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New York attorney general investigates NFL over ticket reselling

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New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman has concerns about the manner in which sports leagues, including the NFL, supervise the reselling of tickets. Via the Associated Press, Schneiderman is investigating whether the NFL and others have engaged in anticompetitive practices by applying “price floors” to tickets resold by fans on the NFL Ticket Exchange.

A report released Thursday by Schneiderman suggests that many NFL teams encourage or require ticket holders to use the NFL Ticket Exchange, which prohibits sellers from cutting the price below face value. This makes it harder for fans to unload tickets late in a bad season and, in turn, makes it more expensive for some fans to ever get in to see a game.

The league disputes the suggestion that use of the NFL Ticket Exchange is mandatory.

“The NFL does not require them to use the Ticket Exchange,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press. “The NFL imposes no restrictions whatsoever on any fan’s ability to buy or resell tickets on other secondary ticketing sites or to do so at any price they choose.”

It’s unclear why the league would want price floors on the resale of tickets; as long as the NFL received face value when the ticket was sold, that should be good enough. It’s possible that the league simply doesn’t want fans to get accustomed to the availability of tickets at prices below the prices applied to them by the teams.

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23 Responses to “New York attorney general investigates NFL over ticket reselling”
  1. fanofpft says: Jan 28, 2016 10:32 PM

    Some owners hold stake in ticket reselling brokerages.
    And some season ticket owners get their ownership revoked if there are found to re sell too many tickets on their own.

  2. charger383 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:11 PM

    you should be able to do what you want with your stuff

  3. 1smoothoperator says: Jan 28, 2016 11:15 PM

    So if the the NFL is found guilty will Goodell have to resign or does he get an appeal before an independent arbitrator or the same attorney General that found him guilty. Inquiring minds want to know.

  4. jvw1982 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:23 PM

    Crooks, thank God the NY AG is all over the NFL, these guys would squeeze a nickle out of 3rd grader…I am convinced that greed will kill this great sport….

  5. briguy5 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:39 PM

    That statement is a flat out LIE. I just lost my Jaguars tickets for reselling them on the 2ndary market. I’m not exactly losing any sleep over the whole thing, but still…

  6. mancave001 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:55 PM

    Goodell was generally aware of the ticket price floor. He should be suspended for four games, which 25% of his pay or roughly $9 million.

  7. demons87 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:57 PM

    The reason they wouldn’t want the tickets resold for less is that if there are tickets available for less, they would undercut any unsold team tickets.

  8. kelsey59 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:07 AM

    “The NFL does not require them to use the Ticket Exchange,” No they don’t but individual teams do. The NFL is always playing both sides to their advantage. They are as corrupt as the Olympics.

  9. j0esixpack says: Jan 29, 2016 12:11 AM

    This sounds like a policy thought up by Roget Goodell

    There’s no reason

    It’s because I said so

  10. mark0226 says: Jan 29, 2016 2:38 AM

    We have a winner. Deamons87 nailed it. If tickets are available, the team doesn’t want to be undercut with resold tickets at a cheaper price.

  11. trevor123698 says: Jan 29, 2016 3:10 AM

    “you should be able to do what you want with your stuff”

    this is the NFL dude. They’ve already ben ruled to be entertainment defined by the supreme court. which allows them to stage utcomes and storylines. You dont own that seat even if you have a ticket to it

  12. cardinalsfan20 says: Jan 29, 2016 5:24 AM

    I get the feeling that Eric Schneiderman is planning on runnimg for higher political office. So far the citizens of NY are much safer without daily fantasy and this huge ticket ptoblem.

  13. worldizending says: Jan 29, 2016 6:44 AM

    The real question here is; Is it more probable than not that Goodell was generally aware of the resale ticket policy?

  14. knowspinzone says: Jan 29, 2016 7:05 AM

    “The NFL does not require them to use the Ticket Exchange,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press. “The NFL imposes no restrictions whatsoever on any fan’s ability to buy or resell tickets on other secondary ticketing sites or to do so at any price they choose.”

    Roger is going to be pissed he said that because now that quote will be thrown in their face every time they are sued for stripping a season ticket holder of his tickets.

  15. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 29, 2016 7:17 AM

    I don’t think Jeff Pash is going to be able to wordsmith the report resulting from this investigation.

  16. phinfan says: Jan 29, 2016 7:26 AM

    Investigate why my car or house loses 1/2 its value after i purchase them first… Thats a bigger fluff of bull

  17. intrafinesse says: Jan 29, 2016 7:47 AM

    This is true, thats the NFLs desire. But what does it have to do with being able to sell your property (your tickets that you paid for) for whatever you can get.
    From the NFLs point of view, if at the last minute you can’t go, and you can’t get full price, you have to eat the entire loss.

    I hope the NY AG scares the crap out of them and they back down.

    Also, I thought you could sell tickets on StubHub for what ever you wanted, without a floor.

    >>demons87 says:
    Jan 28, 2016 11:57 PM
    The reason they wouldn’t want the tickets resold for less is that if there are tickets available for less, they would undercut any unsold team tickets.

  18. jetfan74 says: Jan 29, 2016 7:52 AM

    As an ex season ticket holder the price floor of face value is correct. The dirtiest part of it is that Ticket Exchange charges a 10% service fee to the seller, and we all know the buyer always pays a service fee. They get to double whammy each ticket sold for most likely 20% total. So just to get my $130 back I had to sell for $145 to basically break even. Is the Exchange not run by the league? Do they not get enough money on the original sale? Don’t get me started on the whole PSL thing!! $7500 down the drain.

  19. gtodriver says: Jan 29, 2016 7:55 AM

    demons87 understands the issue, Mike.

    If all the tickets were already sold – the NFL wouldn’t care what price the tickets sold for on any market.

    Not that hard to understand or figure out.

  20. km2266 says: Jan 29, 2016 8:23 AM

    “The NFL imposes no restrictions whatsoever on any fan’s ability to buy or resell tickets on other secondary ticketing sites or to do so at any price they choose” is a lie. The Giants do not prohibit resale of tickets in manners other than the NFL TicketExchange, but do threaten loss of PSL (without compensation to the owner) if tickets are sold in any manner other than the TicketExchange. Plus, tickets can not be sold below face value through the TicketExchange. There even used to be a flaw, that if you allowed the site to set the price of the tickets to “market value” and this dropped below face value, your tickets would be removed from the site without notification. This could be a hornet’s nest if the NFL doesn’t force teams to comply with local laws quickly.

  21. joe6606 says: Jan 29, 2016 8:43 AM

    Most teams will revoke your season tickets if you are found to resell them anywhere other than Ticket Exchange. That’s about as mandatory as it gets.

  22. mack2x says: Jan 29, 2016 9:18 AM

    Why does new york always feel the need to get into everyone else’s business?

  23. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says: Jan 29, 2016 10:56 AM

    I am on my team’s waiting list so I have access to their ticket exchange. They CLEARLY told me that tickets HAVE TO be sold through the exchange, or you risk losing your season ticket holder status.

    On the plus side, if you do sell through the exchange, and the buyer does something bad at the game, they get tossed off the waiting list, and there are no consequences to the season ticket holder.

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