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    Ravens Money Grab - Shafts PSL Holders



    January 21, 2013

    Mr. Steve Biscotti
    Baltimore Ravens
    1101 Russell St
    Baltimore MD 21230
    RE: Shame on You
    Dear Mr. Biscotti:
    I am a 17 year Ravens season tickets/Personal Seat License holder (I have 4 PSLs). I am writing today because I feel that your organization is providing an injustice to loyal fans like myself.
    I grew up in Detroit and as a young kid my father took me to every Detroit Lions home game from 1966 to 1978. Some of the greatest memories of my childhood were from going to the football games with my father (and sometimes grandfather also). That is why when it was announced that the Ravens were moving to Baltimore I was estatic.
    When the Baltimore Sun published where to write to get your name on the season ticket list, it was a Sunday. I prepared a letter and drove to the main post office downtown that night to make sure my letter was received the next day. At the time I was not married nor did I have any children, but I hoped that some day I would and that I would be able to take them to NFL Football games, and dreamed of going someday to the SuperBowl. Paying for the PSL was difficult. I got a second job so I could pay the cost of the PSL. In 2001 I got married and in 2003 my first child was born (a son) and a second son was born in 2007. I have been taking my oldest son to games since he was 3. The first game he went to we beat the Chargers on a last minute touch down by Todd Heap.

    At 12:32am on 1/21/13 I got an e-mail saying that I was not selected. Since I have two accounts I sent an e-mail saying that I did not receive an e-mail on the second account and could they check if I had won. The e-mail said I had not but that I should check with your travel partner . All through out the day I was exchanging e-mails with people I know that own PSLs and no one I know won the ticket lottery. When I went to your travel partner page, there was a section for TICKETS AND EVENTS ONLY. On that page there were hundreds of tickets for sale starting at $2,500.

    Shame on you. This is completely unfair to us loyal fans that hundreds of tickets are being sold at $2,500+ which clearly must have come from the Ravens allocation of Super Bowl tickets, rather than making them available to loyal fans like me. I have religiously paid for my tickets in full as soon as I get the bill (regular season or playoffs) for 17 years.
    What does this say about your organization, that rather than help your loyal fans go to the Super Bowl by allowing them to buy tickets at face value, your organization uses the fantastic once in lifetime opportunity to stick it to loyal fans.

    Since this is clearly all about the money, I expect that loyal fans like me will also be hit with a massive season ticket increase.
    Shame on you.




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    Re: Ravens Money Grab - Shafts PSL Holders

    Would be very interesting to hear if any PSL Holders were selected for SuperBowl Tickets and how much they had to fork over for the "Right" and/or "Privilege" to watch the Ravens play live.

    If you did get tickets at "Face Value" (value means something I guess) how much was it and how many could you purchase?


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    Re: Ravens Money Grab - Shafts PSL Holders

    While I understand the frustration...if you're going to scold/lecture someone, the least you could do is spell his name correctly.

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    Re: Ravens Money Grab - Shafts PSL Holders

    Quote Originally Posted by ravenfever_com View Post
    Would be very interesting to hear if any PSL Holders were selected for SuperBowl Tickets and how much they had to fork over for the "Right" and/or "Privilege" to watch the Ravens play live.

    If you did get tickets at "Face Value" (value means something I guess) how much was it and how many could you purchase?
    Only one I've heard of here who was successful was Captain Offense, and apparently face value was $850 per ticket. Assume it's a max 2 tickets per PSL holder.




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    Re: Ravens Money Grab - Shafts PSL Holders

    Super Bowl seats are for rich folk silly rabbit.




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    Re: Ravens Money Grab - Shafts PSL Holders

    I can't fault the Ravens for not making all the tickets available to PSL holders. There were plenty of people that didn't win the tickets in the lottery so holding a pool of tickets for general sale makes sense. I'm even good with the price, if they were lower than what they are going for on stubhub or ticketmaster people would just buy them and resell them.




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    Re: Ravens Money Grab - Shafts PSL Holders

    Football is a business first and they are in the business of entertainining. While I understand your concern and frustration, understanding football economics will make you realize that we are all part of the problem (i.e supply and demand). If anything the league should make more tickets available to the superbowl teams. As it stands now the Ravens and niners only get 17.5% of the allocation with the rest being split between other teams, corporate sponsors etc.




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    Re: Ravens Money Grab - Shafts PSL Holders

    Are we sure that the Ravens travel partners got their tickets from the Ravens allotment? The OP says that it is clearly the case but is it really?
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    Re: Ravens Money Grab - Shafts PSL Holders

    Quote Originally Posted by GOTA View Post
    Are we sure that the Ravens travel partners got their tickets from the Ravens allotment? The OP says that it is clearly the case but is it really?
    I'm pretty sure that's not the case. I recall reading somewhere how the travel partners get their allottment but for the life of me I can't recall what I read in that piece. Only way travel partners get any tickets is if they are considered "corporate sponsors". Then perhaps there's some truth to what the OP says




  10. Re: Ravens Money Grab - Shafts PSL Holders

    I have two facebook friends that I know of that won the lottery. 2 tix each and they were both $1750.00 for the pair




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    Dude, I feel ya but they explain the lottery process in your PSL paperwork and that chances are you won't get the Wonka golden ticket.

    And is there a larger luxury sport ticket than the Super Bowl? Of course it's for those who can afford it. That's what the market dictates.

    This team is the premiere franchise in the league, providing us fans with a perennial winning team and yet some folks still aren't satisfied until they get a free bowl of soup.

    SMH.
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    Re: Ravens Money Grab - Shafts PSL Holders

    $850 Face is a Value! Would be nice to Dream! LOL I would agree that the Official Partner Deal is way better then taking a risk of not having a real ticket. To many people get burned every year on Super Bowl Deals so to know you have a REAL Ticket and a flight to the game is awesome. NO Airport will be crazy to get into. Gulfport-Biloxi Airport (http://www.flygpt.com/) is a close ride (45 mins) away and might offer easier arrival and departures.


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