In the past when this topic has come up, a lot of people say, "Hey, it's a free market, it's your choice to buy the ticket at that price or not." But is it really a free market when, as mentioned, there's only one way to buy said tickets?
It's also been argued that ticket brokers can suffer losses just as big (if not worse) as their gains when they buy up tickets that turn out to be not in demand. Just a couple years ago I read an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
about guys that bought a bunch of Milwaukee Bucks ticket that they couldn't give away because the Bucks turned out to be a god-awful team that year. But whose fault is that? These idiots' sole reason for buying the tickets was to sell them at a profit. I have no sympathy for them.
In fairness, I should mentioned that I've been on the favorable end of this situation. In 2000, I tried to buy tickets to the Pats-Bears game in Chicago but they were sold out through the Bears' website. However, as the season wore on and it became apparent that both teams were playing for high draft picks, me and my friend started looking at ticket brokers and paid $100 for FOUR tickets (i.e. $25 each).
Nonetheless, it wouldn't have bothered me at all to pay full price to get them from the team. These days it seems like teams only care about their season-ticket holders. On one hand these are the more devoted fans and single-game tickets are more likely to be sought by fans of the opposing team. But there are those of us who can't afford season tickets or wouldn't even want them - which would be me. I love going to Pats games, but at the same time I'm not the type of person that would want to go to EVERY home game each year. One or two games a year is enough for me.
Sorry I guess I'm rambling, I'm just trying to say I agree. I can't afford to go to New England this year, so I was thinking of going to the game at Indy, but I'm not looking forward to shopping for the tickets. It's just gotten ridiculous.