New England Patriots Spying On Ticket Resales; Court Forces Stubhub To Hand Over Ticket Seller Names

from the privacy?-schmivacy dept

We've heard plenty of stories about organizations trying to ban the resale of tickets to events. It seems a bit silly to tell someone who bought a ticket to a concert or a sporting event that they're not allowed to resell it, but apparently some event organizers feel differently -- especially when the tickets are sold at greater than face value. The New England Patriots apparently are so adamant that people shouldn't be reselling their tickets for profit that they've convinced a court to force ticket resale marketplace StubHub to hand over the names of everyone who resold Patriots tickets for above face value. This seems like a rather large privacy violation -- and it clearly violates Stubhub's own terms of service (which is why the company fought it in court). You could understand being forced to turn over such information in a criminal lawsuit, but this is the New England Patriots requesting and getting the private info of sellers. For a team that just got into some trouble for spying on opposing teams, spying on their fans' private transactions doesn't seem like a step forward.

Filed Under: football, privacy, resale, scalping, tickets
Companies: ebay, new england patriots, stubhub


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    RandomThoughts, 19 Oct 2007 @ 5:41am

    Wow, talk about missing the boat concerning business models. The Patriots are actually doing something to help their fans and you take that as them doing something that hurts fans?

    The Patriots could raise the price of the tickets themselves if they wanted to and would still sell out their games. Of course, scalpers buy up blocks of tickets and charge much more to corporations who want to entertain business clients, but from a team standpoint, those are not the fans that buy all the other products and services (jerseys, flags, beer) or hover over the TV during away games and line the streets during a parade.

    Stubhub sells tickets owned by season ticket holders. When you buy those tickets there is a provision in the contract that states that you agree not to scalp the tickets. If they find out you do so, they will pull your ticket. The Pats have every right in "invade" their customers privacy, because information requested by the Pats was only for ticket holders that were scalping, or violating their contract.

    Why are you against the Pats protecting their fan base? Supporting scalping and copyright theft, yeah, that seems about right.

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