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TD Ameritrade Inks Naming-Rights Deal For CWS Ballpark In Omaha
Published June 9, 2009
|New Omaha Ballpark Hopes To Attract As
Many As 70 Events A Year, Including CWS
TICKET MASTERS: In Omaha, Dane Stickney reports the CWS for the first time this year is "taking part in the secondary ticket market, allowing what could be seen as NCAA-supported scalping." CWS season-ticket holders who "can't use their reserved seats can now sell them with the NCAA's blessing" through TicketExchange, a service supported by Ticketmaster. If the tickets are sold, the seller "gets a check, minus a 10[%] posting fee that's shared between Ticketmaster and the NCAA." CWS Ticket Chair Herb Hames said that the service is a "win-win because the site enables those with extra tickets a legitimate, sanctioned way to sell them to those who need tickets without including nonsanctioned brokers." Stickney notes "fewer than 60 total tickets were listed on the site" yesterday, and tickets "weren't available for many games, including the first two contests Saturday." The NCAA "uses similar Web sites to sell tickets to other events," including the Division I men's basketball tournament (Omaha WORLD-HERALD, 6/9).