“Ticketmaster Debuts New NHL Fan Resale Ticket Service On NHL.com”
NEW YORK and WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) November 14, 2008 — The National Hockey League (NHL) and Ticketmaster, a division of Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc, today announced the launch of the NHL’s first-ever resale ticket service on NHL.com Ticketmaster.com, and TicketsNow.com. This new service enables fans to buy or resell tickets to NHL games through a convenient, fan-friendly, league-endorsed website.
— The new program on NHL.com, developed by Ticketmaster, the “Official Resale Ticket Provider of the NHL,” will allow for the exchange of tickets for all regular season games, the NHL Winter Classic 2009, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Stanley Cup Final. The program provides fans unable to attend a game with a proven channel to sell their tickets to other fans looking to buy or upgrade their seats.
— Ticket holders seeking to sell tickets through NHL.com can do so in the dependable and convenient domain of the official ticket exchange. The ticket resale service provides fans the opportunity to find and buy tickets in a fan-friendly and secure environment. It also enables ticket buyers to electronically validate the resold tickets at the time of purchase.
— Fans seeking tickets may go to the site to view and purchase tickets offered for games that might be sold out, or to obtain a ticket located in a specific seating section that might not otherwise be available.
— This is the latest exchange announced and deployed by Ticketmaster for fans of major sports leagues. In addition to the NHL, Ticketmaster is the official resale partner of both the NFL and the NBA.
“Fresh off the news that the NHL is pacing ahead in attendance, it’s apparent that hockey continues to be a hot ticket,” said Susan Cohig, NHL senior vice president club services and consulting. “Given that strong demand, we are thrilled to have partnered with a leader in the ticket-selling industry to provide a new option for fans that is a secure and reliable way to buy and resell NHL tickets.”
“At Ticketmaster, we’re excited to provide NHL fans with the safe and easy way to buy and sell tickets for the regular season through to the Stanley Cup Final,” said Eric Korman, president, Ticketmaster. “As the official resale provider to the NHL, Ticketmaster.com and TicketsNow.com, are the fan-friendly platforms that make it happen.”
About the NHL
The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major professional team sports leagues in North America. Today, the NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters. According to a Simmons Market Research study, NHL fans are younger, more educated, more affluent, and access content through digital means more than any other sport. The NHL entertains more than 100 million fans each season in-arena and through its partners in national television (VERSUS, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, RIS, NASN, ASN and NHL Network) and radio (NHL Radio, Sirius XM Radio and XM Canada). Through the NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer and NHL Youth Development, and supports the charitable efforts of NHL players. For more information on the NHL, log on to NHL.com.
About Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc.
Ticketmaster Entertainment consists of Ticketmaster and Front Line Management Group. As the world’s leading live entertainment ticketing and marketing company, Ticketmaster connects the world to live entertainment. Ticketmaster operates in 20 global markets, providing ticket sales, ticket resale services, marketing and distribution through www.ticketmaster.com, one of the largest e-commerce sites on the Internet; approximately 6,700 retail outlets; and 19 worldwide call centers. Established in 1976, Ticketmaster serves more than 10,000 clients worldwide across multiple event categories, providing exclusive ticketing services for leading arenas, stadiums, professional sports franchises and leagues, college sports teams, performing arts venues, museums, and theaters. In 2007, the company sold more than 141 million tickets valued at over $8.3 billion on behalf of its clients. Ticketmaster Entertainment acquired a controlling interest in Front Line Management Group in October 2008. Front Line is one of the world’s leading artist management companies, with nearly 200 clients and more than 80 executive managers. Front Line represents a wide range of major artists, including Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Nicks, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Chicago, Journey, and Guns N’ Roses. Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. is headquartered in West Hollywood, California.
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