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Be wary of potential ticketing pitfalls

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James Pearce | 13:15 UK time, Monday, 14 March 2011

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Olympic ticketing is always controversial. It's just not possible to keep everybody happy.

There's never going to be a stadium large enough to accommodate all the people who want to watch the men's 100 metres final and, with so much money needing to be raised from ticket sales, those lucky enough to be given the chance to attend will often complain that they're being charged too much.

So when London 2012 chairman Lord Coe and his team sat down to begin work on their ticketing strategy they were well aware that they would be criticised whatever they decided. They also knew that they could do absolutely nothing about one of the most common complaints.

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BOA faces up to funding nightmare

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James Pearce | 15:47 UK time, Thursday, 3 March 2011

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Now that everybody's had time to reflect on my revelation that the British Olympic Association doesn't have enough money to fund Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, it feels like the right time to try to answer the question that I've been asked over and over again during the past 24 hours.

How on earth has this happened?

The reaction from most people has been one of total surprise: "How is it possible that £9bn can be spent on the London Games, and yet we still can't afford to pay for the British team?"

However, you won't have seen any sports journalists falling off their chairs in shock at the news. We've known for several years that the BOA has been facing serious funding issues.

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