03 Feb Feds To Investigate Ticketmaster?
Just when you thought there was no justice in this world.
New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-8th Dist.) wants a federal investigation into Ticketmaster and some alleged shady doings with the ticket sales for two Bruce Springsteen shows at the Izod Center. According to this report, fans who tried to buy tickets online encountered error messages that prevented them from making purchases. Then they were directed to TicketsNow, a Ticketmaster resale subsidiary, where they were given the opportunity to purchase Springsteen tickets for three to four times the face value amount, in some cases, up to $4,000 a piece. The tickets were said to be “immediately” available at TicketsNow, once Ticketmaster announced the sell-out.
What? Ticketmaster scalping their own tickets? I know. Shocking, isnt’ it?
Pascrell is asking the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department to look into the matter. In a letter to the two agencies, he states, “The speed with which tickets were made available on Ticketmaster’s official resale site raises questions about whether TicketsNow brokers were given preferential treatment.”
Speaking to the press, the congressman said, “This burns me up. It’s reprehensible. There has to be a deal cooking between the two companies, Ticketmaster and TicketsNow. One has no tickets and the other is selling them at three and four times the price.”
God bless you, Mr. Pascrell. You’re doing the Lord’s work. – Dr. FC