Face the State Flashback

It’s Concert Season: Beware of Scalpers


I’ve seen my share of concerts in my day, including J. Geils at the Boston Garden when I was in high school, and the Ramones at the Cape Cod Coliseum, but back then it seemed we never worried about where our tickets came from.

Nowadays with on-line agencies it appears to be a little easier to get tickets to your favorite show, and of course, you can always resort to scalpers, which brings me to this week’s Face the State Flashback.


This Sunday, I’ve dusted off an old I-Team investigation from the 1990s that I conducted on scalping. Using a hidden camera, photographer Brian Elba and I staked out the Hartford Civic Center where there had been many complaints about people selling tickets at inflated prices and some selling counterfeit tickets, or old tickets in the hope the buyer wouldn’t check the date.


It was a fascinating assignment and in the piece you’ll see, the man selling tickets was caught scalping on our camera, and then denying it on camera a few minutes later. Classic I-Team, this Sunday at 11 AM on Face the State.


UPDATE: Watch the segment right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10195069

1 reply »

  1. May 25 – airdate of this piece – anniversary of my first ‘rock’ concert.
    1975 – Earth Wind & Fire with Jimmy Castor Bunch at Hartford Civic Center.


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