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A.G. Schneiderman Statement On Ticket Extender

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2017

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN STATEMENT ON TICKET EXTENDER

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement in response to the State Senate’s passage today of a straight extender of New York’s ticketing laws.

“The two house bill passed today by the State Senate does nothing to protect New Yorkers from widespread abuse in the ticketing industry.

As my office’s work on this issue makes clear, if we are serious about fixing the serious problems in the ticketing industry, we need to pass strong and comprehensive consumer protections for New Yorkers, not simply kick the can down the road and accept the status quo year after year.

Our work – including the most comprehensive report ever issued on the subject – demonstrates that ticketing is a fixed game. The straight extender passed today does nothing to change that, at the expense of everyday fans.

It’s time for the legislature to act to protect New Yorkers and pass a bill that:

Requires primary market sellers to make clear the number and locations of tickets that are actually made available to fans – and not set-aside for industry insiders;

Explicitly bans the sale of speculative tickets, because no fan should pay money for a ticket a seller doesn’t yet possess; and

Mandates transparency in resale sites so fans know whether they are buying from a professional seller and law enforcement can effectively prosecute unscrupulous resellers.

Last year, at my urging, the legislature took an important step forward in cracking down on ticket bots. But so much remains to be done – and this legislative session represents a critical opportunity to make these reforms a reality.”