Trump Moves Coronavirus Distancing Halt to April 30
As cases of Covid-19 continue to surge across the globe, President Trump announced Sunday that the government was extending its social distancing guidelines out to April 30. The United States currently as the highest number of overall cases of Covid-19 in the world, with 142,793 according to the coronavirus... Read more
StubHub Goes Voucher-Only on Cancelled Events due to Covid-19
StubHub has announced a change to its policies in the wake of the rash of postponements and cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, informing customers that cancelled events are now eligible to receive a voucher rather than a refund, according to a post on its website. Previously, customers holding... Read more
Live Event Industry To Lose Over $500M Due To Cancelled Tours
The live event industry is taking a hard hit due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Top concert tours are being cancelled or postponed, while high-scale festivals have been called-off. Earlier this month, promoter giants Live Nation Entertainment and AEG, as well as booking agencies WME, Creative Artists Agency, UTA,... Read more
TicketNetwork’s Don Vaccaro Offers Advice, Tools to Ticket Brokers
TicketNetwork CEO Don Vaccaro sent ticket broker clients of the company an email this week, outlining several ways they could adjust their operations to help weather the storm facing secondary ticketing with the hard stop that the Covid-19 pandemic has hit American live and live events with. The secondary... Read more
How Hard-Hit Ticketing Sites Are Coping With Virus’ Industry Impact
In an era where the live events industry has come to a standstill, ticketing sites are finding themselves in unprecedented territory. Ticketing has been one of the hardest hit industries from the coronavirus pandemic with pro sports leagues on hold indefinitely, Broadway theaters shuttered and hundreds of concerts called... Read more
StubHub Furloughs 67% of Workers Due to COVID-19 Slowdown
StubHub has reportedly furloughed all but 150 of its staffers, a drastic reduction that amounts to some 67% of its workforce as it deals with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 epidemic. Celebrity Access reported its source said an internal email informed staff that the layoffs are expected to... Read more
Trump, Conservatives Express Desire to End Covid-19 Shutdowns
With the number of Americans under statewide “shutdown” orders designed to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic approaching 100 million, President Trump and other conservatives are expressing a desire to get things back to normal as soon as possible to mitigate the potential economic damage could bring should... Read more
2020 Olympics Latest High-Scale Event To Be Postponed Due To Virus
Update: (as of March 24, 2020) According to Olympic.org, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, as well as Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, joined a conference call this morning to discuss the 2020 Olympic Games.  In a statement, the committee said that the COVID-19... Read more
Live Nation, Endeavor Face Debt Pressure Over COVID-19 Cancellations
The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused multiple companies within the live event industry to shut down upcoming events. Cancellations have led to increasing debt and financial pressure from Endeavor, Live Nation Entertainment, and Sinclair Broadcast Group. UFC, WME, and IMG are housed under the parent company Endeavor, which... Read more
Opinion: Transfer Restrictions Now a Public Health Issue 
At last month’s hearing on the ticketing industry, members of congress heard testimony pointing out the anti-competitive and privacy-violating potential for ticketing systems that bar consumer choice over tickets they have purchased. In the new normal that we will see once the Covid-19 pandemic winds down, a new potential... Read more