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May 17, 1997 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The former longtime manager of the Forrest Theatre in Center City was charged yesterday with evading taxes on $47,495 he received from ticket brokers for supplying coveted tickets to popular Broadway shows. Alexis M. "Lex" Carlin, 73, of Bala Cynwyd, was charged with one count of filing a false tax return, a misdemeanor. Federal prosecutors contended that by not reporting cash payments from 10 Philadelphia ticket brokers, Carlin evaded $15,525 in federal income taxes. Carlin will plead guilty to the charge, his lawyer said.
NEWS
April 19, 2010
A recent report revealed yet another perk of political office in New Jersey: reserved concert seating. The state Sports and Exposition Authority held hundreds of seats at its venues last year for distribution by politicians, according to Bloomberg News. The offices of then-Gov. Jon S. Corzine and 21 other elected officials got special access to sellout performances by, among others, boy band the Jonas Brothers and hard-rock has-beens AC/DC. The problem here isn't just that New Jersey politicians have bad taste in music.
NEWS
May 23, 1997 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Ever wonder in years past how area ticket brokers got so many choice seats for the hottest theater shows in town? When it came to the Forrest Theatre, one of several city venues, the answer is, by paying "ice," federal prosecutors say. In the theater and ticket-selling industries, "ice" is the nice way of saying "payoff," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald H. Levine. For years, at least 10 area ticket brokers secretly made cash payoffs to Alexis M. Carlin, then house manager at the Forrest Theater in Center City.
NEWS
January 22, 2002 | By Benjamin Y. Lowe INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Want to see Donovan McNabb in person on Sunday? It'll cost you. Tickets to Sunday's sold-out NFC championship game in St. Louis will cost three to 10 times face value, as much as $1,300 for the best seat in the Dome at America's Center, according to ticket brokers and judging by online auctions. "This is a big game, and people want to go," said a manager who declined to give his name at Worldwide Tickets Inc. in Cherry Hill. Tickets no better than the Vet's 700 level with face value of $56 will cost from $150 to $275, depending on the ticket broker.
SPORTS
January 19, 2005 | By Leonard N. Fleming INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In less than 10 minutes, they were gone. Those who got Eagles tickets yesterday through Ticketmaster are feeling lucky today. The only tickets left are in the hands of ticket brokers, who are selling seats to deep-pocket fans willing to shell out the cash to see Sunday's NFC championship game between the Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons. The prices are astounding. For a party of 24, seats in a private, enclosed suite can be purchased for as much as $62,000. Depending on the row and field location, two upper-deck seats in the 200 level are going for more than $600.
NEWS
November 9, 1988 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
If you're desperate to see "Les Miserables," the hottest musical attraction this town's ever seen, it's probably gonna cost you . . . dearly. The Philadelphia engagement of "Les Miz" opened for previews at the Forrest Theatre Oct. 8 with almost $8 million advance sales and almost 85 percent of the engagement sold out, said house manager Lex Carlin. The week after its offical Oct. 27 opening (to rave reviews), the Forrest posted an eight-week extension that will keep the show here at least until March 11. Carlin says a lucky few can pick up "single seats almost every night" at the box office - at $45, $35 or $25 a pop (except for the Wednesday matinee, when seats sell for $40, $30 and $20)
NEWS
May 30, 1997 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
You can still get the hottest ticket in town if you want to spend hundreds of dollars. The lowest price quoted in a Daily News survey of ticket brokers for tomorrow's game in the Stanley Cup finals: $250. More common: $300 for the mezzanine, $450 and up for the lower level. "A lot of people are waiting for the market to fall a little bit" before buying tickets, said Tom Patania, president of the East Coast Ticket Brokers Association. He said if that happens it will occur late today or early tomorrow.
SPORTS
May 31, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
The Indiana Pacers want their own fans sitting courtside for tonight's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals - and they're willing to pay for it. In an effort to prevent New York Knicks fans from buying the choice tickets, the Pacers' co-owners are dipping into their own pockets. Melvin and Herb Simon said yesterday they will purchase any courtside tickets that season ticketholders were planning to sell. And they will match the price offered by ticket brokers. The seats that are repurchased by the Simons will be donated to local area youths who would otherwise not have a chance to sit courtside, the Pacers said.
SPORTS
June 2, 2010 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
Time to empty out the all-Flyers mailbag:   - Deron   Deron, I was thinking the same thing. Obviously the Wachovia Center will be all orange and black for Game 3, but I thought more Flyers fans would make the trip to Chicago. Philly sports fans generally travel well, but when I went looking for Flyers supporters at the United Center there were fewer of them than anticipated. That might have something to do with Memorial Day weekend. I'm sure some people made vacation plans well in advance of the Flyers improbable run to the Finals.
NEWS
April 24, 1998 | by Al Hunter Jr., Daily News Staff Writer
When tickets to the Spice Girls concert at Madison Square Garden were gobbled up in 12 minutes last week, the New York attorney general's office thought something was fishy and investigated. But some ticket-agent and venue officials contend selling out a 13,000-seat show - featuring one of the hottest groups in the world - in a matter of minutes is not that unusual. "The days of people lining up three days in advance in a line three quarters of a mile long are over," said Larry Solters, a spokesman for TicketMaster.
