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Thursday, April 24, 2003



CRACKDOWN ON TICKET BROKERS With the Wild and Timberwolves both in the playoffs, naturally there is a high demand for tickets, creating a market for ticket scalpers. This is apparently bringing renewed enforcement at least in Minneapolis of anti-scalping laws.

I have never been a big fan of these laws, even though I have never scalped or bought a ticket from a scalper. If someone wants to buy a ticket for a higher-than-face-value price, they should be able to buy it rather than for that ticket to go to waste or the potential buyer be left out of luck. This is especially true when a lot of tickets are tied up in season tickets, and not all of the season ticket holders want to go to every single game. The arguments I've heard in favor of these laws aren't so hot, usually along the lines that ticket scalping sometimes results in other bad things, like people buying huge blocks of tickets just to scalp, but it seems like a better idea to prohibit those specific actions rather than enforce blanket prohibitions on ticket brokering. Of course, anti-scalping laws aren't really going to end scalping anyway, so maybe this isn't really that big of a deal. However, it seems like a collosal waste of law enforcement resources to enforce the laws, unless the whole point is to raise money through fines.


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