The Denver Broncos aren't messing around in cracking down on scalpers.
The Broncos engaged in a "weeding out" process this offseason to identify season-ticket holders who attended zero games last year and resold the tickets on the secondary market, according to The Denver Post. The move — using technology in the electronic resale market — opened up about 400 seats to those on their 75,000 person waiting list and upgraded seats for 144 current season ticket-holders.
Though it was met with mostly positive reactions, some of the people who lost tickets are furious, including 69-year-old Mike Fletcher, a season ticket-holder since 1977 who says he couldn't attend games in 2016 because of a collapsed lung and lung-reduction surgery.
“It’s been difficult for me to hold those tickets at times,” Fletcher, who asked the team to reconsider, told The Denver Post. “At times I couldn’t give those tickets away. A season-ticket holder has to give them their money in February of each year. If they’re checking anyone’s tickets, they ought to let people know that and put it in their policy. I guarantee you they didn’t take some of these sky-box owners’ tickets back if they didn’t go to at least one game. But how do they know that? How do we know that?”
The team denied his appeal, and The Denver Post reported that Fletcher also resold all of his tickets between 2013-15. The Broncos said the process is completely legal.
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