Timed to come up just as the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals got underway on Monday, Ticketmaster announced it signed the National Hockey League to a 10-year extension to serve as the primary ticketing provider for the league.
The announcement makes it clear that the extension will include a rollout of Ticketmaster’s latest lockdown products, Presence and SafeTix, which are designed to make it impossible for consumers to move tickets to anyone after purchase save through the Ticketmaster system (and with Ticketmaster and the box office’s blessing on both transferability and price.)
Currently Ticketmaster serves as the official ticketing partner of the league itself, and 26 of the league’s 30 clubs. Additionally, the Live-Nation owned platform will “expand its role in ticketing-related aspects of event planning and execution for marquee NHL events including the NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Weekend, NHL Stadium Series, and many others.”
“We are thrilled to announce this landmark renewal with an iconic brand. Ticketmaster is the gold-standard in their industry and an outstanding partner of the National Hockey League, and we are excited that we’ll be together for at least another ten years,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in the release. “Through our partnership we look forward to using Ticketmaster’s state-of-the-art ticketing and venue-access technology which will continue to serve NHL fans well in arenas around the League.”
The full press release from LiveNationEntertainment.com is included below:
LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Ticketmaster, (NYSE: LYV) the global leader in ticketing, and the National Hockey League today announced a decade-long extension to their longstanding partnership as the official marketplace of the National Hockey League (NHL®), which will include bringing the latest venue and ticketing technology to NHL events.
“We are thrilled to announce this landmark renewal with an iconic brand. Ticketmaster is the gold-standard in their industry and an outstanding partner of the National Hockey League, and we are excited that we’ll be together for at least another ten years,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Through our partnership we look forward to using Ticketmaster’s state-of-the-art ticketing and venue-access technology which will continue to serve NHL fans well in arenas around the League.”
“Ticketmaster is very proud of our longstanding partnership with the NHL,” said Jared Smith, Ticketmaster President. “The NHL has a strong history of being first in line to use the latest and most innovative technologies available. Now all of our NHL club partners will be able implement Presence and SafeTix™ next season, further reducing ticketing fraud and giving teams greater insights to help them forge even stronger relationships with their fans.”
As an early adopter of Ticketmaster’s ticketing and venue technology, the NHL’s commitment to using groundbreaking ticketing and venue technology has already produced widespread benefits across the League. The 2018 and 2019 NHL All-Star Games saw 85% and 88% of fans entering the arenas using mobile tickets, respectively, resulting in much more streamlined venue entry and deeper fan insights for teams, having the full chain-of-custody of a ticket so they know not only who bought the ticket, but who attended the game. The NHL was also the first to utilize mobile ticketing at the historic Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the 2018 Coors Light NHLStadium Series™ and at Notre Dame Stadium for the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.
Through its ongoing partnership with the League, Ticketmaster will continue to provide NHL fans with the best inventory selections via Ticketmaster.com/nhl and the NHL Ticket Exchange, which makes it easier than ever for fans to buy, sell and transfer tickets safely and securely for NHL games. In addition to its long-term relationship with the NHL, Ticketmaster is the Official Ticketing Partner of 26 NHL clubs.
Ticketmaster will also expand its role in ticketing-related aspects of event planning and execution for marquee NHL events including the NHL Winter Classic®, NHL® All-Star Weekend, NHL Stadium Series™, and many others.
As part of the renewal, the NHL will leverage Ticketmaster Presence™, the next-generation digital ticketing and access control platform, in NHL arenas next season. This addition will enable SafeTix™, the latest enhancement to Presence, to add anti-counterfeiting features to digital tickets and provide teams with greater visibility into their event attendees.
Ticketmaster’s SafeTix™ technology gives event owners control over their tickets by tying a unique, identifiable digital ticket to each fan’s mobile phone through an encrypted barcode that automatically refreshes every few seconds. The tickets also include NFC technology that will allow fans to enter venues through a simple “tap and go” experience at venue entrances. These enhancements protect against tickets being screenshotted or photocopied and sold multiple times by unscrupulous resellers.
About the NHL
The National Hockey League (NHL®), founded in 1917, consists of 31 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters, vying for the most cherished and historic trophy in professional sports – the Stanley Cup®. Every year, the NHL entertains more than 670 million fans in-arena and through its partners on national television and radio; more than 151 million followers – league, team and player accounts combined – across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube; and more than 100 million fans online at NHL.com. The League broadcasts games in more than 160 countries and territories through its rightsholders including NBC/NBCSN and the NHL Network™ in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, Viasat in the Nordic Region and CCTV and Tencent in China. The NHL reaches fans worldwide with games available online in every country including via its live and on-demand streaming service NHL.TV™. Fans are engaged across the League’s digital assets on mobile devices via the free NHL® App; across nine social media platforms; on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio™; and on NHL.com, available in eight languages and featuring unprecedented access to player and team statistics as well as every regular-season and playoff game box score dating back to the League’s inception, powered by SAP. The NHL is committed to building healthy and vibrant communities through the sport of hockey by increasing youth participation and engagement; fostering positive family experiences; promoting inclusion, positive culture and leadership; and supporting sustainable community impact.
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