Roger Goodell Confident for NFL Full Stadiums This Fall
With COVID-19 case rates causing concern, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell remained confident that stadiums would be full across the league this fall in an interview with NFL Network that aired over the weekend. “This year, we’re comfortable that local regulations are going to allow us to have fans at... Read more
Broadway to Require Proof of Vaccination, Masks for All Attendees
With concerns about rising coronavirus case numbers, Broadway theater owners and operators have announced that customers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear masks to attend performances as shows reopen. The policy was already in place for the one currently open show – Springsteen on Broadway – but will... Read more
NFL Ticket Prices Have Jumped an Average of Nearly 70% From 2006
If you think that ticket prices for NFL contests have gotten a lot steeper, there’s a new study that backs those feelings up. According to the Action Network, season ticket prices for NFL games have gone up by an average of 68 percent when comparing 2021 prices to those... Read more
Ticket Summit On Track for Record-Shattering Attendance in August
After a 2020 that saw the ticketing and live events industry ground to a complete halt, Ticket Summit’s organizers weren’t sure what the new year would bring. Would venues and touring companies survive the long pause? Would vaccination allow for some events to get off the ground in 2021... Read more
Mobile-Only Ticketing Push Leaving Many Without Smartphones Behind
As live events return to some level of normal in the wake of COVID, one group appears to be utterly left out: consumers who do not have smartphones, and therefore can’t access mobile-only tickets. People like Brampton, Ontario resident Debbie Ervine, who will apparently be missing out on a... Read more
Oak View Group Selects Ticketmaster for Six Venues Opening Now-2023
Oak View Group announced a long-term partnership deal with Ticketmaster, going with the Live Nation Entertainment-owned company for the ticketing systems at six venues opening in 2021-2023. The buildings include New York’s UBS Arena, Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, Austin’s Moody Center, Coachella Valley Arena in Palm Desert, California, Savannah... Read more
Tokyo 2020 Olympics Reverse Course, Ban Spectators Entirely
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place in 2021, but fans will no longer be a part of the atmosphere. Organizers announced the decision Thursday after local officials extended the state of emergency in the region through August 22, which will span the entirety of the Olympic schedule... Read more
Ticketmaster Resale Returns to Broker-Focused Conferences Despite Past Controversy
In 2018, Ticketmaster came under significant fire over reports detailing the company’s deep relationships with large-scale ticket resale operators. Its so-called “secret scalper program” brought scrutiny from public officials, condemnation from members of the public, and a number of lawsuits alleging that the largest ticketing operation in the world... Read more
After FTC Hearing, Most Ticket Marketplaces Offering “All-In Pricing” Option for Consumers
How and when ticketing fees are disclosed to consumers has been a hot-button issue for a number of years. Most ticketing companies show one price to the consumer, only to have fees show up at the final step of the transaction – after the consumer has entered personal and... Read more
Joe Meli Sentenced to 37 Months in Broadway Ticket Fraud Case
Joe Meli was sentenced to 37 months in prison Friday for his role in a ticket resale fraud scheme. The sentence is the second for similar crimes that Meli has received, with 25 months of this new term to be served concurrently with a 78-month sentence Meli received in... Read more