Any New Yorker interested in seeing the local sports franchises live knows how expensive it gets to score premium and up-close seats to any of the games. It’s downright ridiculous. Wanna see the Knicks from courtside? Try $4000 bucks! Ouch!
So anyway…as I was checking out prices for the nosebleeds in Madison Square Garden (like 80 bucks for the worst seats in the house), I thought back to one occasion when I got to profit from the absurd prices New York sporting events command. And here’s how the story goes:
About 10 years ago, I got a call from a girl I know who said she’d just exchanged an hour session for two tickets to the US Open tennis semi-finals in Flushing. And these weren’t just any tickets. They were courtside corporate joints some employee was stupid enough to tender for what I knew to be the most perfunctory of escort performances.
No matter. I responded to the news with “Cool! Let’s go. I got the cab back and forth and any food you want!” (Actually, the food was irrelevant. The tix came with all the eats and drinks the holder wanted!) But no, that wasn’t her plan at all. Rather, she came back with “Sell them and we’ll split the money!”
Now I’m a mercenary but still, I thought that was kind of lame. I mean…how often do you get to see Serena Williams perform from a cushy corporate box? Whatever…the girl wasn’t interested. She wanted the money…period! And so I put the tickets up on Craigslist and one day later sold them for $1500 to a couple of Arabs who were not only apprehensive about whether the tickets were real…but equally fearful that they might be discriminated against for having these primo seats!
I actually called them after the event to make sure everything went ok (which it did). But the guy who swapped the tickets for the session did contact the girl – and had something to say. Schmuck! He traded tickets worth $1500 for a $200 session. And a lousy one at that!
Regardless, you won’t find me taking that money and spending it on some overpriced Knick ticket at the Garden (it’s gone anyway)! I got a 32″ high def flat screen at home and Mike Breen doing the commentary on the telecast. And that’s plenty good enough for me!
P.S. For those curious…nosebleeds for the Knicks versus the New Orleans Pelicans on March 28th are going for four bucks! But here’s the rub. You have to travel to New Orleans to see the game. The Knicks are a shitty draw on the road (because they aren’t a very good team) and thus, don’t command a lot of cash from the locals – especially when that local team sucks and nobody wants to go to any of the games in the first place.