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Fan Freedom Project Applauds Advancement of New Jersey Fans’ Rights Legislation
(Trenton, NJ, June 18, 2012) – Fan Freedom Project (FFP) President Jon Potter today issued the following statement regarding the New Jersey Assembly vote advancing A2258, legislation that protects fans’ rights to share and sell live event tickets and prevents unscrupulous ticket brokers from using anti-consumer automated ticket-purchasing software, also known as “bots” that enable brokers to grab the best tickets. The bill passed the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee today and also was heard for discussion before the Senate Commerce Committee.
“We commend Senators Raymond Lesniak and Robert Singer and Assemblyman Vincent Prieto for leading on this issue, and applaud the members of the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee for advancing this important piece of legislation to protect fan’s rights.
“We believe that we own the tickets we buy, and that ownership rights include the freedom and choice to share, give away or re-sell our tickets as we choose, and that consumers deserve the knowledge necessary to make informed choices and fair-access to tickets for their favorite shows. Simply put, fans deserve better than being shut out of their favorite concerts because bots grab all the best tickets in seconds or losing the hundreds of dollars they spent on tickets because their plans change and they can no longer attend a game or show.
“The release of these bills from committee is the first step in ensuring that New Jersey fans continue to own their tickets, have access to some of best seats in the house and gain the knowledge to make informed decision about ticket purchases. We now call on leadership in the Assembly and Senate to quickly approve this legislation on behalf of the Garden State’s music and sports fans, and send it to the Governor to become law.”
About Fan Freedom Project
Launched in February, 2011, the Fan Freedom Project is supported by more than 100,000 live event fans and more than 3,000 fans in New Jersey, and is backed by leading consumer and business organizations such as the National Consumers League, Consumer Action, the Consumers League of New Jersey, the American Conservative Union, the Commerce and Industry Association of NJ, the Counties of Union and Bergen, the Borough of East Rutherford, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce, Greater Edison Chamber of Commerce, the Institute for Liberty, and the League of Fans.