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In the latest edition of TicketNews TV, correspondent Kim Crandall looks at the new partnership between Groupon and Live Nation, reviews the progress of ticket resale legislation in Connecticut, and previews the upcoming Ticket Summit.
Daily deal site Groupon recently signed an agreement with Live Nation to sell tickets to concerts and other events. This new partnership will allow Live Nation's Ticketmaster division to move tickets using deeply discounted local deals, as Groupon does with its daily entertainment, retail and restaurant offers.
The owners of the new, as yet unnamed Winnipeg hockey team have begun selling season ticket packages in the hopes of reaching 13,000 subscribers before the end of the month.
And, team officials are hoping that Winnipeg fans will shell out what will amount to the NHL's third-highest priced tickets for the honor of watching the new team at the MTS Centre. The team will begin playing in Winnipeg next season.
A report this week by KHOU-TV in Houston focused on the secondary ticket market and the Flash Seats paperless ticketing option provided by Cleveland, OH-based Veritix.
Flash Seats, a non-restrictive paperless ticketing solution, is utilized at Houston's Toyota Center and is being touted by Veritix as an alternative to Ticketmaster's restrictive paperless tickets which are not as easily transferable.
Connecticut legislators today, April 25, withdrew a proposed ticket resale bill that would have regulated paperless ticketing in the state for the first time.
The General Assembly's General Law Committee, which had overwhelmingly approved bill last month, decided to send the bill to the state's Department of Consumer Protection for review instead of to the assembly floor.
Approximately $80,000 worth of Texas Rangers tickets were reported stolen from a Dallas ticket broker over the weekend, and now the broker is working with the team to cancel the barcodes.
David Christopherson, owner of Metro Tickets, told KTVT-TV that 2,500 tickets to dozens of the team's upcoming 2011 games were stolen from the company's office during a smash-and-grab style break-in.
A proposed ticket resale law in Minnesota has secondary ticket resellers at odds with the state's sports teams over legislating whether consumers will be allowed to easily transfer paperless tickets.
During a public hearing before Minnesota House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee Tuesday, March 1, representatives from secondary ticket exchanges and consumer groups, and reps from the Minnesota Twins, Xcel Energy Center, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Timberwolves, argued over the merits of HF0657.
This month's edition of TicketNews TV highlights the most recent Ticket Summit, where more than 500 entertainment and ticket industry professionals braved January's harsh winter weather to attend the event in New York's historic Waldorf=Astoria hotel.
In an interview with correspondent Kim Crandall, the conference's Executive Director Dr. Molly Martinez discussed why Ticket Summit has seen such impressive growth over recent years.
A new advocacy group called the Fan Freedom Project (FFP) launched Tuesday, February 22, with the mission of educating consumers, legislators, promoters, ticketing executives and others that restrictive paperless ticketing essentially violates fans rights to do whatever they want with an event ticket they bought.
The group, founded by consultant and life-long sports and live entertainment fan Jon Potter with the help of a growing list of consumer protection organizations, is not against paperless ticketing technology.
The New York Knicks, already a darling of ticket brokers due to a respectable record and the MVP-caliber exploits of Amar'e Stoudemire, added superstar Carmelo Anthony to its roster last night, February 21, and as a result ticket prices are rising significantly on the secondary market.
According to ticket price tracker TiqIQ.com, Knicks ticket prices were averaging about $217 a piece Monday night before the trade was announced, and as of this afternoon, February 22, the average price has shot up nearly $100 to $311.55.
Early sales of Taylor Swift tickets for her show at Buffalo's HSBC Arena this summer are potentially reaching four-figures.
While several dates for the popular singer-songwriter's upcoming tour appear on her official Web site, including the June 21 show at the arena, tickets have not yet gone on sale. But, several broker sites are listing Swift tickets under what is commonly known as speculative sales, and some front row, floor seat tickets are being listed for more than $1,000, according to ticket search engine FanSnap.