The Madison Square Garden Company has fired about half a dozen sales executives after it caught them reselling tickets, according to the New York Post.
The executives — including a senior executive in ticket sales and corporate hospitality — were fired for reselling coveted tickets to New York Knicks and New York Rangers games, while pocketing the profit. The Post reports they were caught after MSG launched an investigation.
“It was uncovered through an internal investigation that a small handful of employees were breaking company policies and, as a result, they were relieved of their responsibilities,” an MSG spokesman said in a statement to The Post.
The Post reports that out of the 40 sales executives who work for MSG, fewer than 10 were caught. The paper also reported that the execs bought hard-to-come-by seats and sold them above face value.
“They were buying the cheapest tickets for sporting events and reselling them at higher prices on StubHub,” the source said.
Usually MSG employees are required to get permission in writing when buying tickets and need to explain why they are buying them.
Adam Campbell, a senior vice president of ticket sales and corporate hospitality, was let go according to the Post. He wasn’t alleged to have scalped tickets, but was fired for not having control over his staff.
This isn’t the first time MSG has endured a ticket scandal. Back in 1996, a six-month investigation led to the firing of five ticket office employees, according to the New York Times.
With Kristaps Porzingis and the Rangers being very good, it makes sense why the tickets are in demand and would fetch high prices. The former MSG employees will have to pay the high prices now, just like everybody else.