Will New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Tackle Alleged Unfair Ticketing Practices in the NFL?

Joseph Hanna, Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Sports and Entertainment Law Practice Group, weighed in on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s recent report over unfair practices in the event ticket industry, including the NFL Ticket Exchange, the league’s official online ticket market. Schneiderman’s report alleges that the way the NFL sells tickets potentially creates price floors, which in turn increases the costs of tickets.

Schneiderman has called for corporate and legislative changes in the ticket industry. However, altering the way tickets are sold may prove to be difficult, especially with high demand for many NFL games. His report also comes on the heels of a Third Circuit case where the court shot down a challenge to the lottery system for tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII.

As Joe asks in the article for Law360, “At some point, is the attorney general going to flex his muscle and go after ticket brokers?” Hanna said. “Or is it one of those things that at the end of the day we are grandstanding?”

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