Monday, January 08, 2007

Public Safety Hearing Scheduled in Massachusetts Ticket Scalping Case

The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety is about to dive into the ticket scalping controversy.

The Department of Public Safety, which has never disciplined any of the ticket resellers it regulates, has scheduled a hearing on whether a Kenmore Square ticket agency violated the antiscalping law last August when it tried to sell a $130 Green Monster ticket for a Red Sox game for $825.

The state's antiscalping law, which dates to 1924, doesn't prohibit ticket purchases above face value, but it requires anyone in the business of reselling tickets in Massachusetts to obtain a license from Public Safety and limits markups to $2 above face value plus certain service charges.

The hearing is scheduled for March.

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