UT student group speaks out against anti-scalping legislation

UT student group speaks out against anti-scalping legislation

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"We want to be able to, if we get sick or can't go to games, be able to sell them to other people and not have to come and show our ID and be there," said Mays. "We want to be able to, if we get sick or can't go to games, be able to sell them to other people and not have to come and show our ID and be there," said Mays.
"We are going to have to put a little work into the bill to see how we deal with transferability and we are willing to do that," said Rep. Haynes. "We are going to have to put a little work into the bill to see how we deal with transferability and we are willing to do that," said Rep. Haynes.
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By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - One local lawmaker is trying to keep the ticket prices down, but not everyone agrees with the proposed legislation, which takes aim at scalpers.

Vol football fans are getting ready for Saturday's big game, but during their tailgate party they may get a visit from UT senior Logan Mays.

"Me and a few friends, we go from tailgate to tailgate educating people what's happening in legislature," said Mays.

She's a supporter of the Fan Freedom Project, a consumer education and advocacy organization funded partly by secondary ticket site Stub Hub.

The president of the group, Jon Potter, said the Fairness in Ticketing Act takes rights away from ticket holders, not scalpers.

"The concert industry talks about scalping. The sports industry likes to talk about high prices, but the fact is the sports industry tries to stop fans from selling tickets below face value because they are still trying to sell tickets at face value," said Potter.

State Representative Ryan Haynes disagrees. He's the sponsor of the bill and said it's aimed at stopping scalpers from buying up most of the tickets and then jacking up ticket prices.

"Artists and venues are concerned. They are looking out for their fans. They are wanting to make sure they can get tickets when they go on sell and they want to make sure that they can get them at a reasonable price that they set them at," said Rep. Haynes.

He said the bill reinforces the right of the artists and the venue to issue paperless tickets if they choose, making it almost impossible for scalpers to buy large amounts to resell.

But Mays has concerns.

"I attend UT football games. My family has season tickets. We want to be able to, if we get sick or can't go to games, be able to sell them to other people and not have to come and show our ID and be there," said Mays.

"We are going to have to put a little work into the bill to see how we deal with transferability and we are willing to do that," said Rep. Haynes.

Mays agrees that people should not be allowed to buy a large amount of tickets and sell them at higher than face value, but she doesn't think that more legislation is the answer to controlling these unscrupulous scalpers.

"There's already an existing anti-bot law and I think we should focus on that and not focus on taking away our rights as ticket holders," said Mays.

The president of the Fan Freedom Project wants the already existing bot law to be enforced.

People sometimes use bot software to illegally get around security and buy most of the event tickets as soon as they go on sell.

Representative Haynes said issues, questions and concerns about the bill will be addressed during a November study meeting.

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