Anonymous sources say feds are investigating KU basketball ticket sales

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | 1:29 p.m. CDT; updated 2:05 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 24, 2010

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Star is reporting that a federal investigation has begun into the handling of basketball tickets at the University of Kansas.

The newspaper said the investigation appears to focus on whether NCAA tournament tickets or season ticket packages have been sold through outside channels. Unidentified sources told the Star that proceeds could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The nature of the allegations is not clear. One anonymous source told the Star they are about the athletic department's handling of NCAA tournament tickets, while another anonymous source said it also included season tickets.

A third anonymous source told the newspaper only that federal investigators were involved.

A person close to the situation who asked not to be identified told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the school has been conducting its own investigation. The person asked not to be named because the probe was ongoing.

Jim Cross, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office that oversees Kansas, would not confirm whether there was a federal probe.


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