Cavs, Ticketmaster Battle Over Scalping Rights

by

2 comments
In a battle for first place in the Who Can Gouge Their Customers More Division, the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday sued Ticketmaster -- traded on the New York Stock Exchange as ANTI-CHRIST -- alleging "anti-competitive and monopolistic practices." At issue is the Cavs' Flash Seat program -- aka "scalping operation" -- which allows ticketholders to resell unused ducats through the team. Content no longer to gouge you for $30 nosebleed seats and $6 beers, the franchise is hoping to horn in on the scalping business, formerly operated by Guys on the Sidewalk. But the team faces a formidable foe in Ticketmaster, a company with a storied history of ripping off its customers. For example, four tickets to the Indians sold through Ticketmaster will run you $22.85 in "convenience charges," "order processing charges," and "international will call" charges. Though scientists have spent years attempting to decipher what these fees actually mean, they're believed to stem from the Latin phrase, "Hand over the money or we shoot the kid." According to the suit, Ticketmaster's contract precludes individual teams from entering the scalping market, since it's trying to monopolize that market itself. The Cavs believe this is way unfair. Ticketmaster responded by saying, "What did they expect when they got into business with people like us?" Reached in Heaven, a spokesman for God declined comment, other that to say both parties deserved each other. -- Pete Kotz

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.