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    Buccaneers take a page from JP but fail

    ESPN - N.Y. attorney general thwarts attempt to sell playoff tickets only to Floridians - NFL


    Tampa Bay tried to restrict playoff tickets to be only purchased by Florida residents in an attempt to keep Giants fans from filling up the stadium.

    Ticketmaster and the Buccaneers backpedaled Thursday following a call from New York state's top lawyer.

    They initially said they'd only sell tickets for Sunday's wild-card game between the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Floridians. That policy, instituted last week after the playoff schedule was released, would have kept New Yorkers from getting seats.

    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said he contacted Ticketmaster on Thursday about potential legal problems with the prohibition. Ticketmaster agreed to eliminate the Florida residency restrictions "the same day," Cuomo said.

    "It raises issues, interstate commerce issues," the attorney general said in a phone interview. "There are constitutional prohibitions against states discriminating against other states' residents or impeding business by other states. There are possible discrimination issues."

    Ticketmaster released a statement that said the Buccaneers had asked to restrict ticket sales for the game at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium.

    "We see no legal issue with a team or venue choosing to make certain tickets available only to local residents for a particular event; however, with our client the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' permission, and as a goodwill effort, we lifted the restrictions earlier today," spokesman Joseph Freeman said in the statement.

    Cuomo said he was also concerned that the "virtually unprecedented" restrictions would lead to consumer fraud and schemes as Giants fans looked for other ways to get their hands on tickets.



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    Re: Bucaneers take a page from JP but fail

    Actually I think out of state buying really screws locals. Many states have laws against selling for a higher price in state, but not out of state, so NYers could buy up big and scalp to people out of state but not in. Although meant to protect in staters, it ends up cutting them out of the secondary market after the primary market closes (which often happens quickly). I have experienced this with Bears tickets, where an Indiana scalper can do whatever they want, but an in-stater is very restricted.

    This doesn't exactly have to do with this thread, but I hate the way ticketing agencies work.



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    Re: Bucaneers take a page from JP but fail

    They could have made them available first to season ticket or seating license holders (if they have them). Apparently if they went that way there wasn't enough interest to sell out the stadium, and if so, you reap what you sow.



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    Re: Bucaneers take a page from JP but fail

    I think that what they tried to do is much more bold than what JP did. JP made it know that if an Iowa fan wanted to see the game then he had to buy season tix. The Bucs wanted to make it nearly impossible for their oppositions fans to come to the game.



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