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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – New York Giants co-owner John Mara joined the Boomer & Carton program on Thursday morning to defend his team’s agreement with Ticketmaster to sell tickets for each of their eight regular-season games.

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“We had decided that we needed to hold back a certain number of tickets… to deal with relocation issues that happen when you move into a new stadium,” Mara said. “Those relocation issues can take on many different forms.”

Mara also said the individual game tickets were available because the team was able to release single seat locations held back to ensure it complied with the Americans With Disabilities Act regulations, and some seats available for purchase need to be sold to avoid a blackout.

WFAN’s Craig Carton criticized the plan on Wednesday morning. “You can’t tell your buying public the only way to get in is with a PSL,” declared Carton, “and then tell people, seven months later, ‘My bad, you don’t need a PSL, buy a ticket to any game you want.’”

The tickets went on sale Wednesday, with current personal seat license holders getting first crack at them for the next two days.

Fans on the team’s waiting list and former season ticket holders will be able to purchase any available seats on Friday and Saturday. Any remaining seats after the presale will be available for purchase by the general public on Monday.

All transactions will be online only at ticketmaster.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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