When tickets go on sale, we loyal fans line up for the chance to see our favorite artists, sports teams, or events. We go online, pick up the phone or wait in line for hours to purchase tickets. But sometimes life gets in the way, and we can’t attend a highly anticipated show or the big game. If Ticketmaster and their allies have their way, we won’t be able to sell, donate, or even give away the tickets we bought and own.
No other industry operates this way in Massachusetts, because these restrictions violate some of our most fundamental consumer and property rights. There has to be a better way that doesn’t screw us fans. The Massachusetts legislature can help.
Several bills being considered this session would remove restrictions on the ticket industry, ensuring that:
1) Fans will always have a paper ticket they can give away, donate, or sell if they can’t make it to a show or game.
2) Fans will know how many tickets are going on sale, and how many are being kept away from the general public.
3) Fans will have full control of the property they purchase.
Ticketmaster and other industry allies are opposed to these efforts, because they want to protect their monopoly. It’s time to protect our rights as fans – write to the chairmen of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure and ask them to stand with fans, not industry insiders!