Tickets still on sale for Tigers playoffs - Michigan Ticket Fairness

Tickets still on sale for Tigers playoffs

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Despite the Detroit Tigers clinching the American League Central Division on the final day of the regular season and solidifying their first round playoff matchup, tickets for the team’s first, and potentially only, home game still remain available 12 days after going on sale to the public.

Quick sellouts are one reason Ticketmaster points to a need for paperless ticketing that would restrict resale to Ticketmaster-official marketplaces. The big ticket company wants us to believe that all affordable tickets for “true fans” are gone before they even get a chance to purchase them. Yet 12 days later, seats priced as low as $45 are still available.

Fans who want to act against unfair consumer practices like paperless ticketing and the protections it puts in place for Ticketmaster’s potential secondary-market monopoly can easily contact their legislators here.

2014 marks the fourth consecutive season that the Tigers were able to secure the AL Central and book a spot in the American League Divisional Series. For tickets to last this long, however, is something new for the team.

When the four-year streak began in 2011, home tickets for the ALDS sold out in less than one hour.

Uncertainty about the team’s playoff starting point likely plays a factor here, as the 2011 team was the first in the Majors to clinch their division and a subsequent playoff spot. That year was also the first time the Tigers had won the AL Central since joining the division in 1998.

The 2014 team left fans wondering about where their Tigers would be playing in the postseason for much longer.

While fans in 2011 may have just been more excited about that version of the Tigers, certain incentives have an effect on when fans are buying tickets as well.

For one, the Tigers are only guaranteed one playoff home game as the Baltimore Orioles hold home field advantage in the second round best-of-five series.

Increased prices are likely affecting sales as well. The average retail price for a Tigers’ ALDS ticket is approximately $70.50, according to TiqIq; though the true figure is unavailable.

While Ticketmaster has suggested that scalpers buy up all the tickets to an event early in order to drive up prices in the secondary market, the Tigers’ ALDS series seems to tell a different story.

Not only are tickets still available for sale 12 days following the public release, but they are all tickets priced $90 and below at face value for game three. Those are exactly the type of affordable tickets that Ticketmaster argues are bought up quickly before fans get a chance to purchase at retail prices. Could it be that they care more about their ticket reselling monopoly than what actually is best for fans?

Contact your legislators today to fight back against the big ticket companies that stand between fans like us and the free market. Michigan’s unfair ticket laws today carve out a monopoly for companies like StubHub and Ticketmaster – and that’s just not fair. Together, we can change it.

            

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published this page in Updates 2014-10-01 12:47:52 -0400
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