Friday, October 5 2012 2:51 PM EDT2012-10-05 18:51:07 GMT
With the memory of a particularly violent weekend fresh on many people's minds, the Five Points Merchant's Association is hoping for some positive national exposure and they want an assist from a willingMore >>
With the memory of a particularly violent weekend fresh on many people's minds, the Five Points Association is hoping for some positive national exposure and they want an assist from a willing University of South Carolina student or two.More >>
Thursday, October 4 2012 9:13 AM EDT2012-10-04 13:13:45 GMT
With no tickets being available on sale for the public and two undefeated SEC rivals set to face off, the demand in the secondary ticket market for No. 6 South Carolina vs. No. 5 Georgia steadily climbedMore >>
With no tickets being available on sale for the public and two undefeated SEC rivals set to face off, the demand in the secondary ticket market for No. 6 South Carolina vs. No. 5 Georgia steadily climbed in the past few weeks, according to the university.More >>
Tuesday, October 2 2012 3:10 PM EDT2012-10-02 19:10:08 GMT
ESPN has produced a promotional video for Saturday's SEC East showdown in Columbia. The video, posted on YouTube, outlines the game pitting the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs against the No 6. South Carolina Gamecocks.KickoffMore >>
ESPN has produced a promotional video for Saturday's SEC East showdown in Columbia.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Tickets for the USC and Georgia game have been officially sold out since August 20th, but that doesn't mean there still aren't ways to get tickets to the game.
However, since everything you will find on line and on game day will be resale, officials with the Department of Consumer Affairs have some advice.
First, they say make sure you've asked everyone you know. "A referral from friends and family is often the safer bet than even going online," said Carri Grube Lybarker, the Administrator for the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA).
But the odds are, you've done that. So what's next? "Going online is your next best bet, but you want to make sure that you're going to a source that has a reputation, and that's been around for a while," said Lybarker.
A quick internet search for USC vs. GA tickets will turn up all sorts of ticket sites like stub hub, vivid seats, and ticket city. "Stub hub and the other dealers are often just the in between of someone who has the ticket and the actual consumer," said Lybarker. While the sites are the middle man, Lybarker says many of them have buyer protection plans which is key. "Read it, because once you make that transaction, you're bound to whatever that policy is," she added.
If there's no policy, like with sites like Craigslist, Lybarker says you could be bound to lose your money. "Craigslist is ripe for scams," said Lybarker. "You don't know who you're dealing with… you take the ticket that you got in the mail to the game and it shows up as not being valid, and you're out those funds." Lybarker adds even if someone offers to meet you in person, use caution. "Of course you'd want to meet them in a public place, but again there could be some fraud where they're not telling you who they really are," said Lybarker.
So Lybarker says your safest bet online is on a policy protected site and/or a protected money exchange like PayPal. "It's kind of a double protection because then you'll have a PayPal dispute process, as well as, your credit card dispute process."
Of course the very last ditch effort for buyer and seller is usually right outside the stadium. But remember, these game day tickets were 70 dollars face value, and 65 dollars for season ticket holders.
"They (scalpers) can charge no more than a dollar over face value for collegiate events," said Lybarker. That's the law. However, officials with the USC ticket office say if you're worried whether the ticket that's being sold to you is real, you can take it to a gate attendant for a scan. "That may make the guy run off, but at least then you know that you didn't get ripped off," said Lance Grantham, the Assistant Athletic Director of Ticketing for USC.
Grantham says he can't believe how high some of the ticket prices are on resale sites. "That's not a Gamecock price," said Grantham. "That's a fan, a season ticket holder or a single game buyer trying to make a little bit of money. We don't encourage it, it's against state law, but people are going to do what they're going to do," he added.
Grantham says if it were up to him he'd love to have "all the tickets available in the world." "If you've got a ticket you're not going to use, make sure you pass it to a friend," said Grantham. "I'm not saying sell it, but give it to a friend make sure that ticket gets used. We want a full attendance for this week. That'll be important to us winning, and hopefully we can do that."
USC's athletics department has been putting out reminders that if you did not get your ticket through their department or Ticketmaster when they were still available, you can check the authenticity of your ticket at the box office in Colonial Life Arena between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today and then tomorrow starting at 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 25 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-04-25 11:03:18 GMT
(RNN) - Big guys are likely to be the stars of the show Thursday night when the NFL Draft again airs in primetime on ESPN, live from Radio City Music Hall. Barring unforeseen weirdness - which can neverMore >>
The NFL Draft with all its drama and uncertainty airs live in prime time Thursday night. Luke Joeckel, Manti Te'o, SEC stars and borderline quarterbacks are among this year's mysteries.More >>
Thursday, April 18 2013 8:52 PM EDT2013-04-19 00:52:03 GMT
(RNN) - Spring practice in the SEC climaxes Saturday when five more teams hold their annual spring scrimmages. Interesting fact: So far the biggest attendance at a spring game this season was at KentuckyMore >>
New coaches at Tennessee, Auburn and Arkansas will give us the first glimpse of their teams in Saturday's SEC spring games. Two-time defending national champion Alabama and Mississippi State also give fans a break from the long college football offseason.
Thursday, April 11 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-04-11 11:00:16 GMT
Many Southeastern Conference football fans will finally get a look at their favorite teams this Saturday, April 13, and several of the annual spring games will be broadcast on TV and on the Web.Texas A&MMore >>
Southeastern Conference fans are beginning to stir as South Carolina, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Kentucky all hold their annual spring football games on Saturday, April 13.More >>
Monday, January 7 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-01-07 11:00:08 GMT
Miami (RNN) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may well win tonight. Not a misprint.He explained that odd statement Sunday at the final news conference before theMore >>
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may win tonight. He meant the team that takes the most chances, forces the action and sets the pace. Teams that do that make mistakes. But they cause the other guys to make mistakes, too. More >>
Sunday, January 6 2013 11:52 AM EST2013-01-06 16:52:47 GMT
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night.More >>
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night. More >>
Friday, December 7 2012 8:37 AM EST2012-12-07 13:37:38 GMT
(RNN) - Butch Jones has been hired as the next head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, according to ESPN. Jones has resigned from his position as Cincinnati's head coach, effective immediately,More >>
Butch Jones has been hired as the next head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, according to ESPN.More >>
Thursday, November 29 2012 12:54 PM EST2012-11-29 17:54:22 GMT
Offensively, Alabama and Georgia both feature efficient if not flashy quarterbacks, steady if not high-profile receivers and a pair of running backs anyone would love to have. The breakdown: Quarterback: GeorgiaMore >>
Alabama and Georgia both feature efficient if not flashy quarterbacks, steady if not high-profile receivers and a pair of running backs anyone would love to have. Georgia's defense has more stars; Alabama's defense has performed better as a unit.
Monday, November 26 2012 6:15 PM EST2012-11-26 23:15:13 GMT
It is never too early to project where those teams will play, who they will play and, for good measure, the result.More >>
The chaos of the scramble to play in the BCS Championship Game has come down to one possibility - the winner of Bama-Georgia plays Notre Dame. But how the rest of the bowl pairings might shake out is another interesting puzzle. Here are our projections. More >>
Thursday, November 15 2012 4:55 PM EST2012-11-15 21:55:31 GMT
(RNN) - This is mostly a week of throwaway games as SEC teams prep for next week, which features turkey, dressing and a lot of rivalry games.But a bad November Saturday in SEC Country watching ball isMore >>
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