The Washington Times - September 17, 2008, 06:14PM

Just got not one, not two, but three e-mails from Maryland‘s media relations department about credential abuse.

And this is probably why.


Of course, we media folk are not supposed to sell our credentials to the highest bidder. And at least in this case, it’s buy-it-now.

Nonetheless, this is a new one to me. And it makes me wonder if a sideline pass to watch Maryland and Eastern Michigan is worth $100. (At least the seller had the decency to waive the shipping for a small blue piece of paper).

Of course, the same seller managed to score $200 for a pair of passes to last week’s game against California, so there’s obviously a cottage industry at work. Also obvious: Some member of the media (or someone connected with someone in the media) is being naughty.

But given that Maryland has “alerted stadium security and campus police that any individuals wearing these credentials should be escorted by police and/or security from the stadium immediately,” my guess is this won’t end well for someone on Saturday and this problem will disappear.

Especially when they could get in on the cheap the old-fashioned way —- pay $10 to a scalper desperate to unload inventory to the least attractive home game of the season.

(EDIT at 9:45 p.m.: It appears the bidding is over because the item was removed from sale. Guess I won’t get to see the campus constables haul someone away on Saturday. My loss.)

—- Patrick Stevens