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TFD: The Dukiest Duke basketball story that every Duked

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • July 15, 2011 - 4:39 PM

An overblown problem? Check.

Entitlement on all sides? Check.

Gobs of money? Check.

You'll swear it's made up, but it's not! Enjoy this Duke basketball story, via the AP (our help in bold):

A family squabble over season tickets to Duke men's basketball games has resulted in a legal fight.

A woman filed a lawsuit Friday against her sister, her sister's husband and Duke University regarding the transfer of two tickets that once belonged to her father for games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Katina Dorton is seeking unspecified damages and asking the court to invalidate the "fraudulent transfer" to Gordon and Sophia Caudle that occurred without the knowledge or consent of her father or other family members, according to the complaint.

"This is important and it's valuable," said Randall M. Roden, an attorney for Dorton. "She's a graduate. She genuinely wants to support the Blue Devils and go to the games. But she was shocked by the way Duke handled this."

Michael J. Schoenfeld, Duke's vice president for public affairs and government relations, declined to comment on the lawsuit filed in Wake County Superior Court.

John Dorton, a Duke graduate and dentist who treated athletes and coaches over the years, bought tickets through longtime contributions to the Iron Dukes -- the fundraising arm of the school's athletic department. He was "ill and unable to act for himself" when the transfer occurred in July 2008, according to the complaint, and died in January 2010 at age 81.

The Iron Dukes allow members to pass on tickets to family members willing to meet financial obligations, according to the complaint. In this case, that meant a $50,000 transfer donation and a $6,000 annual contribution. The lawsuit seeks to void the Caudles' arrangement while allowing Katina Dorton to assume the transferred ticket rights.

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