Maryland Lawmakers Considering Bills Bolstering Consumer Ticket Rights, Privacy
Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a pair of bills that would grant consumers in the state stronger rights over tickets they purchase to events, as well as increased protection against the sharing of their personal information with partners of ticketing vendors, venues, teams and promoters. The two bills, House... Read more
UK Regulator Rules Viagogo Must Sell International StubHub Operations
The Competition and Markets Authority announced Tuesday that Viagogo must spin off some StubHub operations to address competition concerns it had with the merger, which has been held up by the UK regulator since early 2020. Viagogo, which paid an estimated $4 billion to purchase the ticket resale marketplace... Read more
Broadway’s Jujamcyn Theaters Drop Ticketmaster for SeatGeek
SeatGeek is coming to Broadway. The ticketing provider, based in New York, was announced as the new ticketing partner for the Jujamcyn Theaters chain in a multi-year deal covering five theaters. It is SeatGeek’s first partnership on the Great White Way, and replaces Jujamcyn’s current ticketing vendor, Ticketmaster. “As... Read more
Coachella, Stagecoach Festivals Spiked Again by California Health Officials
For the second straight year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Festival have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Public health officials announced the postponement on Friday, issuing an order barring the events from taking place in April as planned due to the ongoing spike... Read more
Justice Department, FTC Announce Settlements in BOTS Act Enforcement
The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission announced three settlements with businesses resolving alleged violations of the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act. The settlements mark the first-ever enforcement actions of the Obama-era law, which is designed to prohibit the use of automated software in the acquisition of tickets... