Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tough Getting Springsteen Tickets? Congress Eyes Crackdown

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tough Getting Springsteen Tickets? Congress Eyes Crackdown

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WASHINGTON * Having a hard time getting tickets to the latest Bruce Springsteen concert or college football game? Congress is moving forward with legislation that could make it easier to score seats.

Ticket sellers and resellers including the producer of the hit Broadway show "Hamilton" testified at a Senate hearing Tuesday and endorsed congressional efforts to crack down on the use of computerized software by ticket brokers. These so-called "bots" rapidly purchase tickets for resale at significant markups.

"Bots are computerized cheaters," said Jeffrey Seller, the "Hamilton" producer and four-time Tony Award-winner. "The people who employ bots use sophisticated software that cuts the line, paralyzes the system, and holds and purchases every available seat before a human consumer has a chance. …

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