Posted in industry | music on June 2, 2009

School House Rock bill

"Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8th Dist.) will announce federal legislation intended to overhaul the concert ticket industry and improve fans' chances of scoring tickets to their favorite acts.

The BOSS ACT (Better Oversight of Secondary Sales and Accountability in Concert Ticketing) [which is a clever acronym based on Bruce Springsteen's nickname] will require primary ticket sellers to disclose the number of tickets available for sale to the public and the number held back for fan clubs, presales and artist allocations, Pascrell told The Star-Ledger.

The bill would also prohibit brokers from purchasing tickets during the first 48 hours of the primary sale. It also makes it illegal for any primary ticket seller, promoter, artist or their employees to resell tickets to events they are involved in at more than their face value." [The Star Ledger]

Chuck Schumer is also introducing similar legislation, and the NY Times posted some thoughts on that.

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Comments (21)

Sounds good in theory. I am sure the brokers though will come up with creative ways to come up with a loophole or other way to circumvent the rules... If it does work it will be great!

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 10:49 AM

Good luck trying to enforce that 48 hour rule...

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 11:01 AM

48 hours? That's serious overkill. The idea should be to prevent situations where fans don't have a chance to buy the tickets in the first place.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 11:12 AM

if this works it will be amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 11:21 AM

This will never go through. Even if it did, it would never work. Politicians wasting time and acting like they're doing something as usual.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 11:54 AM

i can't wait to see Schumer crushing out some air guitar front row of the Springsteen show. Yo Chuck, pass that sheet over here man....

Posted by doomer | June 2, 2009 12:04 PM

I would love for this to pass. I mean hell make it so scaplers can't buy tickets until an hour after the go on sale to the general public. I just don't want shows to sell out in one minute because 50% of the buys are scalpers. Although how can you enforce who buys tickets. Scaplers can just buy right away and wait a few days to put them up for resale.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 12:16 PM

Brokers aren't the ones actually buying the tickets a lot of the times. It is there workers, hired hands etc who buy the tickets, wait in lines, etc in addition to brokers connections..

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 12:18 PM

how would they be able to discern who 'brokers' are?

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 12:43 PM

Sometimes the fans are the scalpers.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 12:52 PM

I say get rid of online and phone ticket sales altogether. Let's go back to the good old days where we have to sleep outside the venue box office or record store.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 1:14 PM

now there's trouble bustlin' in from out of state, and the DA can't get no relief. gonna be a rumble out on the promenade and the scalping commissioer is hanging on by the skin of his teeth.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 1:20 PM

I don't see how disclosure and banning brokers will magically solve this so-called problem of ticket pricing. If a broker wished to purchase tickets, there will be a way found for it to happen whether there is a 48 hour grace period to do so.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 1:25 PM

I think the problem is that a lot of the brokers are on the inside and get the tickets before they go on general sale.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 2:26 PM

"I think the problem is that a lot of the brokers are on the inside and get the tickets before they go on general sale."

-You are stupid. Plain and simple.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 5:50 PM

I just dig the picture from Schoolhouse Rock. Just sayin'

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 6:48 PM

It's either:

1. this deal

2. the current deal

3. going back to the 70s-80s model where you camped out for tickets at a Ticketron location (usually a record store) all night and waited for the place to open in the morning. First in line got first choice of seats.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 6:55 PM

"I'm just a Parliament butt..."

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 6:56 PM

5:50,

No, that dude is right. Most brokers have deals with venues and/or artists and their management in order to give the artist/venue/promoter a kick-back of the secondary sale. Haven't you been paying attention to the news? Bands now scalp THEIR OWN tickets.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 10:22 PM

Season tickets can cost $5,000, $10,000, $12,000 or more due to the fact that you are buying the same Concert Tickets Online for every show at that theatre.

Posted by Ticket online | June 19, 2009 7:28 AM

Thanks for mentioning The Asteroid #4!

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 1:24 PM

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