Maryland football is far from the first team with a program like this. If you recruit a friend or family member to buy full or partial season tickets, the Kane County Cougars will apply a 15 percent credit to your 2012 renewal. McNeese football instituted a referral program for the 2011 season, in which each season-ticket referral you claim will earn you one entry into a raffle to win two roundtrip airline tickets. The Houston Dynamo have an extensive referral system, in which the new buyers get 5 percent off a full season plan, while the referrers get either a $50 gift card or a signed soccer ball for every full plan their friends or family members purchase. South Dakota State offers a $10 credit for every new football or basketball season-ticket package you help solicit, while Marquette basketball gives out $100 credits for bringing in a new account. A few years back, the Nets launched a referral program in which each new sale resulted in a 3 percent “cash commission,” with the team boasting it had thereby “hired” thousands of new sales reps.

And then there’s the Redskins:

As a valued Premium Club Member, the Redskins invite you to take advantage of the Redskins Referral Program.

SAVE $1,000 each time your friends, family members, or business associates purchase a new pair of 2011 Premium Season Tickets. There is no limit to your savings!*

Plus, the Redskins will send you a FREE TICKETS TO A SPECIAL EVENT OF YOUR CHOICE AT FEDEXFIELD in 2011!** Terms and Conditions apply.

Simply provide us with your referral’s name, address and telephone number, and the Redskins will take care of the rest!

So yeah. Get those referrals in.