Episode 822: The Shortest Super Bowl : Planet Money How does the market for Super Bowl tickets work? And why did it collapse in 2015?
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Episode 822: The Shortest Super Bowl

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Football sitting on a field.
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There is a huge economy surrounding the Super Bowl. And nowhere is this more visible than in one crazed market: ticket sales. Usually, the game is a bonanza for professional ticket salesmen.

But the 2015 Super Bowl was different.

Two weeks before the big game, the Super Bowl market collapsed, catastrophically. Brokers went belly up. Tickets vanished. And companies had to spend millions of dollars to reimburse a lot of angry fans. What happened? Today on the show, we try to figure it out.

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