The Mayor of Sarnia sent a letter to the Ontario government this week, asking bureaucrats to prevent online ticket brokers to stop dramatically increasing prices to concerts and sporting events. This in response to the high price of tickets for a Bruce Springsteen concert in Toronto next year.
“I’m On Fire along with many others who have been Blinded by the Light of the greed by on-line ticket sellers stuck in the Badlands of broken dreams, heartbreak and despair,” mayor Mike Bradley joked in his letter.
He wants consumer affairs minister David Orazietti to introduce controls to reign in out-of-control prices. He has no problem with businesses making a profit, but he says the current model has moved from profit to ‘gouging’.
Now, according to CBC News HERE Mayor Bradley already has his ticket to Springsteen’s February 2 show at the Air Canada Centre. In fact, he’s been to dozens of Springsteen concerts. He said he lost count at 80.
Bradley is fighting on behalf of everybody else, those who are tired of being gouged.
Here are changes he’d like to make:
- Banning an operator’s agent from selling or conveying tickets to any secondary ticket reseller owned or controlled by the operator’s agent.
- Banning the use of “automated ticket purchasing software.”
- Making “ticket speculation” a crime.