Some looking to profit from free tickets to Ali services

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Muhammad Ali is shown before the Ali Humanitarian Awards ceremony in Louisville, Ky. A spokesman for boxing great Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight champion is being treated in a hospital for a respiratory issue. Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Thursday, June 2, 2016, that Ali is being treated by doctors as a precaution. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Muhammad Ali insisted the tickets for his memorial be free. But some people are looking to turn a profit.

People started arriving outside the KFC Yum! Center late Tuesday in downtown Louisville, ahead of the Wednesday morning ticket distribution. The line stretched around the arena. All 15,000-plus tickets for Ali’s memorial service Friday were claimed within an hour.

Some ticket holders immediately went online offering to sell their tickets.

Others posted online pleas to buy tickets. One wrote that he and his mother were driving in from Chicago for the service for the boxing great and willing to pay $50 for two tickets.

One of the posters offering to sell tickets reached by phone said a friend of his sold tickets to the memorial service. When asked for how much, he hung up.

News 2 will stream the funeral live on wkrn.com and will have complete coverage through the evening beginning at 4 p.m.

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