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Courtesy of the New York Daily News:
Ticketmaster sent a list of priorities to Gov. Cuomo a day ahead of a meeting about the state’s ticket laws Thursday involving the governor’s office and representatives of the industry.
“New York should lift its antiquated ban on paperless ticketing,” Ticketmaster urged Cuomo. “This option, available to entertainers in every state in the country except New York, makes it easier for face-value tickets to get into the hands of real fans. “
The company also wants to bar re-sellers from offering tickets they don’t yet possess, end deceptive marketing by resellers, and reject a push by some to require the public disclosure of ticket inventory, which Ticketmaster says would give scalpers an unfair advantage.
“Addressing these issues would improve the ticket marketplace for fans in New York and make it easier for them to buy tickets at a fair price for their favorite events,” the Ticketmaster letter says.
Thursday’s meeting will include representatives of not just Ticketmaster, but also Live Nation, the Broadway League and re-selling sites like StubHub, Ticket Network, and Allshows.
Some had previously complained the meeting would not include any consumer advocates, state legislators, or aides to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who in 2016 released a report detailing problems within the ticket selling industry in New York. But a Cuomo aide said a Schneiderman official and several legislators, including the bill sponsors, were subsequently invited and will be in attendance.
Cuomo recently signed into law a bill to extend the current ticket law as is even after saying last year said he would not approve another extender without pro-consumer changes.
Those close to him note that the Legislature last year passed into law a bill outlawing the use of “bot” software that allows brokers to buy thousands of tickets within seconds of their going on sale.
That came after an investigation by Schneiderman highlighted hat brokers looking to offer tickets way above face value often illegally deploy “bot” software that allows them to buy thousands within seconds of their going on sale.
His investigation also found 54% of all tickets to hot concerts are set aside for industry insiders or presale customers before they are offered to the general public. Schneiderman’s office shortly before the latest extender was passed sent a letter to legislative leaders asking they make changes, including requiring ticket sellers to make public how many seats are being set aside for pre-sales and other “holds” and keeping ticket brokers from advertising tickets they don’t yet own.
New York State scrapped its anti-ticket scalping laws in 2007 and allowed tickets to be resold at whatever prices the market would support.