VA Venues Voice Opposition to Pro-Touting Bill
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Several of Virginia's biggest venues, as well as promoters, ticketers and industry groups, have signed a letter opposing a bill they say empowers "out-of-state scalpers"
By Jon Chapple on 07 Feb 2017 -
A coalition of venues, ticketing companies, promoters and other music businesses have voiced their opposition to legislation before the Virginia General Assembly that would block the resale of tickets on “the internet ticketing platform of the ticket purchaser’s choice”.
House Bill 1825 – introduced last month by Virginia state delegate Dave Albo, who was unable to resell a paperless ticket to an Iron Maiden show he could no longer attend – and the sister State Bill (SB) 1425 would, if passed, provide for a fine of up to $US15,000 for anyone who issues tickets “through a delivery method that substantially prevents the ticket purchaser from lawfully reselling the ticket” online, or “penalises, discriminates against or denies admission to an event solely on the basis that the person resold a ticket or purchased a resold ticket on a specific internet ticketing platform”.
The bill is opposed by several Virginian venues, as well as organisations as diverse as Live Nation/Ticketmaster, AEG Live/AXS, independent promoter Jam Productions, ticket agency Ticketstoday and Grammys organiser The Recording Academy.
Calling themselves the ‘Virginia Sports and Entertainment Industry Coalition’, the companies have penned an open letter to William Stanley, the sponsor of SB 1425, criticising a bill they say would hurt “Virginia consumers, businesses and the Commonwealth’s [Virginia’s] economy.
The full, unedited, letter is below:
Re: Opposition to Senate Bill 1425 and House Bill 1825—
Legislation that Protects Scalpers and Out-of-State Companies to the Detriment of Virginia Fans
Dear Senator Stanley:
The following organizations write to express our strong opposition to Senate Bill 1425 and House Bill 1825—legislation that, while purportedly consumer-friendly, would only serve to benefit ticket scalpers and out- of-state companies at the expense of Virginia fans, teams and venues. Opposed are:
– AEG Live
– Broadway in Richmond
– Busch Gardens Williamsburg
– Feld Entertainment, Inc.
– Feld Motor Sports® (including Monster Jam®, Monster Energy® Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross)
– IAVM International Association of Venue Managers
– Jam Productions
– Jam Theatricals
– Jiffy Lube Live
– John Paul Jones Arena
– Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (Artist Nation, Live Nation, Ticketmaster)
– Monumental Sports & Entertainment
– Portsmouth Pavilion
– Red Light Management
– Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®
– Spectra Venue Management
– The Birchmere
– The Broadway League, Inc.
– The Recording Academy
– Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
– Water Country USA
“This is legislation promoted by scalpers who aim to limit the ability of artists, teams, venues, and promoters to determine the terms under which tickets to their events may be sold”
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