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Baltimore City Council Proposal Would Ease Tix-Selling Rules

Baltimore City Council Debating Bill To Relax
Ticket Reselling Laws Around Camden Yards
Baltimore City Council member James Kraft yesterday introduced a bill that would “lift a prohibition against reselling tickets within a mile of the Camden Yards sports complex,” according to John Fritze of the Baltimore SUN. Supporters “hope the measure would boost the Orioles’ lagging attendance by making it easier for ticket holders to unload their extra tickets.” The proposal “only allows sales at or below the face value of tickets — keeping the scalping of tickets in the area illegal.” But StubHub and TicketsNow spokespeople said that consumers are “increasingly wary of buying tickets on the street.” StubHub PR Dir Sean Pate: “On the street, you’re always open to a little more lack of security and a little more limitation on what you’re actually shopping for.” Orioles officials declined to comment on the proposal, but Ravens Senior VP/Public & Community Relations Kevin Byrne indicated that he does “not believe the bill would have much of an effect on ticket sales.” Byrne added, “Clearly, there is a secondary market for tickets, but we have found that most of that’s done online.” The Ravens partner with TicketsNow for secondary ticketing (Baltimore SUN, 4/17).

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