It's not often that ticket scalpers -- please, sir, the practitioners prefer the term entrepreneurs -- get the chance to buy an entire season's worth of tickets for a team that will have an 8,000-person waiting list by the end of the day. So the relocating Atlanta Thrashers offering an online free-for-all for season tickets must have looked like a dream come true for ticket profiteers.
The Canadian Press reports scalpers from as far away as Virginia who are more than willing to come pick up their tickets in person, as True North is requiring. Tickers are being offered on Craigslist, eBay and something called Kijiji, which is apparently like Craigslist but not powered by utter anarchy.
Winnipeg NHL fans are unhappy with scalpers who are taking advantage of supply and demand, but this is just something that comes with having a sports team. It goes both ways, too. In a few years when the Jets or whatever are having a bad season, Winnipeggers will appreciate being able to pick up a pair of tickets on a sidewalk near the MTS Centre.