media entrance, approached him and asked what he was getting. He thought I was a cop so he walked away. The cheapest ticket I found was $300, which I thought was outrageous.
Then I encountered a dispirited West Virginia fan with his son. They were sitting on a hill, totally sad. The cheapest tickets they found were $100 more. They couldn’t justify paying $800 to watch the game.