I've sent a note to the right person to get us a fix for 73K again before it becomes an epidemic.
Please do not create new threads on the matter, this one will be updated as & when there are updates.
Update 16/08/2012: While not a progress update - the last time I spoke to the right person, I was told the issue is proving difficult to resolve but as far as he's aware it's still being tackled.
Unfortunately I can't offer you anything else than this right now but as always, you'll know when I know, people.
Update 27/09/2012: Once again, this is scarcely a progress update - there has been no further contact to me on this issue or anything else.
I have done what I can for y'all but my hope has run dry. I apologise to any who are persistently harmed by this & can only wish you luck.
Update 13/01/2013: As always, this isn't a progress update. No new developments have occurred whatsoever. Instead, this is a link to a relevant, mostly clean thread. See viewtopic.php?f=30&t=8905 for potential temporary liftings of the error.
Remember - nothing is guaranteed, there will be no fix as far as anyone can tell.
Update 01/02/13: I am very proud to say that the dedication of the playerbase has resulted in EA releasing resources for the servers to be refreshed, repaired, rectified...who knows, what we do know is the game is now working as intended!
Go ahead, you're allowed to enjoy it now. Have fun.
Update 06/02/13: Funny story, guys...reports of the error resurfacing are becoming more common than I'd like. Any investigation into the matter will be appreciated in the relevant thread, re-linked here
Update: 02/05/2013: Error has gone unfixed. Likelihood of it being fixed is zero. Sorry guys & girls.