Calls for scalping crackdown after Bon Jovi fiasco
For die-hard Bon Jovi fans, news of the free concert in Central Park probably sounded like music to their ears at first. But as amNew York reported Thursday, not all ticketholders can gain entry and some tickets are being resold for more than $1,000. Now, the deal seems a lot less sweet.
City Councilman Leroy Comrie is pointing to the fiasco as further proof that his Ticket Resale Consumer Fairness bill must be passed when it is brought to the floor in the fall.
Comrie introduced the bill after fans were unable to buy tickets to see Hannah Montana earlier this year. The bill would make it mandatory for any venue that gets public funding to reserve at least 40 percent of its tickets for sale to individuals, rather than larger companies that can resell the tickets at a higher price.
"I am confident that our city can find some recourse to level the playing field and afford the average consumer an opportunity to see an event that doesn't require going without lights and gas for a month," Comrie said in a statement.