A New Jersey congressman is
demanding an investigation after Bruce Springsteen fans were unable
to buy tickets from Ticketmaster's Web site -- which then promptly
offered them more expensive tickets from a subsidiary it owns.
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell of Paterson wants the federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department to investigate possible conflicts of interest involving Ticketmaster and a ticket reseller it also owns called TicketsNow.
When tickets for Springsteen's Meadowlands show went on sale Monday, some fans got an error message on their computer screen that shut them out from buying tickets. They also saw an ad for TicketsNow, offering tickets for hundreds of dollars more than their face value.
A Ticketmaster spokesman says the system did not fail, and that only a small handful of potential purchasers had problems.
Copyright © 2009, Newsday Inc.
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