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A black market ticket seller who purchased about $22,000 worth of tickets to this year?s NRL Grand Final has been forced to hand the valuable tickets back.
Sports Mondial Australia, an unofficial corporate hospitality provider, had already sold 81 of the 220 tickets, but will hand them back to the NRL.
The NRL won a Supreme Court injunction against Sports Mondial after Judge William Windeyer found the way they bought the tickets lead to a ?strong inference that the purchase was arranged in that way so that it would not be obvious to Ticketek or the NRL."
Sports Mondial had bought 120 of the tickets by using individuals who would buy tickets as normal customers using cash at Ticketek.
One individual bought 100 tickets in bulk for the unofficial corporate hospitality provider.
The NRL will purchase 139 of the unsold tickets back off Sports Mondial, and has assured those who bought the unofficial corporate packages that official packages will be offered at the same price or cheaper than those offered by Sports Mondial.
Sports Mondial may fork out more than $36,000 refunding clients, and will lose tickets valuing about $8,000.
A corporate hospitality package typically includes pre-match celebrity speakers, a five-star dinner and expensive champagne.