Bill Would Repeal Scalping Law


Spartans on campus are getting ready for Saturday's game against Michigan. For students, Saturday can't come soon enough.

"I'm very excited. I am very energized," said Rebecca Blaxton, a Spartan Senior. "I am going to go all out and have a bunch of MSU stuff on, you know all green and stuff. It's going to be cool."

While Rebecca has a ticket to the game, She's seen other buy tickets from scalpers.

A bill moving through the House would change the way tickets to sporting events are sold. It would make scalping more profitable, allowing people to resell tickets for whatever a person will pay.

"I see this as a property rights issue--leveling the playing field," said Representative Tim Kelly, a republican from Saginaw Township. "I purchase a ticket I ought to be able to do with it what I want--whether I sell it for less than the face amount, more than the face amount, or stick it in a drawer and not attend."

The bill changes a law written in 1931, and both republicans and democrats are on board with the idea.

If the bill becomes law, not only would it affect college and professional sports, it would also affect concerts, theaters, and other events.

Still MSU officials warn, scalped tickets sometimes don't get you in the game.

"What we really emphasis to our fans is they need to be purchasing tickets directly from the ticket office or one of our authorized agents such as stub hub if they want to ensure that those tickets are going to be valid," Paul Schager, the Spartan Associate Athletics Director.

"Other entertainers have taken a more aggressive approach going to paperless tickets, paperless admissions where really only the person who buys the ticket is admitted. They use the same credit card that they used to purchase the ticket to gain admission," said Schager. "It's something others have done. We don't plan on making that the norm for the athletic department here."

MSU Police say scalping hasn't been a real issue for the thousands who attend games. Saturday's game will draw some 77,000 people--filling the stadium to capacity.

Representative Kelly doesn't anticipate the bill being voted on until next year.


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