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Secondary Ticket Brokers Not Selling For Missouri-Kansas Charity Hoops Exhibition

Secondary ticket brokers have "chosen not to resell tickets" for Sunday's men's basketball exhibition between Kansas and Missouri at Sprint Center in K.C. because the event is for charity and the "money raised is going to hurricane relief," according to Jesse Newell of the K.C. STAR. K.C.-based Tickets For Less VP/Sales & Marketing Jay Harig said, "We all determined that it would be best for the public to perceive this for what it’s supposed to be. It just probably wasn’t the right look for Tickets For Less to be selling tickets to an event where all the money is going back to a good cause." Newell notes StubHub is "not listing tickets for the game." SeatGeek had a listing up yesterday afternoon, but it "was taken down." SeatGeek content analyst Chris Leyden said, "We are certainly not in the business of trying to profit off a charity event. I hope there’s no one in the secondary marketplace who’s trying to profit on charity events, period.” KU Associate AD/Public Affairs Jim Marchiony "confirmed that KU Athletics officials had reached out to area secondary ticket providers to request they not resell tickets." Marchiony also said that KU "hadn’t told its ticket buyers to avoid reselling for profit." But he did say that there "potentially would be some online monitoring of sites like Craigslist for KU season-ticket holders 'because of what the focus is supposed to be'" (K.C. STAR, 10/19).

JOINING A GOOD CAUSE
: In New Orleans, Christopher Dabe notes LSU and Tulane "will play a men's basketball exhibition Oct. 31 at Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans for hurricane relief." Tickets will "cost $5 each, and all seating will be general admission." All ticket sales, as well as a portion of revenue from concessions, "will be donated to the American Red Cross." Fans in attendance will also "have opportunities to donate, including a silent auction" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 10/19). In Nashville, Sparks & Giannotto report Memphis and Vanderbilt are in "preliminary plans to play an exhibition basketball game at Memorial Gym to raise funds for hurricane relief." UM Deputy AD Mark Alnutt said the discussions are "not even close to the contract phases and final approvals on both sides." The game "could be played as early as late next week" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 10/19).