by Nick Giammusso, President & CEO
Paperless ticketing is a headache and takes away the ticket holder’s control of their own investment.
Brokers and consumers are on one side of the table and primary ticket sellers such as TicketMaster/LiveNation and sports owners are on the other.
I truly feel that once a consumer purchases that ticket, they should own the right to do with it what they want. Give consumers the option to choose the method that best suits their opportunities.
I believe that’s where the government should step in.
Let’s not try to portray it as some noble attempt to protect consumers. It is far from that.
So to regulate or not regulate? That is the question. While the rest of the country watched, New York State have recently sided with consumers and implemented legislation to restrict the use of paperless tickets.
You have to wonder why any individual or organization would want to take away the liberty of being able to transfer or sell event tickets. In my opinion, team owners and players exist because of regular Fans that shell out big bucks for tickets. Shouldn’t these same Fans have the option to sell for profit or be able to transfer their seats to anyone they please with ease?