WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 29, 2016) – Gary Adler, Executive Director and Counsel of the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB), issued the following statement in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo signing into law legislation (S.8123/A.10713) to combat unfair and illegal ticket purchasing and reselling practices.
“When tickets go on sale, people should not be competing with ticket-hording software to make a purchase. NATB has long advocated for an open ticket marketplace free of fraud and deceit. We commend Governor Cuomo, Attorney General Schneiderman and state legislators for taking action to stop practices that harm consumers and the function of a fair and level secondary resale market for tickets. The professional resale companies that are members of NATB oppose bots as part of our Code of Ethics and we support efforts to crack down on bots. As Attorney General Schneiderman’s own investigation and report from earlier this year show, while bots are bad, they are merely one of many harmful issues at play in the overall ticketing system.”
As to those anticompetitive practices, NATB and its Protect Ticket Rights initiative (www.ProtectTicketRights.org) draw attention to efforts underway in many different forms that restrict the purchase, sale and transfer of tickets. These include:
NATB and its Protect Ticket Rights (www.ProtectTicketRights.org) initiative defend the rights of ticket buyers and sellers through a stringent Code of Ethics, legislative advocacy and in the public arena. We do so according to the values outlined in NATB’s Ticket Owner Bill of Rights. NATB brokers are professional resellers that offer a 200% refund on guaranteed tickets.
Launched in August 2016, Protect Ticket Rights has engaged tens of thousands consumers and is dedicated to protecting consumers and professional resellers right to buy, sell and transfer tickets freely in an open marketplace.
Recent articles by NATB’s Gary Adler:
Sun-Sentinel: Marlins, others need to play fair with ticket holders
Fox Business: Abusive Ticket Rules Hurt Consumers