Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A reasonable bill 

As someone who teaches sports economics, one of my favorite early stories are about ticket scalping. (My favorite is the purchase of a $75 seat cushion in front of Fenway, onto which two field box tickets were taped, because scalping in Massachusetts was illegal.) It has been that way in Minnesota for 44 years, though you can't tell that as you walk towards the Metrodome for a Twins or Vikings game, or when you visit eBay. So now comes a bill to legalize ticket reselling, and it's passed the Minnesota Senate.

Mitch gives it a 'C'. I figure any movement that gets government out of the market regulation business deserves a superior grade.

To give credit where it's due, Phyllis Kahn has added her name as a co-author to the House version of the bill.

(h/t: Phil Miller, who beat me to this one.)

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