Posted by SuckaFish
Remember that Monday night game last year when fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers were louder than fans of the Washington Redskins in a game at FedEx Field?
Remember that waiting list to get season tickets for Redskins games that the team claims has 160,000 names on it?
A story by James V. Grimaldi in the Washington Post today says that the Redskins’ front office sold tickets (you know, that thing they don’t have any of because there’s a two-decade waiting list to get them) to individual games directly to brokers. The brokers made the tickets available in secondary markets. In other words, they sold them to fans of the visiting team.
The Redskins Senior Vice President Karl Swanson told the Post:
“Somebody in the ticket office was doing something they shouldn’t have been doing, and when it was discovered, it was all dealt with. If the story is, this is a scandal, uncovered by Redskins, verified by The Post, or whatever, yeah, we’re telling you: People got tickets who shouldn’t have gotten tickets, and they were dealt with.”
Redskins General Counsel David Donovan said that when Daniel Snyder found out he was “livid.” Really? He was “livid” that people in his front office made him extra money? Yeah, he hates that.
REALLY? He was “livid” that his teams’ fans weren’t being treated fairly? Yeah, he would never let them be slighted. That’s why the game-day experience is so great in Raljon and tailgating is flourishing. And that’s why Donovan told the Post, “You do realize that there’s 91,000 seats in the stadium. These are insignificant amounts.”
Yeah, it was only a few thousand fans getting abused by the team they worship. Not getting a chance to buy the tickets they’ve waited years to purchase and then having their team get embarrassed on national TV is insignificant. That’s the kind of thinking that leads to a culture of losing on the field and venom from your own fan base.
Part two of the story will be printed tomorrow and tells the tale of a fan who needed to cancel his tickets and was subsequently sued by the team.
Oh, Washington Post, I could never stay mad at you.