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'You buy it, you own it' ticket legislation fails in Sacramento

April 23, 2013|By Bill Shaikin
  • A fan has his ticket scanned as he enters the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, before the Angels play the Rangers on opening day.
A fan has his ticket scanned as he enters the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas,… (Ben Noey Jr. / McClatchy-Tribune )

Legislation that would have outlawed restrictions on the resale of sports and concert tickets was killed by a California Assembly committee Tuesday.

The bill, backed by StubHub, would have granted fans ownership of whatever ticket they buy. StubHub and its allies argued that a team was no different than a car dealer — once you buy a commodity, you should be allowed to resell it whenever and however you liked.

The Angels aligned with other teams and venues in opposing the bill, arguing that it would help StubHub and other ticket resellers buy blocks of tickets and sell them above face value.

The Angels also claimed StubHub and other ticket resellers do not properly guard against fraudulent or duplicate tickets posted for sale, leaving purchasers out of luck when they arrive at an event with an invalid ticket.

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