Don’t let ticket companies take a fundamental freedom in Virginia

Twenty-five years ago, Seinfeld warned us of the dangers of double-dipping. However, double-dipping is not relegated only to hors d’oeuvres and sitcoms. In the real world, Ticketmaster has perfected the double dip, reaping billions of dollars by managing events and selling tickets on the primary market.

For years, Ticketmaster has dipped into the revenues of bands and other acts via its Live Nation Entertainment Group and then dipped into the discretionary income of consumers, charging fees per ticket sale on the primary market.

Now, the company has its sights set on a new challenge: the triple dip.

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Stubhub Concourse - Positive Tickets Legislation Introduced in Virginia and Missouri

In Virginia, this legislation has quickly gained the attention of fans and media. The Richmond Times Dispatch published two articles highlighting that the bill would (link is external) “protect the right of Virginians to buy an event ticket and to give it away as they please,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice. The second article (link is external) discusses the restrictions Ticketmaster has enforced on fans buying or selling tickets. StubHub supports this common sense approach to ticket restrictions that are often deemed inconvenient, unworkable, and unfair by fans.


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Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a Washington-based trade association of e-commerce businesses and online consumers, said that while the delegate’s proposal is brief, it would protect consumers’ rights.

“When people buy an event ticket they can give that away as they please,” DelBianco said. “While the bill doesn’t prohibit (Ticketmaster) from issuing these restrictive tickets, they also have to issue a transferable ticket, giving fans a choice.”

Ticketmaster and LNE have yet to respond to Albo’s proposal, but DelBianco said the companies might not be opposed to removing the roadblocks they created eight years ago — because they can now rely on a new federal law that prohibits cyber scalpers from using bots to scoop up thousands of tickets for popular sporting events, concerts and theater performances to resell on other websites.


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“Restricted ticketing is not a surgical solution, it’s a treatment that’s worse than the disease,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a Washington-based trade association of e-commerce businesses and online consumers who share the goal of promoting convenience, choice and commerce on the net.

Albo’s measure would protect the right of Virginians to buy an event ticket and to give it away as they please, DelBianco said.


POLITICO - Morning Tech

NetChoice heralded House passage of the BOTS Act on Monday, but the group’s executive director, Steve DelBianco, wrote in a letter that “bots are just one part in a much larger conversation about ensuring that consumers enjoy the choice and convenience of an open tickets marketplace.”

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