The threat of ‘blacklisting’

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  • February 10, 2015

While we firmly believe that people should be allowed to do what they want with tickets, the threat to fans from some of the measures proposed by peers and event organisers is far more severe than just being stuck with a ticket you can’t sell.

At Fan Freedom UK, we understand that fans who have tried to sell their tickets legitimately on the secondary market have been blacklisted by sporting organisations – the practice whereby people caught trying to sell their tickets via the internet have been banned from ever buying tickets from that particular provider ever again. This can hit fans hard, especially if they suddenly can’t see their favourite team play ever again – a situation that has happened to many people we’ve spoken to.

Event organisers and sporting bodies are lobbying for proposals which would make it far easier for sporting organisations to identify fans who are trying to sell their tickets, as they’d suddenly be under an obligation to divulge far more information than they do currently. This could include their name, seat number and booking reference number – something that many people would identify as a massive breach of privacy.

Many of you will only have heard of this practice for the first time, but others may know somebody who has already been blacklisted for just trying to sell an unwanted ticket. It may even have happened to you. If this is the case, and you’d like to share your story, please get in touch with George at george@fanfreedom.org.uk.