StubHub. Some of you might not
care. Some of you might have had some success with purchasing tickets
from there for a price not that far off from what you'd pay if you got
it via Spurs. You might have got your money back for a ticket for a game
you couldn't get to. However, the reality is, there is no tight control
over what any given supporter can ask for a ticket, category A or
otherwise. It can encourage supporters to seek out selling tickets for
profit. You might argue that this is down to the person wanting to sell
and the person willing to buy. But the fact is, the system caters for
those that wish to seek high margins. It's fundamentally wrong.
Along with some Tottenham websites, blogs and writers and the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust, we've all come together and co-signed the campaign so that we can force the club to listen. By reacting to this, we hope they react with a more definitive response.
Please read this statement. If you don't agree, that's fine, let me know why. If you do, there's a link to a petition below it.
We are Tottenham Hotspur supporters who believe the club’s deal with StubHub is not in the best interests of fans buying or selling tickets, and has serious implications for football supporters in general.
With a growing backlash against ticket pricing at the top level of the English game, a deal which best serves the interests of those wishing to make a profit from their fellow fans damages the reputation of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (THFC).
The way StubHub works is intrinsically against the best interests of supporters. The absence of restrictions on pricing has led, in some cases, to tickets being listed at up to 1,000% of face value. The average list price for a ticket on StubHub vastly outweighs the ticket’s face value. THFC and StubHub actively encourage supporters to list tickets at high prices, emphasising the seller’s freedom to determine a ticket’s list price is a benefit in publicity for the service.
We would like to have seen an upper pricing limit introduced, in line with MP Sharon Hodgson’s attempt to introduce legislation in Parliament to restrict the resale of tickets to 10% above face value. THFC has an ideal opportunity to set an example by aligning itself with this initiative, therefore gaining respect and goodwill.
We note that secondary ticket agencies have been described as “legalised touts” by Malcolm Clarke, the chair of the Football Supporters Federation. Furthermore, we note that the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust has called for tickets to be sold at face value.
After the Swansea game, the first game for which tickets had changed hands via StubHub, we received reports of supporters having to wait for over an hour at the StubHub pick-up point, with some missing up to 35 minutes of the first half because they were still waiting to be handed their tickets.
We have concerns about the effect this deal has on the value of existing membership schemes because of the number of tickets that will be made available to members. We also have concerns about a number of security issues.
We believe the club’s deal with StubHub should be terminated at the earliest possible opportunity. It should be replaced with a scheme in which the club buys back and sells tickets at face value, possibly through an existing ethical ticket exchange. We would also like to see resale to existing club members prioritised.
We would like to see THFC work with fans’ organisations and other clubs to create an ethical, fair and safe secondary ticketing system, possibly looking to shape legislation to regulate the market.
This deal was
agreed without consulting the supporters it directly affects, and has been
implemented without their consent. Such actions undermine the efforts of
everyone trying to build a constructive dialogue between the club and its fans.
We therefore ask that, in future, proper consultation – which means more than
informing fans after the event – takes place over any measure that directly
Total Tottenham website
The Fighting Cock website
Dear Mr Levy website
Alan Fisher – Tottenham on my Mind
Mel Gomes @ The Substantive website
Chris Miller from WindyCOYS website
Martin Cloake, author and fan
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