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SBD Global/June 28, 2013/International Football

Mexican Legislators Plan To Institute Electronic Ticketing, Combat Resale Of Printed Tickets

Representatives of Mexico's Federal District Legislative Assembly (ALDF) are preparing an initiative to attack the resale of tickets for football games and other events, according to LA AFICION. According to ALDF estimates, ticket resale in Mexico City produces 300M pesos ($23M) in illegal earnings for criminal networks. An example was the Liga MX 2013 Closing Tournament Final between América and Cruz Azul, "where tickets that were resold" netted 10M pesos ($770,000), even though many "proved to be fake." ALDF representatives are working on an initiative with a priority of eliminating printed tickets in favor of electronic tickets, aiming to "deal a direct blow to resale." The idea is to create an electronic card, "like those used by the public transportation system, with people able to electronically pay for tickets to the events they desire" Aware that "eliminating printed tickets will not eliminate resale, the legislators will also look to impose stronger sanctions against those found practicing illegal resale" (LA AFICION, 6/27).
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