State Attorney General Donates Confiscated Canes Tickets To Charities
Posted June 12, 2002 2:44 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper reached a settlement Monday with Encore Tickets and Tours involving Stanley Cup finals tickets. Those tickets will be donated to local children's charities.
The tickets were recovered as the result of a lawsuit filed last week to stop corporate scalpers from selling the tickets at unlawfully inflated prices. It is against North Carolina law to re-sell a ticket for more than $3 over face value.
"We heard advertisements on the radio and in newspapers," he said. "Our consumer protection investigators went online, called these companies and clearly, they were violating North Carolina law."
Nine-year-old leukemia patient Kevin Sebring got four tickets for Monday night's game through the Make-A-Wish foundation.
"I am very, very excited. I just want to see them win," he said.
Ninety-six tickets for Saturday's Game 6 will be distributed to other children's charities around the Triangle.
Canes officials say next time, they will do more to put tickets in the hands of average hockey fans.
"Next season when the finals come back, we'll put stricter limits on the amount of tickets individuals can buy," Hurricanes president Jim Cain said. "We'll consider such things as allowing sales at the box office to get a head start on the Internet and phone centers."
The state Attorney General's office has now retrieved between 1,200 and 1,800 tickets from brokers.
Cooper's lawsuit also set a precedent for the future. The brokers are permanently banned from scalping tickets to a North Carolina sporting event.