Report: NFL players scalping Super Bowl tickets on the rise

February 11th, 2015 by Staff

Super Bowl XLIX was played in Arizona.

(NY Daily News) NEW YORK – For NFL players it pays to be in the Big Game.

Each Patriot walked away with $97,000 for winning Super Bowl XLIX, and each losing Seahawk received $49,000 for his troubles — on top of their salaries and additional playoff bonuses earned along the way. But for some players even that isn’t enough.

Super Bowl contenders are also looking to earn a few (thousand) bucks on their allotted tickets, according to The MMQB, and the practice seems to be pretty commonplace.

“You can make anywhere between $3,000 and $4,000 on each extra ticket,” an anonymous Seattle defensive player told The MMQB. “I sold eight. Some go to teammates, but most guys hand their extras off to agents, who sell them for a small cut. Pretty much everybody knows about it now. Word travels fast.”

This year, the lowest prices for last-minute Super Bowl tickets were near $9,000.

Although the NFL caps the Super Bowl tickets per player at 15, the teams competing ultimately control how many tickets each one can receive or purchase. At most, a Seahawks player can walk away with 13 tickets, according to the report: They receive two complimentary tickets and are able to purchase up to 11 more for $1,500 apiece.

All NFL players are able to buy two Super Bowl tickets at face value.

If players or coaches are found to be scalping tickets, an NFL spokesman told The MMQB that those individuals and the team would be fined.

In 2005, then-Vikings head coach Mike Tice admitted to scalping Super Bowl tickets during his six years as an assistant coach with the club. He was fined $100,000. At the time, a player told the News that “about 90%” of NFL players take part in the lucrative scalping practice. Ten years later, it appears not much has changed.

“I don’t see anything wrong with it. Somebody’s gonna make money off of it, so why shouldn’t we?” a Seahawks lineman said.

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