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Angels, StubHub battle over resold tickets

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10:07 AM ET 04.21 | Sacramento might not have a major league baseball team, but the commissioner will pay close attention to a battle there this week between the Angels and StubHub. At issue: Who owns a ticket? The Angels and StubHub are the latest combatants in a national debate over whether teams and concert venues can control what fans do with a ticket once they buy it. At stake: the $4 billion fans spend each year to buy sport and concert tickets from parties other than the original seller, according to the Sports Business Journal. The Angels this season declined to renew a partnership with StubHub and allied instead with rival Ticketmaster. The Angels charge season-seat holders 5% of the resale purchase price, with the fee split between the team and Ticketmaster, said Robert Alvarado, the Angels' vice president of marketing and ticket sales. Under last year's program, he said, season-seat holders were charged a 15% resale fee, with the proceeds split between Major League Baseball and StubHub. On Tuesday, a California Assembly committee is scheduled to hear a bill sponsored by a StubHub advocacy group and designed, according to a news release, to "prohibit [the] Angels' restrictive ticketing practices."

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April 21, 2013  10:19 AM ET

The real problem here is the fact that Stubhub is able to get a bill into committee to try to protect its monopoly on ticket resales. We have real problems in California that our Assembly should be addressing. This isn't one of them.

April 21, 2013  11:15 AM ET

Ticket master has the monopoly here. It really shows that politics have been reduced to competing corporate interests when you get past the noise and all the static. I've been saying that for years.

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April 21, 2013  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ticket master has the monopoly here. It really shows that politics have been reduced to competing corporate interests when you get past the noise and all the static. I've been saying that for years.

I'm 100% with you. If I may paraphrase David Ortiz, "%$&* Ticketmaster. "

April 21, 2013  11:51 AM ET
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Stubhub has been great for the blue collar fan, especially in the big markets

Yep... Beats haggling with scalpers.

I Went to a World Series game through StubHub. I'm cool with them.

April 21, 2013  11:51 AM ET

Sports teams should contract with one ticket broker. When that contract runs out teams have the right to contract with someone else or extend the contract with same. If contract is not renewed then that company has no right to any ticket revenues. That would eliminate the sqabble between competitors. If state legisltures have to get involved there could be three results 1: Go with a single contract rights 2: It would create a closer competition of ticket revenues. 3: It would do nothing and let teams work it out in courts if necessary.

April 21, 2013  11:53 AM ET
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Yep... Beats haggling with scalpers. I Went to a World Series game through StubHub. I'm cool with them.

Based on the snippet here, it seems like the Angels negotiated the same service from Ticketmaster at a lower fee.

April 21, 2013  12:55 PM ET
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Based on the snippet here, it seems like the Angels negotiated the same service from Ticketmaster at a lower fee.

Well - it isn't like Ticketmaster hasn't seen the light... They're the reason tickets are outrageous in the first place.

April 21, 2013  02:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ticket master has the monopoly here. It really shows that politics have been reduced to competing corporate interests when you get past the noise and all the static. I've been saying that for years.

You are just still upset that you lost Pujols.

April 21, 2013  07:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The real problem here is the fact that Stubhub is able to get a bill into committee to try to protect its monopoly on ticket resales. We have real problems in California that our Assembly should be addressing. This isn't one of them.

Aside from money/tickets problem? the halos DO have a very serious problem with their HIGHLY slugger in hamilton,,what to do what to do???the manager should move hamilton to the 7 or 8 spot in their lineup,,,should that change would benefit the team and their hitter???

April 21, 2013  07:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Based on the snippet here, it seems like the Angels negotiated the same service from Ticketmaster at a lower fee.

in the sports gozilla is about money/money,,,,

April 21, 2013  07:22 PM ET

The halos are paying the price for their over confidence in hamilton at the 4 spot,,which in reality has not been a very smart move,,,,

 
April 21, 2013  07:24 PM ET

would/should/could, Mike sciocia test hamilton patience at the 7 spot in halos lineup?? it may workout it may not workout, but you would never know if you never try it,,what say you angels manager??

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