Tampa, Florida – AP – After initially saying theyâd only sell tickets for Sundayâs wild-card game between the Giants and Buccaneers to Floridians, Ticketmaster and the Buccaneers backpedalled today following a call from New York stateâs top lawyer.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said he contacted Ticketmaster about potential legal problems with the prohibition. Ticketmaster agreed to eliminate the Florida residency restrictions âthe same day,â? Cuomo said.
The policy that would have kept New Yorkers from getting seats through the ubiquitous ticket vendor was instituted last week after the playoff schedule was released.
âIt raises issues, interstate commerce issues,â? the attorney general said in a phone interview. âThere are constitutional prohibitions against states discriminating against other statesâ residents or impeding business by other states. There are possible discrimination issues.â?
Ticketmaster released a statement that said the Buccaneers had asked to restrict ticket sales for the game at Tampaâs Raymond James Stadium.
âWe see no legal issue with a team or venue choosing to make certain tickets available only to local residents for a particular event; however, with our client the Tampa Bay Buccaneersâ permission, and as a goodwill effort, we lifted the restrictions earlier today,â? spokesman Joseph Freeman said in the statement.
Cuomo said he was also concerned that the âvirtually unprecedentedâ? restrictions would lead to consumer fraud and schemes as Giants fans looked for other ways to get their hands on tickets. Cuomo said New Yorkers had a particular interest in the game because the Giants are the only New York team in the NFL playoffs.
The Buccaneers did not immediately return calls for comment.