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Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:56 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 4:40 pm
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Posted by Jerry Hinnen



As expected, demand in State College for tickets to Penn State's planned "A Memorial for Joe" public service at the Nittany Lion basketball team's Bryce-Jordan Arena has been astronomical. Less expected, in this time of mourning, was that some unscrupulous ticket holder would (apparently) attempt to make a quick buck off of Joe Paterno's death.

With officials announcing Tuesday that the event had sold out, an auction appeared on eBay selling two tickets to the memorial service:

 

Bids would reach as high as $99,509 before the website shut down the auction. While many of the bids were likely fake -- and possibly even an attempt to ruin the auction for the seller -- that the total so quickly escalated also shows how badly Paterno's legions of admirers would like to be present at the service ... and, sadly, why the seller (assuming sincerity on his or her part) tried to profit off the service in the first place.

Amanda Coffee, a spokeswoman for eBay Inc., said the site does not "allow the sale of tickets to events in which all tickets are free to the public" and removed multiple ads offering tickets to the memorial.

"I think it's absolutely repulsive that people are taking an event that's supposed to be a celebration of life and trying to use it for monetary profit," Penn State student Emily Ricken told the Associated Press Tuesday. Ricken, like hundreds of others, was waiting in line to view Paterno's closed casket at the campus spiritual center. 

The memorial service tickets were issued via the PSU athletics website on a first-come, first-serve basis. More than 10,000 of the tickets were claimed within the first seven minutes of their availability.

Penn State fans without tickets -- as well as other Paterno admirers from across the country -- will still be able to view the service on the Big Ten Network, which will broadcast it live Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.

Among those offering condolences to the Paterno family Monday were President Barack Obama and his family, who fondly remembered meeting the legendary coach.

Screencap HT: Kegs n' Eggs. Information provided by the AP was used in this report.

For more coverage on Paterno's death (including recent comments by his son, Scott) and the week of mourning in State College, follow our CBSSports.com Penn State RapidReports by Jim Rodenbush.

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Comments

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:23 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

I agree with wiscgc.  If the kid in the shower with Sandusky was Jo Pa's grandson, I'm sure he'd have handled things much differently.  Me, I'd have killed the guy for molesting my grandson.  Jo didn't have a "dog" or "kid" in the issue and just ignored getting involved.  



Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

This is reprehensible!   Sellling tickets to a funeral service memorial??  Talk about poor taste and disrespect.  Again, the university makes fools out of themselves with this horrible display.  The remark about selling the ticket for tattoos is really out of line and immature.  I get tired of the goofballs with the outrageous comments.  Grow up!



Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:26 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Next thing you know they'll be swapping these tickets for tattoos.



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

I think something is wrong with you fools! You and your cult continue to stick by a guy that didn't care about the well being of a kid or several kids. Yeah he was a good coach and wanted his players to graduate. But if you heard about someone in your family abusing kids it wouldn't make you feel sick and want him to be punished? That is his fatal flaw and God will decide how to punish him. This is borederline pyschotic by intelligent people!



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:37 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Nice, thats what being a Penn Stater must mean.




Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:15 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

I didn't mean to post 3x in a row, the site said it was timing out and my posts weren't showing up.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:09 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Because JoePa died the focus of course is on him.  Trust me, the attention will turn to the victims soon enough, but please exhibit some patience and allow a funeral to be held.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Because JoePa died the focus of course is on him.  Trust me, the attention will turn to the victims soon enough, but please exhibit some patience and allow a funeral to be held.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:07 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

I think you have missed the point.  The point is because JoePa recently died  of course the focus right now is on him.  If he were alive the comments and media would be focusing on what Sandusky did and JoePa didn't.  It will come back to being about the kids, trust me, it will.  Just have a little patience and allow a funeral to be held.



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:43 pm
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

All you people posting out here that Joe did all he could are just being ridiculous. Let me ask you, if your house was vandalized or robbed and you reported it to the police, would you just sit back and assume the police are working on it, never asking for an update? This was Joe's house, he built it and if he had any inkling that it was being violated, it was his duty to follow up on this, especially in the case of young kids. Instead, according to him, he just never bothered to call back and check up on it. In other words, he ignored it like it was no longer his concern, and that is just wrong no matter how you look at it.

Personally, I think this was also due to JoePa growing up during an age when this time of stuff was kept hush-hush, so that's the approach he took. That is not an excuse, just a factor in how he chose to handle it. It was still wrong in any case.

Now all that being said, JoePa no doubt had great influence on many kids, and he should also be remembered for his accomplishments. However, the accomplishments should not overshadow the bad stuff either, that will be and should be part of how he is remembered as well.

The one thing that seems to get lost in all this is the welfare of the kids involved, all everybody talks about is JoePa and his legacy. That is the real shame of all this, JoePa is dead and gone, the focus should be on the children, not on him.



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