Who’s Really Scalping Ticket Buyers
When concerts are sold out minutes after going on sale, primary ticket sellers like Ticketmaster and artists themselves have been quick to point the finger at the secondary ticket market for buying the best tickets and pricing them above face value. They have even supported legislation in attempts to... Read more
Since 2007, New York state law has allowed the resale of tickets for profit; however, the law that legalized such resale expires this month, forcing the state legislature to reexamine the rules governing the secondary ticket market. While it is unlikely that New York will revert to an outright... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. It appears that you can add Bon Jovi to the list of artists scalping tickets to their own shows for hundreds, even thousands, of dollars above face value. The New Jersey-bred band, headed by heartthrob Jon Bon Jovi, is currently on tour supporting its top-selling... Read more
By Alfred Branch, Jr. Van Halen may have figured out a way to put the “diamond” into Diamond David Lee Roth’s nickname. Following the lead of Beyonce and Lynyrd Skynyrd/Hank Williams, Jr., it appears that the veteran rockers may be scalping dozens of tickets for their upcoming 2008 shows,... 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 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 Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner As one of the six remaining states in the country observing anti-scalping laws, a repeal of Kentucky’s law does not appear to be in the Bluegrass State’s future any time soon. In October of last year, a federal appeals court ruled that Lexington’s... Read more
Several decades ago, the popular image of the English ticket scalper, or “tout”, described a shady character in a long raincoat and trilby, snaking his way through the hordes of soccer fans outside major stadiums, whispering to people in slang about spare tickets. Touts were believed to be loosely... Read more
THIS weekend’s Marshall-WVU football game gives West Virginians quite a bit to be proud of. Competition, school spirit and economic stimulus are but a few results that will emerge from Saturday’s showdown. There is one characteristic of the game, however, that most of the general public bemoans — ticket-scalping.... Read more
The crowds pouring into the tennis center blocked their view of the warning signs, and the print on the back of their United States Open tickets was too small for their middle-aged eyes to decipher. So when a man approached them and offered to buy their extra tickets, they... Read more