Ask Congress To Help Fight Ticket Scalping
The ticket market is a rigged game. Moments after tickets are made available, ticket brokers use ticket bots to scoop up many of the tickets and then resell them at outrageous prices. Making matters worse, ticket companies often put fewer than half the tickets up for sale to the public.
Congress is finally acting, but what they are proposing is not enough. The BOTS Act, the bill introduced to combat ticket scalping, is being backed by industry insiders who don't want fans to know how tickets are really sold and allocated. We need fans to make their voices heard so that the new law will include language that will actually be effective in fighting ticket scalping.
We are asking for 2 key provisions to be added to the law: (1) Make it illegal for individual employees of venues, artists, and ticket sellers involved in an event to resell tickets above face value; and (2) Require ticket companies to disclose on their website, within 30 days after each event, the number of tickets that were offered to the public during the on-sale and the number of tickets that were held back for insiders or made available during pre-sales.
These two additional provisions will make a huge impact and keep event producers honest about how tickets are sold. But ticket sellers oppose them and we need fans to let Congress know that we demand a better bill to help protect fans from unfair ticketing practices. You can make a huge difference right now by signing and sharing this petition asking Congress to require ticket companies to disclose more about how tickets are sold.
Ticket scalping has made it nearly impossible for fans like me to purchase tickets from a primary ticketing source at the advertised price ("face value").
It is clear that ticketing companies and event producers are not acting or doing enough to prevent brokers from getting their hands on the best tickets and then reselling them at absurdly inflated prices. We want Congress to act now!
Making the use of BOTS illegal is a good step, but would not do nearly enough to stop scalpers. Most studies have shown that more than half of all tickets are not sold to the public when they go on sale, so stopping purchases from BOTS during those public sales will do little to make more tickets available to consumers.
We need to make it illegal for insiders to scalp tickets and require ticketing companies to disclose how many tickets actually go on sale to the public. This will keep insiders honest and ensure that a maximum number of tickets are allocated for sale to the public.
We ask you to include the following provisions to The BOTS Act to ensure consumers get a fair shot and that ticket sellers act in the best interests of consumers:
Insider Ticket Allocations – It shall be unlawful for an individual employee of any venue, primary ticket seller, team, artists, resale marketplace, or box office that is involved in hosting, promoting, performing in, or selling tickets, to resell a ticket if such resale –
(1) is for a higher price than face value of the ticket; or
(2) is made to any third party and the employee has actual knowledge, or knowledge fairly implied on the basis of objective circumstances, that the third party intends to sell the ticket for a higher price than face value of the ticket.
Ticket Sales Distribution – Not later than 30 days after each event where tickets have been sold to the public, the primary ticket seller must disclose on the website of such primary ticket seller –
(1) the total number of primary tickets that were offered for sale by such primary ticket seller, including the number of tickets that were offered in any pre-sales and the number of tickets offered during the public on-sale; and
(2) the total number and distribution method of all tickets that were not made available for sale to the general public, the distribution of which is the responsibility of that primary ticket seller.
Thank you for your consideration and for standing up for fans!
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