Taylor Swift Reputation Tour Sale Leaves Some Fans Fuming
Emotions ran high when tickets to the Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour finally went on sale to the general public on Tuesday morning for dates throughout the U.S. Given the high demand stoked by the months-long buildup and “Verified Fan” presale process that allowed users to pay (or tweet)... Read more
Saints Season Ticket Holder Sues for Refund Due to Anthem Protests
A New Orleans Saints fan and season ticket holder has sued the team for a refund on his tickets due to the ongoing protests during the national anthem, according to a report in The Advocate. The fan, Lee Dragna, filed suit on Monday seeking the value of his season... Read more
Ticket Summit 2018 Set for July at Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Ticket Summit, the leading conference and trade show for ticketing and live entertainment professionals, announced that it will be holding its 2018 edition on July 16-18 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be the first time for the event at that venue, a AAA Four Diamond... Read more
Venue Giant SMG Acquired by Onex Corporation
SMG, a leading venue management company with a portfolio of some 500 arenas, stadia, theatres, amphitheatres and convention centers across North America, Europe and Asia, has been acquired by Toronto-based private-equity firm Onex Corporation in partnership with SMG’s existing management team, Northlane Capital Partners, Onex announced today. A potential purchase by Live... Read more
There’s an Entire Digital World Out There – Time for Ticketing to Embrace it
by Mike Guiffre, Special to TicketNews While booking a flight last month for a quick trip back to Pittsburgh for my mom’s birthday party I immediately went to www.expedia.com. Even after moving to Dallas a few years back and going all in on DFW based American Airlines including racking... Read more
Report: Songkick Pitched Ticketmaster on Purchase During Lawsuit
In a new wrinkle to the ongoing lawsuit between Songkick and Live Nation/Ticketmaster, Ampthemag.com is reporting that an investment banker representing Songkick approached a Live Nation executive over the summer to inquire whether or not the Ticketmaster parent company would have any interest in purchasing the struggling business. Songkick... Read more
Price Shock, Delays Mar Highly Anticipated Day One of Taylor Swift Tour Sale
After literally months of purchasing merchandise, watching videos, tweeting about UPS trucks, and anything else that could get them to the front of the line in a monetized “Verified Fan” program, the first batch of Taylor Swift superfans got a chance to score tickets to the singer’s 2018 U.S.... Read more
Price-Meister Statement on Accepting Permanent Injunction in Broker Genius Suit
Price-Meister, which was sued by Broker Genius for allegedly building its broker pricing intelligence product off the framework of BG’s existing product, has issued a statement following its accepting of a permanent injunction and shutting down operations in late November. “While we have not elected to proceed in litigation,... Read more
German Officials Ban Exclusive Contracts by Ticketing Leader
The Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) in Germany issued a ban on exclusive contracts with box offices and promoters by CTS Eventim, which dominates the ticketing market in the country, holding a 50-70% market share. The agency cited the company’s dominant market position in its belief that such exclusive contracts... Read more
Opinion: Taylor Swift and Ticketmaster Are Coming To Get You
By James P. Freeman | Republished from NewBostonPost.com with Permission “This is how the world works You gotta …” — Taylor Swift, 2017 Taylor Swift fans should prepare themselves for despair. In youthful vernacular, Hundo P will dissolve to Sus and Salty AF. Girls will cry. Fingers will point.... Read more