Since a certain segment of commenter will reject the premise of this item, here are caveats galore:
1) The Redskins are not required to offer free anything to people who renew their season tickets. And yet they offered free stuff.
2) Their offer clearly stated that the prized tickets to the Notre Dame-Maryland and Manchester United-Barcelona games were available in limited quantities, on a first-come, first-served basis.
3) The complimentary tickets were for 400-level seats, not standing-room club-seat party-deck passes.
4) The Redskins are not required to offer free anything to people who renew their season tickets. And yet they offered free stuff.
Still. If I were a season-ticket holder who rushed to renew with hopes of getting free soccer tickets, was instead mailed Kenny Chesney tickets, and then woke up in mid June to see a Living Social offer for half-off Manchester United-Barcelona passes, I might be a bit curious whether the goodwill the Redskins could have earned by hooking me up wouldn’t have been worth the lost luster of passing up a Living Social deal.
Also, my favorite part of the deal comes at the bottom:
If being at FedEx Field has you nostalgic for American football, sign up to be on the Washington Redskins’ season ticket waiting list.
(Full disclosure: Tim O’Shaughnessy, the founder and chief executive of Living Social, is the son-in-law of Washington Post Co. Chairman Donald E. Graham.)
(Update: Apparently, Living Social’s stash of 1,000 passes sold out before Wednesday afternoon.)