By Alfred Branch, Jr. StubHub! has begun notifying 13,000 of its customers/members that their names and contact information were released to the New England Patriots as part of a settlement with the team from a lawsuit filed last year. The Patriots had sought to punish season ticket holders or... Read more
Next Stop, State Senate By Alfred Branch, Jr. The Massachusetts House of Representatives Tuesday passed a proposed bill to allow unrestricted ticket reselling throughout the state. Now called H. 4251, the bill was passed overwhelmingly by a voice vote. Last week, the bill received unanimous support from the House... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. A proposal to eliminate Massachusetts’ restrictions on ticket reselling is nearing a legislative vote, following approval for the measure this week from a key state government committee. The Massachusetts legislature’s Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee moved SB #214 to the floor of the legislature... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. A district court judge in Massachusetts has ruled that a state ticket brokerage violated anti-scalping laws in 2005 when tried to charge $500 for an $85 Boston Red Sox ticket. The decision calls into question a recent attempt by legislators to legalize ticket reselling in... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. The Show Me State is about to show ticket brokers the money. By the wide margin of 25-7, the state Senate late Wednesday voted to approve a measure allowing for unfettered ticket reselling, making Missouri the latest state to approve scalping this year. The only... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. State legislators in North Carolina are considering passage of a potentially onerous bill that would allow the resale of tickets over the Internet only if a broker receives prior approval by the venue. In addition, the proposed bill calls for the venue to set a... Read more
Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell late Friday signed into law a bill that allows anyone to legally resell event tickets online. The new law became effective immediately. The Keystone State joins Connecticut and New York as the most recent states to legalize ticket scalping, but requires resellers have a presence... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. TicketNews.com Ticket scalping will finally be legal in Connecticut beginning on Oct. 1. Gov. Jodi Rell signed the repeal bill earlier today. Both the state Senate and House of Representatives last month unanimously passed the repeal bill, just hours before the legislative session adjourned for... Read more
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has proposed a 6% “luxury tax” to be levied upon sports, concert, and movie tickets, as well as golfing, bowling, and health club memberships. Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has started a campaign to actively fight the proposed tax: Less than 24 hours after sealing... Read more
According to the website NoTicketTax.com, Michigan is the becoming the latest in a long list of state governments seriously considering using extrodinarily high ticket taxes to boost government revenue. The Website appears to be sponsored by the group “Fans Against The Ticket Tax” and was registered on June 11th... Read more