Tuscaloosa changes ordinance on ticket scalping

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The city council in Tuscaloosa has approved an amendment to the municipal ordinance that now requires all members of a ticket reselling business to be licensed by the city. Tuscaloosa police Capt. Rodney Gilliam told a city council committee last week that runners purchase tickets from other individuals before sporting events - primarily University of Alabama football games - and return them to the licensed reseller. The city council's vote on Tuesday means that runners as well as the re-sellers must purchase a $100 business license in order to legally operate. Officials say the city has been licensing ticket resellers, also known as scalpers, since the 1970s.