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April 29, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals Sue Charity for Sale of Discount Tickets

The St. Louis Cardinals baseball team is suing a local nonprofit for allegedly scalping thousands of game tickets the group received at discounted prices, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The suit claims the Leagues of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which operates youth baseball programs, breached a contract with the team by offering tickets for high-demand games on the resale site StubHub at prices above face value.

The St. Louis-based charity was allotted 3,500 discount tickets last season through the team's Cardinals Care program. According to the suit, the tickets were supposed to be used by friends, family, and supporters of the nonprofit or sold at no more than face value to raise money for its programs.

The team demanded the return of remaining tickets in July after discovering some 1,700 had been sold on StubHub and is now seeking to recover about $40,000 the suit states came from the sale of tickets at inflated prices. Nicholas Mahrt, the youth charity's president, declined to comment Tuesday.