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Ticket Scalping May Become Legal

January 25, 2000
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau

Want to sell your tickets for higher than face value? One Missouri representative is wanting to give that option to sports fans in Missouri. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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Jon Dolan of Lake St. Louis filed the bill on Tuesday. He says Rams, Cardinals, and Blues fans, as well as others, should be able to participate in ticket scalping ...

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Contents: DOLAN SAYS IN LIGHT OF THE RAMS SUCCESS AND THE SUCCESS OF BROKERAGE FIRMS ON THE INTERNET AND ELSEWHERE, MISSOURI MUST LOOK INTO THEIR CURRENT LAW.

Dolan wants each city to regulate scalping at their sporting events by licensing brokers and setting ceilings on the price they can charge.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.

By law, ticket scalpers weren't allowed at the Rams game last weekend. But, if one Missouri representative has his way, PSL holders and anyone else could scalp their tickets next year. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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Jon Dolan of Lake St. Louis says PSL holders should have the right to sell their tickets for greater than face value ...

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Contents: DOLAN WANTS TICKET-HOLDERS TO HAVE THE OPTION OF SELLING THEIR TICKETS IN ORDER TO MAKE MONEY FOR OTHER EXPENSES.

So is Dolan one of those Rams ticket holders ...

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Contents: DOLAN IS NOT A PSL HOLDER, BUT HE HAS CONSTITUANTS WHO ARE.

Right now, Dolan's bill makes few limits on scalpers. Still, he says he's open to setting price ceilings on what scalpers can charge. From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.

Currently, Missouri law says ticket-holders can't sell their tickets for higher than face value. Now, one representative is looking to change that. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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Jon Dolan of Lake St. Louis introduced the bill on Tuesday. It allows for ticket scalping to take place at all sporting events, including Rams, Blues, or Cardinals games. Something that is illegal right now ...

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Contents: DOLAN SAYS FOR SOME SPORTING EVENTS THE LOSERS ARE THOSE WHO CAN'T GET A TICKET BECAUSE THE SUPPLY ISN'T GREAT ENOUGH.

According to Dolan, the onset of ticket brokers, large-scale promotions, and internet auction sites, forces Missouri to take another look at the issue.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.

One legislator is trying to bring legal ticket scalping back to Missouri. Kyle Elfrink has that story from Jefferson City.

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Rams, Cardinals, and Blues fans could have another option when they want to get rid of some tickets. Representative Jon Dolan of Lake St. Louis, is sponsoring legislation that would legalize ticket scalping - but with limits ...

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Contents: DOLAN SAYS BROKERS SHOULD BE REGULATED AND LICENSED BY EACH CITY.

Dolan says the limits are needed to keep ticket brokers and others from becoming too powerful, keeping the true fans out of the game.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.

If the Rams make the NFC Championship next year, fans my get to meet some new people -- ticket scalpers. Kyle Elfrink has that story from Jefferson City.

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State representative Jon Dolan of Lake St. Louis has introduced a bill legalizing ticket scalping in Missouri ...

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Contents: DOLAN SAYS TICKET HOLDERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SELL THEIR TICKETS IN A FREE MARKETPLACE.

According to Dolan, limits would have to be attached to the scalping. Price ceilings and licensing are two options. Either way, Dolan is fired up over his bill - and the Rams ...

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Contents: DOLAN IS READY FOR THE SUPER BOWL AND THE PASSAGE OF HIS BILL.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.