Minnesota Legislation Would Allow Ticket Re-Sales
Opponents to the bill, which includes the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins, in part argue that ticket scalpers already hold an edge over fans. One concert promoter last week suggested some big name acts, such as rock star Bruce Springsteen, may refuse to play in Minnesota because they will not be able to control the price their fans pay for tickets."
To say Springsteen has no control over the price of his tickets, would be like saying OPEC has no control over the price of oil. Just like OPEC controls the supply of oil, Springsteen controls the supply of tickets to his concerts. If one Springsteen show sells out and creates a secondary market where tickets sell above face value, then The Boss can add a second, third or fourth show, or however many shows it takes to offer enough tickets to satisfy fan demand in a given area, and limit or eliminate the secondary market.
For artists like Springsteen and promoters to complain about ticket scalping is really to acknowledge their faulty under-estimation of fan demand, and the blame should therefore be directed towards them for under-supplying tickets to their performances, not towards the secondary ticket market.