TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – The city council in Tuscaloosa has approved an amendment to the municipal ordinance that now requires all members of a ticket reselling business to be licensed by the city.
Tuscaloosa police Capt. Rodney Gilliam told a city council committee last week that runners purchase tickets from other individuals before sporting events – primarily University of Alabama football games – and return them to the licensed reseller.
The city council’s vote on Tuesday means that runners as well as the re-sellers must purchase a $100 business license in order to legally operate.
The Tuscaloosa News reports that the licenses must be on display while the resellers are in operation.
Officials say the city has been licensing ticket resellers, also known as scalpers, since the 1970s.
Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com