GREENSBORO, N.C. — Basketball is the focus of most ACC fans in Greensboro this week, but for another group the focus is money.
Hang around the parking lot outside of the Greensboro Coliseum and you run into dozens of men selling ACC team gear and tickets to multiple games.
“Easy money. $50,000-$60,000 dollars a year. Easy,” said a man who called himself “Big Bubba from Atlanta.”
Bubba drove up from Atlanta to sell tickets and merchandise, which was displayed for potential buyers in the trunk of his car.
He claims he only sells at face value. He says angry fans of losing teams leave and sell their tickets at a loss. That allows him to sell at face value and still make money.
Another entrepreneur, who called himself Bruno, carried around a duffel bag and a thick New York accent. He wore a Yankees jacket and a New York Giants hat and offered ACC fans hats and shirts at discount prices.
“Don’t push and shove there’s enough. Hats, t-shirts — wear your colors. Be proud,” told a group of Duke fans.
None purchased anything. Bruno’s response to whether or not he was licensed to sell the stuff in his duffel was profane.
The ACC employs a private company to stop this sort of thing. They depend on complaints.
The Greensboro Police said it would step in if there were complaints, as well. Right now, police are more focused on traffic control and fan safety.