By Steve Gill
Two pieces of legislation under consideration in Florida could either alter or protect the way the secondary ticketing market functions... one will ELIMINATE the rights of fans in the property (tickets) we buy; the other will PROTECT our right to our property. This SHOULD be an easy choice for conservatives, right?
Florida House Bill 1353 and Senate Bill 1652, which are being proposed and promoted in similar versions across the country by Ticketmaster, control what consumers do with tickets they purchase and own by letting venues (and corporations like Ticketmaster) dictate whether and how tickets can be resold – or even given away!
A recent Zogby poll shows Floridians heavily opposed to any legislation that restricts our property rights in the tickets WE purchase with OUR money. How heavily opposed? How about 76%! Yet some Republicans in the legislature (being urged forward by Ticketmaster’s lobbyists) persist in wanting to legislate winners (Ticketmaster) and losers (fans). The Ticketmaster scheme gives them a huge GOVERNMENT MANDATED advantage over competitors in the ticket resale market. This is government favoring one business over another, picking winners and losers. [more...]
It is time to put FANS FIRST, starting in Florida! Go to www.fanfreedom.org to find out more about this issue that is popping up from Tennessee to Texas to Florida and beyond.
Steve Gill is a conservative political commentator and nationally syndicated radio talk host. His website is www.gillreport.com.