Cheap meat, too.
"Even without a direct exchange, however, dismissing tickets as a favor has “a bad ring to it,” said Joe C. Loser Jr., dean of the Nashville School of Law.
“But I don’t know of any statute that prohibits it.”
How about Tennessee Code 39-16-402, Official Misconduct:
A public servant commits an offense who, with intent to obtain a benefit...(5) Receives any benefit not otherwise authorized by law".
Or, 39-16-102, Bribery of a Public Servant:
A person commits an offense who (2)While a public servant... accepts any pecuniary benefit upon an agreement or understanding that the public servant's ... action as a public servant will thereby be influenced".
Yes, triviality is a defence to both charges, but that's a question for jurors, isn't it?