Number Of World Cup Games Sold Out: One

↵World Cup tickets are such a precious resource that when you apply ↵they ask ↵you for your passport number and check them at the venue to prevent ↵scalpers from exploiting the wonders of the free market. Reports have it ↵that the strict policy against ticket transfers is less than strict on ↵the ground, even in places as fanatically devoted to order as Korea and ↵Japan, but at least FIFA and South Africa are putting up the appearance that World Cup ↵tickets are more valuable than gold. ↵

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↵This trick will be considerably more difficult to pull off now that ↵two numbers have become widely known just a couple months before South ↵Africa 2010: 1 and 500,000. "One" is the number of matches ↵that are currently sold out. That match, unsurprisingly, is the final. ↵"A half million" is the ↵number of tickets that are still unbought. ↵

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↵FIFA may just be catching on to the idea that a massive international ↵soccer tournament located in a country with a per ↵capita GDP approximately equivalent to Botswana, Azerbaijan, and ↵Iran might not be the best idea. In their panic they've decided to take ↵something called "money" in exchange for the half-million ↵unsold tickets: ↵

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↵⇥The final phase of sales will involve ticket selling points being set ↵⇥up in shopping malls in the nine host cities plus a network of popular ↵⇥supermarkets. ... ↵⇥

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↵⇥It will be the first time fans can buy tickets over the counter in ↵⇥cash - the preferred method of purchasing for South African football ↵⇥fans, many of who are on low incomes. FIFA had previously insisted on ↵⇥selling tickets only through its website or in a complicated ballot ↵⇥procedure at a local bank branch, prompting local criticism. ↵⇥

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↵And what would a rash FIFA decision that leads to panicked damage ↵control be without a veiled threat? ↵

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↵⇥FIFA's Danny Jordaan said it would be "tragic" for the host ↵⇥country if stadiums were empty and urged fans to "go buy ↵⇥now." ↵⇥

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↵Just buy the tickets, South Africa, and nothing happens to the rugby ↵team, see? We wouldn't want any of your p ↵recious ↵Matt Damon-looking guys to come down with a bad case of exploded ↵kneecap, would we? Just hand over the money and no one gets hurt, ↵especially not Morgan Freeman. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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