Hannah mania may be the tour that forces some sort of revamping of the secondary ticket market, whether it is self-policing or legally enforced.
The question is, who's at fault? Venues, promoters and resellers all say, "Not us."
How Hannah Montana tickets disappear and then reappear on the secondary market has spurred attorneys general from three states to look into the situation.
Additionally, on Oct. 15, Ticketmaster will seek a preliminary injunction in Federal District Court in Los Angeles to stop software provider RMG Technologies from using automated programs that Ticketmaster believes provide resellers repeated access to ticketmaster.com and move these buyers to the head of the digital line.
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has announced that the state is suing three ticket resellers on charges they violated state consumer protection laws. Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he is investigating resellers in his state, as is Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett.
"Scalping's illegal in Arkansas. The [attorney general] got a lot of complaints. He's investigating, and we're helping him all we can," says Michael Marion, GM of Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.
The attention from state legal eagles speaks to the huge demand for tickets to the 54-date Hannah Montana tour, which begins Oct. 18 in St. Louis. The tour has been a rude awakening to the harsh realities of the modern concert market for an emotionally invested ticket buyer.
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