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"Ticketgate" Legislation Stirs Debate

Mayor, Council at odds over Nats tickets

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    A viewer sent this picture of a packed house at Nationals Park during Monday night's game.

    A D.C. Council member introduced legislation Tuesday that he hopes will settle the ongoing "Ticketgate" feud between the council and Mayor Adrian Fenty once and for all.

    At-large Council member Kwame Brown's legislation would auction off both the council's season tickets as well as the mayor's season tickets at Nationals Park.

    He's calling the legislation "The People's Stadium Fund," according to the Washington Post, and that the money would go to social and other city services.  The council may not take action on the legislation until May 5.

    This is the second season that the council and mayor have been battling over Nats tickets. Before Opening Day this year, council members discovered that Fenty had control of all tickets in both luxury boxes and that council members had to ask for access to their tickets so they could give them to constituents.

    It's uncertain how this proposal will be received by the council or by Major League Baseball, since it prohibits the second-hand selling of tickets.

    Oh, and an update on the Nationals' involvement in this from the Post:

    For the third consecutive week, the Washington Nationals (are) declining to comment on the controversy or say who it believes is the rightful owner of Suite 61.

    And if you were wondering, while the two sides of D.C. government bicker over free tickets, there were plenty of good seats still available for Monday night's game, according to the Associated Press:

    "The announced paid attendance of 12,473 set a new low for the team since it moved from Montreal to Washington. But perhaps 1,000 or so spectators actually were present to witness (Jordan) Zimmermann's first pitch in the majors after rain all afternoon and into the evening resulted in a delay at the start of 2 hours, 10 minutes."

    Should our elected officials really be battling over Nats tickets?  Does it need legislation to settle this?