Blackburn bill cracks down on deceptive ticket scalpers

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – ( Congressman Marsha Blackburn, 7th District Republican from Tennessee, is moving forward with legislation to prevent scalpers from taking advantage of computer hacking software to buy mass quantities of tickets and sell them at higher rates to consumers.

The legislation from Blackburn, is part of a larger package of bills aimed at overhauling outdated Federal regulations and reforming the Federal Trade Commission. Along with other lawmakers Blackburn has introduced the Better On-Line Ticket Sales Act of 2016, also known as the BOTS bill.

Blackburn says she has heard from artists, venues and vendors that when a concert or event is announced and the tickets go on sale they are being snatched up the very second they go on sale. The process is primarily being done by BOTS, an online software that scoops up the tickets.

Those tickets are then being sold on the open market for much more than was paid for the original price of the ticket. Blackburn added that these are not individuals or groups that are buying the tickets, it is a computer program from people who make it their business to resell the tickets at an inflated price.

In a recent interview with, Blackburn talked about buying tickets from scalpers. “Let’s say a ticket sells for $50. By the time you buy it on the street you’re paying $300. So you’ve spent $250 that you really ought not to have been spending in order to get that ticket,” said Blackburn.

Speaking to Congress Blackburn said “This is important to many of my constituents who are in Tennessee, who are concert performers and entertainers. What this bill do is simply disallow the use of some of this hacking software that you see scalpers use,” Blackburn said.