WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB), the leading organization representing ticket brokers with membership standards that promote ethical business conduct, is reminding consumers that buying tickets from authorized NATB ticket brokers is the safest way to purchase NCAA Tournament tickets from the secondary market. All NATB members offer a 200% guarantee in the event tickets are not delivered in time for a game.
"The NCAA Tournament is one of the most exciting dates on the sports calendar," said Gary Adler, NATB General Counsel and Executive Director. "It's important that March Madness fans do their due diligence to make sure that the tickets they buy are legitimate. Consumers need to know the following tips to ensure a great experience from the time they purchase a ticket to the time they sit down in the arena to watch their favorite college team in action," Adler added.
5 Tips for Safely Purchasing Tickets to NCAA Tournament Games:
- Check to see if the reseller is a member of the NATB at www.natb.org
- Know the difference between a ticket broker (legitimate and accredited reseller) and a ticket scalper (unregulated and unlicensed ticket seller).
- Check the ticket broker's refund policy. Only buy from a ticket reseller that provides clear details about the terms of the transaction.
- Always use a credit card-do not use cash.
- Always ask for section, row and seat number to avoid obstructed view seats or seats that do not exist.
Also, feel free to ask questions to make certain you get all the answers you need to feel comfortable with your ticket purchase.
If you purchase a counterfeit ticket, immediately report it to the NATB's hotline at 1-630-510-4594.
The National Association of Ticket Brokers was formed in 1994 by a group of leading ticket brokers involved in the sale of sports, concerts and theater admission tickets, for the purpose of establishing an industry-wide standard of conduct and to create ethical rules and procedures to educate the public concerning ticket-brokering services and to serve the primary goal of the NATB -- promoting consumer protection. All members of the NATB are dedicated to the principle of assuring the public that dealings with NATB members are conducted with integrity, reliability and convenience. To this end, the NATB has created procedures that permit the public to report improper and unethical conduct by ticket brokers, and to disseminate consumer protection warnings and guidelines. Through self-governance, the NATB has provided many enhanced protections for ticket-buying consumers. The NATB has worked with law enforcement agencies across the country, state and federal legislators and the NFL and other professional sports leagues and teams, to accomplish these goals, and has been vital in the NFL's fight against counterfeit and stolen tickets.
Visit www.natb.org for more information.