State Legislator wants to make buying concert tickets fairer

Bruno Mars TicketsHere’s an entertainment topic for debate today …

A Hawaiian state legislator wants to go back to the future to make buying concert tickets fairer. Sen. Donna Mercado Kim introduced a bill that would make a past practice – waiting in line for concert tickets – mandatory in her state.

SCR 37, nicknamed the Bruno Mars Act, would require that venues sell tickets only at the box office for the first 48 hours of going on sale. It follows the recent sale and swift sellout of Bruno Mars tickets that left a large number of fans, who were waiting to buy tickets outside the Neil Blasdell Center, frustrated.

Sen. Kim says it’s unfair to sell out in a few hours when the local venue can’t be part of that program.

Only six percent of the 17,000 tickets sold for three upcoming Bruno Mars concerts at the venue were purchased at the box office, while 42 percent were purchased by people out of state, according to data obtained by a Hawaiian television station.
Many of those tickets were purchased by ticket brokers with sophisticated purchasing software programs.

The bill would also affect sales of other entertainment events as well as sports.

What do you think of this proposed legislation? Would it help “real” people gain better access to tickets without going through a secondary ticket market?

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