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In the meantime, the stakes involved in letting this decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals stand are too high. Many of Baltimore's museums and concert venues rely on Ticketmaster to handle their sales, and if Ticketmaster refused to do business in Baltimore, the economic impact would be large. The Orioles season is about to start, and while they rely on a Ticketmaster competitor, they, too, could be left in the lurch if this decision stands.
Mr. Stokes' bill would sunset in November, and during that time the council and Mayor Rawlings-Blake's administration should research the laws governing Ticketmaster and its competitors in other cities and states and craft legislation that protects consumers without harming those who rely on the convenience these companies provide. The city would also be wise not to lock itself into a fixed rate for ticket service fees, lest it find itself in the same situation again a few decades hence.
Some critics of Mr. Stokes' bill have complained that it's unfair to exempt large corporations from the anti-scalping law but to leave it in place for individuals. They're right about that. What's good for one should be good for the other, and the legislation the city eventually adopts should reflect that. However, it makes sense in the meantime to maintain what had been the status quo before the court ruling. Even if there is no legal limit on the fees Ticketmaster can charge, the company is limited by its agreements with Baltimore entertainment venues. That is not true of individual ticket scalpers.
Baltimore should seek to protect consumers from exorbitant ticket fees, but a law designed to cut down on post-