Monday, November 3, 2008

Texas Tech Fans Scammed by Counterfeit Tickets

Texas Tech had the biggest football victory in the history of the school over the weekend when it defeated the former #1 team in the country, the Longhorns of the University of Texas. While it was a sad night for many college football fans here in Austin, thousands of Tech students were thrilled as they rushed the field ... three times! ... in Lubbock to celebrate a 39-33 win with one second left. In fact, Coach Mack Brown said it was the first time in his career that he lost the opposing team's coach when he attempted to walk across the field, shake hands and congratulte after the game. But there were also hundreds of other Red Raider fans who thought they were going to be inside the stadium for the big moment. Unfortunately, they discovered upon reaching the entrance gates that their tickets were counterfeit.

The illegally-produced paper looked like the real tickets used for regular season home games, but the bar codes did not match and represented seats that had already been sold. Even a Texas Tech football player fell victim to the scam, thinking that he had purchased legitimate entrance for one of his friends. That friend must be particularly unhappy. You would think at the very least that your buddy on the team could get you into the game!

David Welsh, the assistant athletic director for ticket operations at Tech, believes that the counterfeit tickets were being sold for an average of $200. He told reporters, "They [the fans] got robbed is what it was. It was heartbreaking seeing all these people get ripped off.’’ Since the game had been sold out for months, Tech was unable to offer real tickets for purchase to those who discovered they had been scammed. Ultimately, around 500 fans were turned away with their pockets significantly lighter and a future wariness of tickets that are not purchased from the on-campus ticket office.

Have you been accused of producing fake tickets for a sporting event? Or, perhaps you released your frustration over buying a counterfeit ticket by smashing a window or kicking a stadium worker in the shin. None of these actions is advised by the attorneys at Bertolino LLP, but they may all require the services of a defense attorney. If you have participated in some questionable activities related to collegiate athletics, please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.

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