The New England Patriots, in an attempt to help preserve its control over the resale of its tickets, requested that TicketsNow remove the tickets from the company’s exchange, the team told TicketNews.
The admission that the team was behind the move comes as little surprise because the Patriots have taken a hard line over the resale of it tickets, including suing StubHub for listing tickets on its exchange. But, the move shows just how much influence the team has in forcing a ticket exchange to bend to its will, especially considering the popularity of the team among brokers and fans and the lucrative nature of its tickets on the secondary market.
Team spokesperson Stacey James confirmed to TicketNews that it asked TicketsNow to take down the tickets.
“We are pleased that TicketsNow responsibly responded to a request to direct visitors seeking Patriots game tickets to club-authorized sites like Ticketmaster and Team Exchange,” he said.
TicketsNow emailed its broker clients about the removal last week, but did not give a reason why. The company is owned by Ticketmaster, which is the official ticket company for the Patriots.