The Fairness In Ticketing Act gets a study committee, which may push it to next year:
The “Fairness in Ticketing Act,” filed by two East Tennessee Republicans, would require secondary ticket brokers to register with the state, post their refund policies and disclose a ticket’s face value to would-be buyers, among other provisions.
“This is aimed squarely at the bad actors who cut in line (to buy tickets) and drive up the price for everyone else,” said Rep. Ryan Haynes of Knoxville, the bill’s House sponsor. Sen. Mike Faulk of Kingsport filed the Senate version.
A statewide coalition of venues, sports teams, ticket sellers, promoters and performers is pushing for the changes, but critics say the group is acting in its own self-interest.
Ted Welch has weighed in on the recently filed state bill that would tighten ownership guidelines for concert and sporting event ticket buyers. The Fairness in Ticketing Act of 2012, he says, stands to hurt fans and venues alike.
This bill has a few provisions that would benefit fans, but its real impact will be to guarantee that Ticketmaster and its event-producing and sports team partners have all the power over ticket distribution, even AFTER we pay for our tickets. More than half of the sports and entertainment season ticket buyers are businesses and professional firms. How many more tickets would go to waste if those entities saw their freedom to distribute tickets taken away?