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SBD/Issue 153/Facilities & Venues
Louisiana House Panel Clears Ticket-Scalping Bill
Published May 3, 2006
DOUBLE STANDARD? In Louisville, Gregory Hall notes Kentucky state law “bars scalping, but Churchill [Downs] takes it a step further by vowing to not sell [Kentucky] Derby tickets in the future to people who are caught.” However, when Louisville police cited jeweler Bruce Gumer for scalping on April 20 and confiscated more than 400 tickets, “he got the tickets back ... after Churchill declined to take them.” Churchill Downs Inc. President & CEO Tom Meeker would not comment on whether the track is “guilty of a double standard by not taking back the Gumer tickets.” Hall notes it is the “second scalping controversy in recent months” for Churchill Downs. In February, it “suspended promotion of a deal with TicketCity, which brokers tickets for sports events,” including the Kentucky Oaks and Derby (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 5/3).