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Baseball Fans Take a Swing at Colorado Rockies

Monday, August 26, 2013   (0 Comments)

Courthouse News Service (08/05/13) Reynolds, Sam

A federal class action suit alleges the Colorado Rockies have an illegal arrangement that prevents ticketholders from reselling game tickets online on any other service but StubHub, in violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act (CCPA). Lead plaintiff Marilyn Sweet says the baseball club only allows ticketholders to resell tickets via its official website, which is a StubHub portal. She claims the Rockies receive half of the service fees StubHub charges, and will eject fans from the stadium on game day if their tickets were purchased elsewhere. The complaint says the Rockies' resale terms and conditions are unfair to ticket purchasers by preventing them from buying or reselling their tickets "in a manner that allows them to satisfy their personal preference and maximize profitability without risking invalidation of the ticket license." Sweet says the Rockies receive about $1.50 per ticket sold on StubHub, in addition to the $50 million it makes in annual initial ticket sales. The plaintiff says baseball franchises were offered several opportunities to opt out of the Major League Baseball-StubHub partnership. The Rockies enrolled the year before the relevant section of the CCPA was enacted, but the club refused to opt out last year when the restrictions were clearly defined as unlawful, according to the suit.

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