Bruce Springsteen inspires new concert ticket law to combat scalpers

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New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen is a well known activist for causes close to his heart, and now he’s inspired legislation that his fans will surely appreciate. U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell of Paterson introduced the BOSS Act (Better Oversight of Secondary Sales and Accountability in Concert Ticketing), to try to scale back the rampant scalping that happens when popular shows such as Springsteen’s go on sale.

“Like many of my constituents in Northern New Jersey and music fans from across the United States, I was excited to learn that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band would be embarking on a concert tour early next year. However, I was disappointed to learn that days before tickets are set to go on sale to the general public, thousands of seats for these tour dates had already gone on sale on ticket reselling websites,” the Democrat who represents the 9th District wrote on his website.

As Pascrell told NJ.com of the need for this legislation, “It is not too much to require that Ticketmaster tells customers how many seats are going on sale, and what fees they are going to be charged, before they place an order. Fans deserve a chance to purchase tickets before secondary sellers or bots can jump to the front of the line.”

Frustration with scalpers has led to action by other musicians and politicians determined to give concertgoers a fair shake. The New York State Senate passed legislation this week that would “criminalize automated ticket-buying software.” Adele, who recently had a sweet moment with Bruce in Portugal, tried to put a stop to scalpers on her sold-out U.S. tour this year by having her representatives refund purchases made by those who seemed to be brokers or scalpers.