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FIFA World Cup tickets - spyware

Posted at 05:02 on February 6th, 2005 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Just read that tickets to the world cup in 2006 are only sold 'personalized'. That means buyers have to give lots of personal data: their name, birthdate and the number of their id card are just a few of them. Reselling tickets isn't allowed, giving them back to get the money back isn't possible, either. All tickets will be equipped with RFID chips 'for identification'.

Also, since Master Card is one of the main sponsors of the event, it's the only credit card which is accepted as payment. Fans aren't allowed to wear clothing which shows big logos of competitors of the sponsors in the stadiums. McDonald's has bought a monopoly on selling food during the matches.

How lame is all of that?
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Posted at 14:05 on February 6th, 2005 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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How lame is all of that?

You are talking about soccer in general or the monopoly of those giants during that event? :P
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Posted at 18:53 on February 6th, 2005 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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If you are a student, and buy a season pass to a sporting event here, they give you a special t shirt that you have to wear to every game, otherwise they won't let you in.

But it sounds like they are just totally whoring themselves out to the big boys, and screwing the fans.
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Posted at 10:40 on February 9th, 2005 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Just read that tickets to the world cup in 2006 are only sold 'personalized'.

It's quite annoying anyway. You can "apply" to buy tickets, but you only take part in a kind of lottery because their ticket stock isn't large enough (of course). As far as I know, you have to enter your data even if you don't really get the tickets.

Edited by Tapuak at 18:41 on February, 09th 2005
Posted at 14:40 on February 9th, 2005 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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If you are a student, and buy a season pass to a sporting event here, they give you a special t shirt that you have to wear to every game, otherwise they won't let you in.
So I guess it's you whom I should thank for this 'trend' :angry:
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