Wednesday, January 25, 2012

eBay Yanks Auctions For Tickets To Joe Paterno Memorial - Criminal or Free Enterprise?

eBay Yanks Auctions For Tickets To Joe Paterno Memorial
More than 10,000 free tickets made available to the public for a memorial service for Penn State football coach Joe Paterno were snapped up in seven minutes yesterday, with some offered for sale on eBay before the site pulled the listings. The service will be held tomorrow at the school’s 16,000-seat basketball arena, the Bryce Jordan Center. It will also be broadcast live on cable TV’s Big Ten Network and streamed live on the channel’s companion website and the Penn State athletics site. Paterno, the winningest coach in major college football, died of cancer Sunday at age 85. He had been fired about two months earlier, with trustees saying Paterno did not meet a moral obligation to report to police allegations that Sandusky had molested a boy. The memorial service tickets were offered first-come, first-served to the public through the athletics website, with a limit of two per person. Amanda Coffee, spokeswoman for eBay, said the site eBay doesn’t “allow the sale of tickets to events in which all tickets are free to the public” and yanked ads seeking money for tickets to the memorial.