View Full Version : Find Discounted Preseason Tickets On....Groupon?

07-15-2014, 09:08 AM
This is apparently legit, but not associated with the Bengals or any other NFL franchise:

Here's the link to the deal: http://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-bengals-preseason

And here's the story:

Cincinnati Bengals investigate Groupon ticket sales

The Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.bizjournals.com/profiles/company/us/oh/cincinnati/cincinnati_bengals/2237287) are looking into whether a Groupon ad selling discounted tickets violates any NFL (http://www.bizjournals.com/profiles/company/us/dc/washington/nfl_players_association/3250998) or team rules.
Groupon ads started popping up last week for Greater Cincinnati users touting deals for the Bengals’ two home preseason football games this year. The deals offered tickets for $26 instead of the usual $44 for seats in any of eight upper-level sections. They also made $80 tickets in any of 14 lower-level sections available for just $49. The deal is good for the Bengals’ Saturday, Aug. 16, game at 7 p.m. against the New York Jets (http://www.bizjournals.com/profiles/company/us/ny/hempstead/new_york_jets_football_club_inc/121284) and the Thursday, Aug. 28, game at 7 p.m. against the Indianapolis Colts (http://www.bizjournals.com/profiles/company/us/in/indianapolis/indianapolis_colts_inc/1685805).
Ticketwave, a Windsor, Ontario-based secondary market ticket reseller, put the tickets up for sale.
It’s working for some people. More than 410 tickets had been sold through the offer as of midday Monday.
But it can’t be a popular sale in the Bengals’ eyes. They’re trying to sell full-priced tickets for those games. And they’re trying to sell season-ticket packages that include the preseason games, which are typically tough to sell. The Bengals sold out all eight regular-season games last season. But the preseason games drew just 43,462 and 49,229 fans, an average of 19,000 per game short of the stadium’s 65,515 capacity.
Ticketwave clearly states in the fine print that it is not associated with the Bengals or Paul Brown Stadium. But Andrew Brown (http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/search/results?q=Andrew%20Brown), Bengals ticket sales manager, said he wants to make sure fans don’t get the impression that the team is offering this deal. A first glance at the deal could give viewers that impression.
“We are looking into whether or not it is a violation of team and/or league policy,” Brown told me in an email. “The offer was news to us last week, and we are looking into it.”
A Ticketwave spokesman wasn’t immediately available to comment.
Ticketwave has tried this with other NFL teams, too. It’s offering tickets to one Indianapolis Colts preseason game for $39 instead of the face value of $69.


07-15-2014, 09:44 AM
Hmmm... I wonder where they are getting the tickets? Bulk buy from season ticket holders? Or did the Bengals sell them large blocks for cheaper and they just conveniently are leaving that information out?

07-15-2014, 09:52 AM
well the article seems to rule out them getting them from the Bengals, unless the Bengals are lying to the media.

Maybe some kind of deal with Stub Hub?

Arkansas Bengal
07-15-2014, 11:05 AM
I don't know why anyone would be interested in these--you can get them a LOT cheaper on Stub Hub.

And for the preseason games, you can get them even cheaper from scalpers outside the stadium before the game.