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Red Sox Secondary Broker Has License Snafu

BOSTON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — When the Boston Red Sox announced that Ace Ticket had been selected to be the team's secondary ticket provider, they assured us that the firm was "one of the oldest and most reliable secondary ticket providers in the New England region" but now it appears as if these assurances should be taken with a proverbial grain of salt.

According to the Boston Globe, the state's online license record database showed that as of last week, all of Ace Ticket's six locations were operating with licenses that had expired in December 31st, 2007.

However, Todd Grossman, the deputy general counsel for the Department of Public Safety told the Globe that new licenses has been issued for the new locations as of March 13th.

Jim Holzman, the founder of Ace Ticket, said he believes there is a "misunderstanding of paperwork."

Under Massachusetts state law, the penalty for operating without a current license is a fine of up to $500 for the first offense and the third offense exposes unlicensed ticket resellers to additional fines and imprisonment for up to one year.

The Sox have charted their own course in regards to secondary ticketing, eschewing StubHub, the firm that every other MLB team has pacted with. Prior to the deal with Ace, the team had flirted with their own secondary ticket system on their website which allowed fans to resell tickets for games they were unable to attend.

How's the ticketing working out for Boston Red Sox fans? If you want passes for the team's first home game on April 8th, bleacher seats, which would run you 26 dollars if you acquired them from the team are listed on Ace Ticket for $249 a piece. This is a curious price difference when one considers that Massachusetts' anti-scalping laws stipulate that tickets cannot be resold for more than $2 above face value, with some consideration for additional fees. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers