Repealing Michigan's rarely enforced ban against scalping tickets is, on its face, an effort to help out the average customer looking to sell a few unused tickets to a game or concert.
But it's also a high-stakes financial tussle--one between venue owners like pro sports teams and brokers who resell their tickets on the internet. So far, the brokers are winning in Lansing.
The Republican-led House voted this week to legalize ticket scalping. Entertainment venues are hoping to block the bill in the GOP-controlled Senate. Selling a ticket above face value is a misdemeanor that can lead to jail time and a fine. Supporters say letting people buy and resell tickets freely would help consumers. Opponents say the legislation would lead to higher prices in the resale market.