The Gaelic Athletic Association cancelled "a number of tickets" ahead of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semifinal between Dublin and Tyrone on Aug. 27, according to Jack O'Toole of the IRISH INDEPENDENT. Tickets for the "highly anticipated" semifinal went on sale at 10am on Wednesday and "sold out in less than five minutes." Official ticket prices ranged between €30 and €45 ($35-$53) for adults. However, on resale markets such as Seatwave and Viagogo, tickets were being sold "for as much as" €207 ($244). In response, the GAA "moved to cancel a number of tickets on Thursday" and said that it made contact with resellers to "try and remove tickets that are being sold above face value." A statement from the GAA said, "Requests have also been made directly to platforms selling tickets above face value to remove them from sale and the situation continues to be monitored by the GAA's ticket office" (IRISH INDEPENDENT, 8/10). RTÉ's Peter Sweeney reported long-term and premium level ticket holders who are found to have resold their tickets at more than the official asking price "will have their tickets cancelled" and will not be "allowed to purchase them again in future." This is "part of a crackdown" by the GAA, which is "keen" to stop tickets from appearing on the black market and fans "being charged way over the odds to watch matches." This means that there is "a danger that someone can buy a ticket at above face value in good faith and not be allowed entry to Croke Park for the big match," which is why the GAA is encouraging people to "buy their tickets through official sources only." A GAA source said, "We would welcome a wider conversation on this issue. We would like to discuss ways in which we can stop this happening because at the moment we are limited in what we can do" (RTÉ, 8/10).
Events and Attractions
More than 180 million people are estimated to have watched this summer's Int'l Cricket Council Women's World Cup. There was also an almost 300% increase in viewing hours compared to the last edition in '13. Viewership increased significantly in all territories, including an eight-fold increase in viewing hours in South Africa and a huge increase in viewers in India, particularly in rural areas, from '13. The ICC's decision to ensure every match was available for viewing either on TV or via live streaming paid dividends. About 156 million people viewed the event in India, with 126 million for the final alone. India's performances contributed to a 500% increase in viewing hours. In the U.K., the World Cup final attracted the most viewers for any televised cricket this summer, while the entire event saw a 300% increase in terms of viewing hours compared to last time. Similarly, there was a 131% increase in viewing hours in Australia. The increase was 861% in South Africa after its team reached the semifinals for the first time. There were 100 million video views across ICC digital platforms and social media channels with 1 billion impressions and 67 million unique users on Facebook via posts on ICC's official pages. On Twitter, #WWC17 was the most tweeted hashtag for women's sport in '17 with 1 million tweets, a 24-time increase over the '13 edition (ICC).
The NBA and AEG announced the NBA London Game 2018 will feature the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics playing a regular-season game at The O2 on Jan. 11. Tickets for the game will go on sale in October. The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the U.K., by the NBA's broadcast partners across EMEA and on NBA League Pass Int'l (NBA).
The NBA, FIBA and the Israel Basketball Association announced the current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players who will coach at the 16th edition of Basketball without Borders Europe. BWB Europe will be held from Sunday-Wednesday in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and at The Wingate Institute in Netanya, marking the first time it will be held in Israel. Nike will serve as the official partner (NBA).
Tickets for the "highly anticipated" Australian Football League Geelong-Richmond clash at Simonds Stadium "are being sold at up to four times their face value via Ticketmaster's official resale website, leaving fans furious." While single tickets to the Saturday afternoon clash are still available to the public via Ticketmaster's regular portal, the "only tickets available in multiples are general admission tickets, which do not guarantee a seat" (THE AGE, 8/10).
Ski-An-Duro is a "ski and boarding race combined with mountain biking" from the summit of Scotland's Aonach Mor to the cafe at the base station. It will take place on March 17 and 150 individuals or teams are "expected to compete" (SCOTSMAN, 8/10).