Other attor­neys inter­viewed by For­tune said the same. “Public accom­mo­da­tion” law, argues Roger Abrams, a law pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, might offer one basis for a suit. As he puts it, “public accom­mo­da­tion… refers to a public enter­prise that opens its doors to the public but is pre­cluding others from ‘trading,’ that is, spending their money to buy a ticket.”

A stronger claim, in Cal­i­fornia, could be based on that state’s Unfair Com­pe­ti­tion law, which King says is “extremely broad, and one of the most consumer-​​friendly laws in the nation.” It allows a claim to be brought for any “unlawful or unfair busi­ness prac­tice.” It isn’t dif­fi­cult to imagine a fan arguing that the restricted sale is unfair busi­ness. And King says, “it is almost as murky as it sounds; courts have a lot of lat­i­tude to go into what’s fair and not.”

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