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ALAN FISHER says Spurs are do­ing a dis­ser­vice to their loyal fans with their con­tro­ver­sial scheme

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re­la­tions copy. When it comes down to it, Spurs re­cip­ro­cate with StubHub.

Owned by ebay, StubHub is an Amer­i­can ticket re­selling agency who from the start of this sea­son pos­sess sole rights to sold-out matches at White Hart Lane. Once a match is of­fi­cially sold out, sea­son-ticket hold­ers can then place their seats on the Stubhub site.

Up un­til the end of last sea­son, Spurs op­er­ated a ticket ex­change scheme that en­abled sea­son-ticket hold­ers un­able to at­tend a sold­out match to re­sell their ticket at full price for that fix­ture less 25 per cent. The club then sold them at face value. That com­mis­sion, which means Spurs are mak­ing another 25 per cent on top of tick­ets they have al­ready sold, was steep enough but at least it was a com­pro­mise of sorts, given that we in­vest so much in ad­vance and kick-offs are changed at the whim of Sky TV. StubHub has two sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences. Tick­ets can now be sold to any­one, whereas with the ticket ex­change only Spurs mem­bers were el­i­gi­ble. Mem­bers thus lose a ben­e­fit of their hefty sub­scrip­tion and away fans could eas­ily sit in the midst of the Spurs faith­ful, negat­ing safety poli­cies at the swipe of a credit card.

How­ever, by far the most sig­nif­i­cant change is that on StubHub you can sell tick­ets at any price you choose. Many of us feared that this would lead to ex­or­bi­tant prof­i­teer­ing far in ex­cess of the wildest dreams of any street-cor­ner tout. Spurs de­nied this would hap­pen, claim­ing, “it is very rare for the tick­ets to sell at more than their orig­i­nal price”. The re­cent home game against ri­vals

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