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Louisiana House Panel Clears Ticket-Scalping Bill

The Louisiana state House Commerce Committee approved a bill yesterday that would allow tickets to sporting events, concerts and other events to be “legally resold at a profit under certain conditions,” according to Jan Moller of the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE. Teams and concert venues would have to agree to allow the tickets to be resold for profit, and ticket-selling Web sites “would have to guarantee the authenticity of the ticket.” Louisiana is one of five states that “forbid tickets to be resold above face-value,” but the law is “rarely enforced, and tickets to sold-out events are readily available through out-of-state brokers or via Internet auction sites.” Attempts to lift the ban have been “rejected by the Legislature in recent years amid opposition from the [Saints] and civic leaders who say it could hurt the city’s chances of attracting marquee sporting events such as the Super Bowl or the Final Four.” State Rep. Billy Montgomery said that the Saints are “not opposed to the current bill.” Moller notes other supporters include eBay and Ticketmaster (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 5/3).

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).

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