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Tennessee moving to crack down on counterfeit tickets

By Laura Halm
Published On: Feb 08 2013 05:04:13 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 18 2013 05:12:44 PM CST

There's a move to crack down on counterfeit tickets.

BRISTOL, Tenn. -

There's a move to crack down on counterfeit tickets. Tennessee state leaders want to make sure before you pay for a ticket to a game, concert, or show, you're getting what you paid for.

A map of seats for the Third Day concert at Freedom Hall in Johnson City shows a few rows of purple seating. But those seats aren't seats at all; they're being saved for production to set up.

But box office manager Bobbie Shirley says she's noticed a big problem that's surfaced online. "This person here is trying to sell these tickets and they're selling bogus tickets, or trying to sell tickets that don't even exist," she explained.

Tennessee state leaders are fighting fake tickets with newly-proposed legislation called the Fairness in Ticketing Act. "Scalpers have used robots, little computer programs, to buy up all those tickets then they take those tickets that may have been $25 [to sell] and suddenly they're $80,  $90, $200," said State Representative John Lundberg.

Representative Lundberg says this legislation will essentially add more transparency on ticket resale websites for shoppers. "You're going to have to identify how much the original ticket price, face value of the ticket was, and if you've got that ticket you're going to have to show exactly where that seat is," he said.

Over at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kevin Triplett with BMS says this simple set of rules will help fans before they even get to the gates. "If there's an issue with that ticket at the race, that vendor isn't going to be there to help. That's going to fall on us and we're willing to do that, but this legislation will help from the beginning," he said.

We've learned the Fairness in Ticketing Act will also monitor people buying excessive amounts of tickets.