The Las Vegas Golden Knights has filed a lawsuit against StubHub, claiming it owes the NHL ice hockey team almost $1.5m in playoff ticket sales.

According to the team, StubHub had “demanded” that the Knights give more fans the ability to sell their seats on its site during the playoffs. Its “ultimatum” threatened to turn the Knights’ “historic inaugural season from an experience that encouraged fan loyalty and hometown spirit into a ‘scalping’ money-grab,” the court papers say.

Stubhub was the Knights’ exclusive secondary ticketing partner this past season, team president Kerry Bubolz said Monday, Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. 

Bubolz did not clarify whether or not the team would continue using StubHub in the 2018-19 season.

“We plan to have a secondary marketplace available to our members and customers when the season starts,” he said. “We’re just not sure at this point what that’s going to be.”

District Judge Mark Denton is scheduled to consider the motion at a hearing July 23.

In March, the Vegas Golden Knights launched a programme designed to deter fans from reselling their Stanley Cup playoff tickets.

After winning a place in postseason competition, the Knights announced visiting fans were not to be allowed at any games. The Knights requested that their season ticket holders take the “Knights Vow,” through which they are banned from reselling their playoff tickets on the secondary market.

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