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NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Probes Event Ticket Sales

New York's Attorney General has announced the findings of an investigation into consumer abuses in the live entertainment ticket industry.

The multi-year probe found that more half of all tickets to many popular concerts go to event "insiders" and pre-sale customers, with illegal software "bots" auto-buying thousands of tickets within seconds of their release to the public.

The investigation found that venues and ticket sellers like Ticketmaster regularly tacked on fees that added more than 21% to the face price of tickets, while third-party brokers resell tickets on sites like StubHub and TicketsNow at average margins of 49 percent above face-valuet.

AG Eric Schneiderman called for reform.  He says this investigation is just the beginning - and he announced settlements with two ticket brokers that were illegally operating without a ticket reseller license.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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