Sports Ticket Broker- Friend or Foe?

By: Al Terry

A sports ticket broker can be a handy person to have around, especially when you are a die-hard sports fan. Any sports fanatic will tell you that watching a game live is the only way to experience live sporting action. There's nothing that can compare to watching a spectacular touchdown or a phenomenal save being made right in front of your eyes. And being surrounded by hundreds of like-minded and loud fans certainly doesn't hurt either!

So where exactly does a sports ticket broker come in? As with any kind of broker, it only makes sense to have one if you are going to be using their services regularly or if you are very serious about watching your live games.

Pros And Cons

It is perfectly common for people to buy their sporting tickets on their own, but when it comes to popular sporting tickets, remember that you are not going to be the only person standing in line. Some people have waited for days to get certain tickets and even then, they may not have the best seats. And if you show up at the last minute, chances are that those tickets will be all sold out.

This is where the sports ticket broker comes in. A sports ticket broker can take all the hassle out of buying tickets, even if they are being bought at the last minute. More often than not, a sports ticket broker will have pretty sweet seats as well and will deliver your tickets to you on time. While they will often charge hefty rates, sometimes it can be worth the extra cash, especially if you get those impossible tickets for a spectacular game.

Do Your Homework

So how does one choose a good sports ticket broker? With the advent of the internet, there has been a flood of sports ticket brokers, each promising the same kind of great deals for fabulous sporting events. Before handing over any money, you should keep a few things in mind. First, do a little research. Just because you are opting for a sports ticket broker doesn't mean you have to take the first one that comes along. Check to see which ones offer the kind of tickets you want at competitive rates.

Next and perhaps most importantly, make sure that the sports ticket broker is not just an email id. Do not do any business unless they have a physical, verifiable address as well as good customer support systems via the phone. Check to see if the broker is a member of the Better Business Bureau- this is always a good sign that the broker is trustworthy as the BBB has some rather stringent standards that merchants must follow. Try to go for a sports ticket broker that has an established reputation and is not someone who just opened shop yesterday. Longevity in the business speaks volumes for a sports ticket broker's reputation.

A sports ticket broker can be a blessing if you are looking for hard-to-find tickets or especially great seats. For a little extra cash, a sports ticket broker can turn ticket buying nightmares into a sweet dream come true.

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