Restrictive tickets could eliminate family traditions

My extended family has held football season tickets for many years, and we’ve always had a tradition of swapping tickets with family and friends. I’m worried that a new trend toward restrictive tickets will make it either more difficult or just impossible to have such an exchange.

It seems counterintuitive to pay a ‘convenience fee’ when forced to use an inconvenient service like restrictive ticketing, but that is exactly how restrictive tickets work. In order to transfer your tickets to someone else you must pay a transfer fee, even if you are giving them away. Swapping tickets with friends and family has been a tradition of ours for years, but with restrictive tickets becoming more common I’m afraid that it may become such a hassle that it might not be worth doing at all. —Robert Niemann, Andover