Vikings’ Tice fined $100,000 for scalping Super Bowl tickets
NEW YORK (Ticker) - Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice has been fined $100,000 for scalping some of his allotment of tickets for Super Bowl XXXIX.
The league made the announcement on Thursday and also fined Vikings assistant coaches Dean Dalton and Rusty Tillman $10,000 apiece for selling Super Bowl tickets at more than the face value.
NFL policy prohibits the scalping of any ticket to an NFL game or event.
The NFL requires all players, coaches and club personnel who buy Super Bowl tickets to sign a release stating they will not re-sell them at a profit.
Each NFL player has the right to purchase two Super Bowl tickets at face value, which was either $500 or $600 this year, depending on seat location.
Tice admitted to scalping the tickets and expected to be hit with a heavy fine.
“I respect Commissioner (Paul) Tagliabue’s decision,” Tice said in a statement. “I used poor judgement and it will not happen again. I apologize to my family, Commissioner Tagliabue, the NFL, the entire Vikings organization and the fans.
“I consider this matter closed and remain focused on the upcoming 2005 season, which should be an exciting year for Vikings fans everywhere.”
The NFL’s lowest-paid coach at $1 million per season, Tice - who is 23-25 in three seasons - is entering the final year of his contract. He was under scrutiny after the Vikings faded late last season but managed to guide the team to an upset win at Green Bay in the wild card round of the playoffs.