'Boss' ticket broker debacle spurs legislation

Proposed legislation in Trenton could make ticket brokers a thing of the past in New Jersey. Legislators were inundated with complaints from angry residents who felt they were shut out or ripped off

News 12 Staff

Jun 18, 2009, 11:46 PM

Updated 5,504 days ago

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Proposed legislation in Trenton could make ticket brokers a thing of the past in New Jersey.
Legislators were inundated with complaints from angry residents who felt they were shut out or ripped off by brokers reselling tickets to Bruce Springsteen's Izod Center concerts last month. Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) and Assemblyman Fred Scalera (D-Nutley) are championing those music fans and proposing tougher regulation on the secondary ticket market.
The two propose to toughen regulation in a number of ways, including guaranteeing refunds for canceled events and giving more information to concertgoers. That information would include an exact location of the ticket being sold and the total price paid for it. Performers and promoters would also be forced to disclose how many tickets are being held back.
In addition to the legislation, the attorney general's office has filed five civil suits against brokers and resellers for allegedly selling tickets they didn't have. The state is continuing to investigate if state law was violated by the number of tickets held back at the Springsteen concerts last month.


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