Oklahoma City Council considers modified ticket scalping ordinance

The Oklahoma City Council is considering modifying the city's anti-ticket scalping ordinance. The proposed changes would allow people to charge up to $20 above the face value for a ticket, provide a scalper-free buffer around arenas and officially legitimize ticket exchange services.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: March 1, 2012

The Oklahoma City Council is considering modifications to the city's 31-year-old anti-ticket scalping ordinance, but some council members are concerned about over-regulating a one-on-one business transaction.

The modified proposed ordinance, introduced at this week's council meeting before a public hearing Tuesday and potential vote on March 13, would raise the price someone can charge for a ticket to $20 above face value from the current 50 cents. It also creates a 500-foot buffer around venues where scalpers can't sell tickets, and would officially recognize legitimate resale outlets, like the Thunder's season ticket exchange program, that are already in use.

The city's current anti-scalping law dates to 1981, and only provisions regarding fines and penalties have been updated since then. City Manager Jim Couch called the current ordinance outdated in a memo to the council, noting that mailing expenses and other charges mean sellers who abide by current city rules often lose money on the transactions.

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