In anticipation of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's debut at the Prudential Center, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) held a news conference today within footsteps of the venue to announce new legislation to protect concert-goers who buy tickets online. Appearing with Congressman Pascrell are New Jersey residents who have experienced difficult purchasing concert tickets online at face value.
"Bruce is pretty popular around these parts, and he's got millions of fans who would love to see the shows. But those fans are not who managed to scoop up all the seats," said Pascrell, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and House Budget Committee.b " Before this show even went on sale, sites like Stubhub and TicketNetwork had scalped tickets for this show listed for sale for hundreds of dollars. Yesterday, tickets in the lower level were listed on StubHub for over $10,000! Where does this end? How is the average guy or gal supposed to compete? Are only people who can afford a $10,000 ticket supposed to be able to see the Boss?"
Rep. Pascrell is the author of the Better Oversight of Secondary Sales and Accountability in Concert Ticketing Act, more simply known as the BOSS ACT. He introduced the legislation in 2009 after Springsteen fans were prevented from buying concert tickets online from Ticketmaster at face value. Instead, consumers were automatically redirected to a secondary ticket broker's web site where the tickets were sold at a huge mark up. The problem was later attributed to a software glitch.
In January when Bruce Springsteen announced dates for this year's "Wrecking Ball" tour, Rep. Pascrell called upon Springsteen fans to report any problems with online ticket sales to his office. This time around, Springsteen fans found that tickets were simply not available for the Springsteen shows as Ticketmaster reported extremely high traffic consistent with being flooded with requests from ticket buying computer software. After the onsale, online secondary ticket sellers had plenty of tickets available at significantly higher prices.