Nelson upset people trying to profit re-selling charity game tickets
JUN 06, 2014 3:15p ET
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's Jordy Nelson's first year hosting the annual charity softball game, and the Green Bay Packers wide receiver is finding out about the more capitalist aspects of the re-sale ticket market.
Tickets for the game, which takes place June 8 in Appleton, Wis., were originally sold for prices ranging from $50 for a premium box seat to $12 for a general admission grass seat. But once the vast majority of tickets were gone, the secondary market filled up with people looking to profit from the charity game.
There have been some tickets re-sold for more than $100. With the game quickly approaching, there are still tickets for sale well above face value. A pair of two tickets in the reserved bleacher area (face value of $23) are listed for $84.50 on StubHub. There are also multiple general admission grass seats still going for nearly 2.5 times face value.
Nelson, who is taking over the game this year after it had been run by now-retired wide receiver Donald Driver, had been unaware that this was happening.
"It's probably a little disappointing, because if they're doing that, then some people who want to go for the right reasons are losing out," Nelson told FOXSportsWisconsin.com. "I don't know how you would control it, to be honest with you. I don't know what I could say to stop it.
"It's disappointing if people are trying to make money off of that. People are just trying to come out and have a good time and aren't going to be able to because it costs too much. All the tickets are gone, but seats won't be full. That would be disappointing, because it's there for the charity, it's there to have fun, it's there to see us in a whole different element. I've played in it a few times and it's a lot of fun for us and I know it's a lot of fun for the fans to see us kind of be us. Not be the serious guys on the field that are focused. We kind of let it down and hang out and have a good time.
"Hopefully it gets full, hopefully people out there aren't trying to get every dollar possible, but people are going to do what they can do, and to each their own, I guess. But hopefully we can have a good time and a good crowd."
The charity benefitting from the game is Young Life, which is an organization for middle school, high school and college students that pairs them with adults to focus on fun, adventure and friendship. It's a charity that reaches more than 1 million kids every year.
In a game of Packers offensive players versus Packers defensive players, Nelson will be joined by teammates including Eddie Lacy, Josh Sitton, Randall Cobb, Jared Abbrederis, B.J. Raji, Mike Daniels, Tramon Williams, and many others.
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