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 @ 8:06am

    Vincent, I know people who have had season tickets to the Giants for many many years. They get passed through generations. Season ticket rights are battled over in divorce cases. If you don't think season tickets (at least some) go to rabid fans, you are either kidding yourself or you don't know the sports industry.

    Inefficient? You want inefficient, don't sell tickets an hour before the event. Not only would that be inefficient, that would be dangerous.

    As for supply and demand, I am not a Pats fan, but I doubt their demand can get any higher than it already is (and will even grow if the Red Sox lose another game) so they could sell their tickets for pretty much anything they want. I think the Pats administration knows a few things about their industry and what would damage their relationship with the customer. Obviously they thought that customers using Stubhub isn't good for the overall fan base.

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