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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Ticket sellers tell Congress they’d support federal mandate to disclose all fees up front

Three of the country’s biggest ticket sellers told a congressional committee Wednesday that they would support a federal mandate to disclose “all-in” ticket prices, meaning ticketing fees would be revealed up front to fans, instead of only after a fan has entered personal information, the current industry-wide practice.

Amy Howe, Ticketmaster’s chief operating officer, told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce that the total ticket price “should be disclosed from the outset, not at the end of the purchase process” and that there should be “robust enforcement of this requirement.”

Her comments came as the committee opened hearings on practices among the nation’s largest ticketing companies that some in Congress have called anti-consumer and deceptive.

The hearing centered on three common practices: speculative ticket sales, deceptive websites and hidden fees. The practices came up in a vast majority of consumer complaints between 2012 and 2017, according to a nationwide analysis of reports to state attorneys general conducted by ESPN.

A story that may not mention baseball directly, but which is deeply relevant to all of us who attend games.

 

QLE Posted: February 27, 2020 at 12:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: tickets

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Crowd-seeking Rays come up with win-win-win free ticket plan

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition.

Trying to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field, the Rays came up with a crowd-pleasing ticket plan Wednesday.

The ``Win Pack” lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend for a total of $99. If the Rays win all four, the fan gets a voucher redeemable for a free ticket to another game.

The Veecks cannot say that they are impressed by this level of showmanship…..

 

QLE Posted: February 20, 2020 at 01:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, tickets

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Feds charge broker, ex-White Sox employees in years-long ticket scam

A prolific broker and two former Chicago White Sox employees have been charged in an alleged scheme to fraudulently sell thousands of tickets to the South Siders’ ballgames, ultimately costing the team roughly $1 million.

The broker, 34-year-old Bruce Lee, of Chicago, has been charged along with former ticket sellers James Costello, 66, and William O’Neil, 51, both of New Lenox. A 20-page indictment that became public Friday claims Lee made $868,369 by selling 34,876 tickets through the scam during the 2016 through 2019 baseball seasons.

Lee, owner of Great Tickets, faces 11 counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. Costello is charged with one count of wire fraud, and O’Neil is charged with lying to the FBI when he claimed last March he never gave Lee complimentary White Sox tickets without the team’s knowledge.

Lee and his attorney, Robert Rascia, declined to comment when reached by the Sun-Times on Friday evening. Costello and O’Neil could not be reached.

There’s something delightfully old-fashioned about this form of corruption- in certain details, it’s similar to the ticket frauds that used to be common on Broadway before the 1970s.

 

QLE Posted: February 01, 2020 at 12:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corruption, tickets, white sox

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

DC police: WV Man sold $2K in fake World Series tickets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in Washington have arrested a West Virginia man accused of selling $2,000 in fake World Series tickets.

Metropolitan D.C. police said Sunday they charged 54-year-old Ondre Nelson of Huntington, West Virginia, with first-degree fraud. The Washington Post reports Nelson sold five counterfeit tickets for $400 each to a man near the ballpark just before Friday’s third game between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.

 

 

 

QLE Posted: October 29, 2019 at 12:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: counterfeits, tickets, world series

Friday, October 25, 2019

Feds probe whether White Sox insider involved in sale of thousands of complimentary game tickets on StubHub

Even in the age of StubHub, the sheer number of tickets that one man was selling to Chicago White Sox games through the online resale forum was mind-boggling.

Over the course of three seasons from 2016 to 2018, Bruce Lee sold more than 35,000 tickets to Sox home games through StubHub, generating nearly $1 million in revenue, according to federal records unsealed this week.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Nats Ticket System Cracked

But! The team says it was able to void the ill-gotten tickets.

With standing-room tickets for the World Series at Nationals Park starting around $1,100 on Stubhub as of today—and seats behind home plate going for around $3,000—they’re the hottest tickets in town. Some were almost literally hot.

Someone apparently hacked into the Nationals’ ticketing system and made off with a bunch of tickets. But not for long. According to a Washington Nationals spokesperson: “We can confirm that fraudulent activity was detected in the ticketing system. It was discovered quickly and immediate action was taken. Any ticket that was obtained fraudulently was voided. We then reclaimed those seats and put them back into our system for fans to purchase. No personal information was breached. As you know, high-profile events such as the World Series are often targets for this type of activity.”

I wonder what happens to the fans who bought the stolen tickets who are now holding worthless “paper”?

Bote Man Posted: October 24, 2019 at 02:53 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, security, tickets

 

 

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