Protest against secondary ticketing platform StubHub reaches Parliament.
Two weeks ago, the group behind the Stop StubHub campaign, together with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST), released a new statement regarding Tottenham Hotspur’s partnership with secondary ticketing platform StubHub. The data, albeit very basic and general in nature, didn’t fail to highlight the flaws the Stop StubHub campaign had highlighted before.
Findings showed that a whopping 91% of tickets sold on StubHub for Tottenham’s first six Premier League home games of the season were sold at over face value. These six games included two category A games, against West Ham and Chelsea. The average price for tickets for these two games skyrocketed to a mind-blowing 153% and 235% of face value respectively.
The Haringey Independent has been keeping an eye on the StubHub situation at Tottenham Hotspur, and has submitted 13 questions to the club regarding the club’s deal with StubHub. The club is yet to release a formal response to these questions.
Today the Evening Standard reported that members of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust will attend the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse, assembled by MP Sharon Hodgson, on February 26th. The parliamentary group aims to to tighten the regulations on the re-sale of tickets, amidst Parliament discussing possible amendments to the proposed Consumer Rights Bill.
Members of the Stop StubHub group continue to explore new avenues to get their message out there. Spurs blog and podcast The Fighting Cock has started a Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclap can be described as an online megaphone, multiplying a message across social media through the accounts of all the supporters of a certain Thunderclap campaign. With 14 days left, the Thunderclap campaign has gathered a social reach of 184,917 people.