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Star Search: Buyer Beware For Pricey Super Bowl Parties
Published February 3, 2011
Super Bowl party promoters in North Texas "woo the willing by promising big-name celebrities, showing up at hip parties and all the crazed star-spotter has to do is fork over a cover charge that snakes well into three, four, even five figures," according to Michael Granberry of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Consumer advocates "say such invitations should carry with them two words emblazoned in neon: Buyer beware." TicketLeap Dir of Business Development John McGlinn, whose company sells admission to Super Bowl parties, said that "booking a celebrity for an appearance, however fleeting, can fuel the fire of a party's ticket sales." McGlinn: "It might be nothing more than Paris Hilton waving from the VIP booth, wishing everyone a great night." But he said it does not necessarily mean getting "an autograph or a handshake." McGlinn "recommends such Web sites as www.thrillist.com or www.urbandaddy.com or even the official Web site of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, www.northtexassuperbowl.com, to ferret out the legitimate from the larcenous" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/3). Super Bowl parties are already underway in
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