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SPORTS
June 2, 2010 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
Time to empty out the all-Flyers mailbag:   - Deron   Deron, I was thinking the same thing. Obviously the Wachovia Center will be all orange and black for Game 3, but I thought more Flyers fans would make the trip to Chicago. Philly sports fans generally travel well, but when I went looking for Flyers supporters at the United Center there were fewer of them than anticipated. That might have something to do with Memorial Day weekend. I'm sure some people made vacation plans well in advance of the Flyers improbable run to the Finals.
NEWS
April 19, 2010
A recent report revealed yet another perk of political office in New Jersey: reserved concert seating. The state Sports and Exposition Authority held hundreds of seats at its venues last year for distribution by politicians, according to Bloomberg News. The offices of then-Gov. Jon S. Corzine and 21 other elected officials got special access to sellout performances by, among others, boy band the Jonas Brothers and hard-rock has-beens AC/DC. The problem here isn't just that New Jersey politicians have bad taste in music.
NEWS
June 19, 2008 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frankly, the average fan's chances are lousy for scoring Eagles tickets Thursday morning, when seats for single games finally go on sale. Starting at 10 a.m., fans can order either by calling Ticketmaster or going to ticketmaster.com. No in-person sales are planned. Within a dozen minutes or so, all that will be left will be seats for the two preseason games. But there are strategies that can improve the odds of snagging some tickets. They've worked for fans, including me, in the past.
NEWS
October 3, 2007 | By Lini S. Kadaba and Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Phillies loyalist Kyle McGrath has an optimistic plan to score tickets not only for this afternoon's National League playoff opener, but for other home games in the series. Convoluted? Yes. But doable? Well, anything seems possible since the Phils captured the East Division title to reach the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. Around the region and everywhere else that Phillies fanatics live, the goal is as clear as a home run ball in a cloudless sky: Find a way to follow today's 3 p.m. game.
SPORTS
March 16, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tickets for the first- and second-round NCAA men's basketball games tomorrow and Sunday at the Wachovia Center have been sold out for almost a year, but that hasn't stopped many people from attempting to buy their way into the building. And while some fans would do almost anything to see Villanova or Connecticut - or any of the other six teams - in action, there is a word of caution. The adage that the buyer must beware certainly applies when the demand is so high for tickets. "The event is sold out, so you have to watch about buying a ticket from an unauthorized person," said Ike Richman, a spokesman for Comcast Spectacor, the owners of the Wachovia Center.
SPORTS
January 24, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis is making sure his former high school coach sees his return home for the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. Former Detroit Mackenzie High School football coach Bob Dozier says he's stayed in touch with his ex-player, a 1990 Mackenzie graduate who is fifth on the NFL's career rushing list after 13 seasons. "I've been talking to Jerome every Tuesday," Dozier, who lives in El Paso, Texas, told the Detroit Free Press. "He told me the same thing Gilbert [Brown]
SPORTS
January 19, 2005 | By Leonard N. Fleming INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In less than 10 minutes, they were gone. Those who got Eagles tickets yesterday through Ticketmaster are feeling lucky today. The only tickets left are in the hands of ticket brokers, who are selling seats to deep-pocket fans willing to shell out the cash to see Sunday's NFC championship game between the Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons. The prices are astounding. For a party of 24, seats in a private, enclosed suite can be purchased for as much as $62,000. Depending on the row and field location, two upper-deck seats in the 200 level are going for more than $600.
NEWS
May 19, 2004 | By Mitch Lipka INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Jersey officials are suing a Bucks County man who owns a Cherry Hill ticket brokerage, accusing him of selling tickets to a benefit concert for more than $1,500 over the $300 face value. The tickets were for last year's Hope Concert, featuring Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. It was held in Red Bank, Monmouth County, to raise money for needed medical care for the son of guitarist Bobby Bandiera, who plays with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Licensed ticket brokers are permitted a 50 percent markup.
SPORTS
May 30, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
It turns out Mike Tyson's fight with heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis isn't such a hot ticket. Despite claims of a record-breaking $23 million sellout, tickets are so plentiful it appears promoters seriously overestimated the attractiveness of a title bout in Memphis. The Associated Press estimated that just over half of the 19,000-plus tickets have been sold to fans. Most of the others are held by ticket brokers or have gone on sale at the arena. The lack of demand became evident yesterday, when promoters put another 3,500 seats back up for public sale, just 10 days before the June 8 fight.
NEWS
January 22, 2002 | By Benjamin Y. Lowe INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Want to see Donovan McNabb in person on Sunday? It'll cost you. Tickets to Sunday's sold-out NFC championship game in St. Louis will cost three to 10 times face value, as much as $1,300 for the best seat in the Dome at America's Center, according to ticket brokers and judging by online auctions. "This is a big game, and people want to go," said a manager who declined to give his name at Worldwide Tickets Inc. in Cherry Hill. Tickets no better than the Vet's 700 level with face value of $56 will cost from $150 to $275, depending on the ticket broker.
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