Broker Genius, Seat Scouts Announce Merger of Ticket Resale Tool Providers
Broker Genius and Seat Scouts announced Tuesday that the two companies would be merging. The two companies had been engaged in a lengthy legal battle, which is being set aside as Seat Scouts products and employees are brought under the Broker Genius umbrella. The merged companies will see Broker... Read more
Bills to Allow Fans for Playoffs – With Ticket Rules That Violate NY Law
For the first time this season, Buffalo Bills fans will be allowed to watch their team in person. New York’s government has authorized just over 6,000 attendance for playoff games taking place in the Western New York city. The rights of those fans to use, gift, or resell those... Read more
Ticketmaster Avoids Hacking Prosecution by Paying $10 Million Fine
Ticketmaster has entered a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in New York in a case related to its employees illegally accessing a rival companies systems to obtain information it used to poach clients and help run it into insolvency. The deal includes a payment of $10 million in fines... Read more
CFP Semifinal Moves from Rose Bowl to Texas Over COVID Restrictions
The 2021 College Football Playoff (CFP) Semifinal scheduled to take place at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena has been relocated to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Rising case rates of coronavirus and the subsequent refusal by local authorities to allow any fans in the stands, including friends or... Read more
MLB Franchises Suing Insurers Over Lost Ticketing Revenue
Major League Baseball and all 30 of its franchises have filed a lawsuit against their insurance providers, citing billions of dollars in losses due to pandemic-related bans on fans attending games. The lawsuit was filed in October in California Superior Court in Alameda County, California. It was initially reported... Read more
After Nine Months, Billie Eilish Cancels Where Do We Go Tour
Nine months into the COVID pandemic, and tours are still being cancelled. Billie Eilish formally cancelled her Where Do We Go? tour, wiping the slate clean after holding out hope for months that postponed dates might be rescheduled. Nearly 5o dates wound up being impacted by the pandemic, with... Read more
StubHub Co-Founder Pushes CMA to Force Viagogo to Sell – to Him
Stubhub co-founder Jeff Fluhr has an interesting pitch to the Competition and Markets Authority over what the regulator should do about Viagogo’s purchase of StubHub: sell his old company back to him. Fluhr wrote a public comment to the CMA as part of the ongoing competition probe involving Viagogo’s... Read more
Ticketmaster Walks Back COVID Requirements After Fierce Backlash
A report on Ticketmaster’s purported plans to tie event access to personal health data set the company into damage control mode over the weekend. The Live Nation Entertainment-owned giant issued “clarifications” over the policy, which drew sharp criticism from some who viewed it as invasive and rife for potential... Read more
NCAA Announces Single Location March Madness 2021 Tournament
Due to the logistical problems presented by the shifting status of various regions and COVID status, the NCAA has decided to hold its NCAA men’s basketball tournament in one location for 2021. March Madness, which generates enormous revenue from both TV deals and ticket sales for the NCAA, was... Read more
Ticketmaster Data Breach Leads to £1.25 Million Fine
A 2018 Ticketmaster data breach has resulted in a £1.25 million fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Personal and payment information was accessed in the breach, which may have involved as many as 9.4 million customers in Europe and more than a million in the UK. Ticketmaster says... Read more