Woman sues sister, Duke over tickets

July, 15, 2011
7/15/11
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Hey, it's not easy to get seats in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The gym is small. Supply is low. Demand is high. If I'm correctly remembering that one macroeconomics class I was required to take in college, that means prices and methods of acquisition are going to be cutthroat.

Did I get that right? It appears I did. After all, why else would a woman sue her sister, her sister's husband, and Duke University over tickets?

Yes, that lawsuit is happening, and yes, it feels like one of those things that could only happen in a handful of collegiate sporting environments. From the Associated Press:
A woman filed a lawsuit Friday against her sister, her sister's husband and Duke University regarding the transfer of two tickets that once belonged to her father for games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Katina Dorton is seeking unspecified damages and asking the court to invalidate what the lawsuit calls the "fraudulent transfer" to Gordon and Sophia Caudle.

According to the complaint filed in Wake County Superior Court, the transfer occurred in 2008 without the knowledge or consent of her father or other family members. Her father, John, died in 2010.

While we know the nature of the complaint, there's not going to be any supporting evidence in the file, so we can't exactly discuss the merits of the lawsuit. (Not that we would anyway. I'll leave that to the amateur lawyers in the comment section, thanks.)

Instead, let's all agree that suing your family members over tickets seems like an extreme way of making sure you get a ticket to see Duke-North Carolina every winter, and that there's so much more we need to know about how this family got to the point of a public lawsuit over basketball tickets. Is the couple in possession Tar Heels fans? Was some sort of share agreement impossible to achieve? Is there no trade to be made? Do we need to bring in Judge Joe Brown to settle this matter? Maybe Coach K needs to have the final word?

Come on: Is college hoops really that big of a deal? The answer, at least for this family, is apparently yes. College hoops fans aren't poisoning cherished trees just yet, but this at least deserves some spot on the "misplaced sporting intensity" spectrum. Frankly, I'm sort of impressed. And also a little bit terrified.

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