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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Cubs Ticket Service is Not Scalping: A Cook County (IL) judge ruled yesterday that the Chicago Cubs do not violate state anti-scalping laws by selling some of the best seats in the house to Wrigley Field Premium Ticket Services, who in turn sells the tickets for a marked-up price. The Cubs defended their actions by saying that the seats came from the VIP pool reserved for players' families, the team and the league, and that the service provided tickets to fans that would otherwise not be available. The Cubs' fans, however, countered that the service drove up the price of all tickets to Cubs games. The Chicago Tribune has an article.

Attorneys for the Cubs fans worry that the ruling could cause other teams to also establish ticket brokers. By holding back the best seats, teams could drive up the cost of tickets and circumvent scalping laws. It remains to be seen, however, how courts in other states will treat the practice.


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