Local season ticket holders say they have little sympathy for those Patriots fans who try to sell their precious Gillette Stadium passes for profit, although they say owners should be able to pass along tickets socially to family and friends.
"The tickets say 'not for resale' right on them," said David Playe of North Attleboro, a season ticket holder for more than 30 years.
"I think that's pretty clear."
The Patriots recently filed suit against StubHub Inc., a ticket agency, saying the company encourages fans to violate the state's antiscalping law. The lawsuit also names at least 50 season ticket holders who allegedly resold tickets through StubHub.
For years, ticket vendors have offered tickets many hard-to-get Boston area sports events at prices as much as 500 percent above face value, sometimes after purchasing them from fans. State law forbids a markup of more than $2 plus certain service charges.
Ticket resales have become more common in recent years as the Internet has opened up a wider market. The Patriots allow ticket holders to sell back their season tickets at face value through a web site controlled by the team.
Fans said they think loyal ticket-holders shouldn't be penalized for passing on a ticket to a family member or friend if they can't personally attend the game, however.
"Once we purchase the ticket, I think we should have some rights," said Mark Gilmore of North Attleboro who shares a season ticket with another fan. However, Gilmore said he agreed with the Patriots' enforcing the rules against profiteering.
"It's basically a good thing," he said.