Ace Ticket Flunks Entry Exam

The secondary-ticketing company the Boston Red Sox recently announced as its official ticket reseller might not be licensed to resell tickets in Massachusetts.

New England company Ace Ticket has resold tickets at six locations across the state with expired licenses, the Boston Globe reported, citing its research through the state Department of Public Safety.

As of March 14th, Ace Ticket’s licenses were expired but it applied for new ones for its locations in Boston, Brookline, Chelmsford, Framingham and Saugus, Todd Grossman, deputy general counsel for the Department of Public Safety, said, according to the Globe.

Ace Ticket founder Jim Holzman said he believes there is a misunderstanding of the paperwork, the Globe said. He reportedly provided company accounting records that showed five payments of $250 made to the Department of Public Safety and said he didn’t know why no payment existed for the sixth location – the company’s main office in Boston.

He reportedly couldn’t provide copies of the renewed licenses to the paper because he and other employees had left the office by the time the Globe contacted him.

The Red Sox are the only major league baseball team to not choose StubHub as their resale-ticket handler. Upon announcing the deal in early March, the team heralded Ace Ticket as "one of the oldest and most reliable secondary ticket providers in the New England region."

Massachusetts’ anti-scalping law limits ticket resale at $2 above face value, but the Ace Ticket site featured tickets as high as $260 for bleacher tickets, far above face value.