Lightning Fans Put on Ice, Paint Grim Picture for Future NHL Fans - Michigan Ticket Fairness

Lightning Fans Put on Ice, Paint Grim Picture for Future NHL Fans

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With the NHL preseason less than 3 weeks away, tensions are staring to rise in arenas all over the country – but it’s not over players on the ice, it’s over seating in the stands.

At one point in time, the Tampa Bay Lightning were the little brother getting pushed around in a league full of big brothers who showed no mercy. But now, after a legitimate playoff run last post-season, they are a force to be reckoned with. But instead of rewarding loyal season ticket holding fans that suffered through the team’s rough years, they have instead opted to punish them, turning a big playoff berth for the team into a colossal loss for fans.

To ensure that Lightning fans had first pick at the playoff tickets last season, the team blocked fans from out of state ZIP codes from even being able to purchase the tickets directly from the team on Ticket Master, but this season the Lighting are taking ticket restrictions to a whole new level. 

The Lightning recently enacted a policy to monitor and track the resale or trade of your tickets by season ticketholders. And, in the event that a season ticket holder sells the majority of account tickets, the Lightning organization reserves the right to take away their season tickets.

Just to reiterate in case you thought that was too egregious to be true:

In the event that a season ticket holder sells the majority of account tickets, the Lightning organization reserves the right to take away their season tickets.

Most people would find this idea outrageous, especially considering how much fans have to pay just to get those tickets. But surprisingly, this new control over tickets has been in the work for pro sports for over 15 years, in leagues like the NBA.

Imagine what it would be like if this new policy came to Michigan? In reality, we are closer than you may think.

One particular season Lighting ticketholder had his season tickets revoked after putting them up for resale – Army captain Paul Dhillon – who was unable to make it to the game to use his season tickets because he was training at Fort Knox in Kentucky.

What if, after fans had suffered for years, the Detroit Lions made a legitimate playoff run, and then the team decided to start reserving the right to take away fans tickets altogether in the event they can’t go to a game and have to sell a ticket?

When you purchase a ticket, it becomes your property to do whatever you want with it.

Speak up now at www.michiganticketfairness.org/votervoice

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