Reversing Course, Big Ten Football Will Begin in October
There will be a Big Ten football season in 2020, after all. After announcing it would not play fall sports in August, the conference reversed course on Wednesday, saying that football games would begin the weekend of October 24. At least 60 percent of the league administrators would have... Read more
MLB 2020 Playoffs, World Series to Use “Bubble” Format
Arlington, Texas will host World Series games in its inaugural season – whether or not the Rangers make it that far. Major League Baseball announced a uniquely structured postseason plan for the shortened 2020 season, taking a bubble format of sorts to ensure minimal exposure to the coronavirus down... Read more
Live Nation Furloughs Hundreds in Latest Round of Cuts
Recently reported cuts at Cleveland’s House of Blues location appear to have just been the tip of the iceberg, as hundreds have reportedly been furloughed by Live Nation Entertainment as the governmental restrictions on live events continue across the globe. The Wiltern in Los Angeles lost nearly 700 positions,... Read more
Dallas Cowboys Single Game Ticket Sale Halted Amid Technical Issues
Excitement quickly gave way to frustration for Dallas Cowboys fans this week, as technical issues caused the sale of single game tickets for the upcoming season to grind to a halt. The issues caused the sale to be put on hold while the issues are worked out by SeatGeek.... Read more
TicketNetwork CEO Launches Custom Mask Frame Manufacturing Business
With the live events and ticketing at a virtual standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TicketNetwork CEO Don Vaccaro has launched a new – and drastically different – company. The longtime secondary ticketing leader and entrepreneur recently launched Connecticut Biotech, which licenses and manufactures custom 3D printed Secure Fit... Read more
New York Bar, Venue Owners Sue Over COVID-19 Shutdowns
A group of New York business owners have filed a lawsuit against the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) over what they call “unconstitutional” shutdowns of their business operations as a precaution amid COVID-19. The group, which includes bar owners and venue operators who host live music as a... Read more
StubHub Forced to Add Warning to UK Website by Regulators
Consumers in the United Kingdom shopping for tickets on StubHub will be greeted with a warning. Resold tickets ‘may not get them into an event,’ is among changes to the retail website required by the Competition and Markets Authority, which has been reviewing the company’s operations as part of... Read more
Big Ten, Pac-12 Suspends Fall Sports, Including Football
After days of rumors that the decision was imminent, two of the so-called “Power 5” conferences announced Tuesday that they would not be participating in intercollegiate athletics in the fall of 2020 due to the risks of the coronavirus. The Big Ten and Pac-12 postponed all fall sports, including... Read more
Russia Approves “World First” Covid-19 Vaccine; Testing Ongoing
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that a Covid-19 vaccine has been approved, a major potential first step back towards live events returning. Reaction has been mixed, as the vaccine has not yet gone through a stage of trials that will be required for approval in many countries. “A vaccine... Read more
Lake of the Ozarks New Center of Covid Concert Criticism
Lake of the Ozarks has caught negative headlines for two weeks in a row, as photos at a pair of concerts showed large crowds with limited masks or social distancing being respected. Tech N9ne is on the hot seat following a performance over the weekend, while DJ Borgeous drew... Read more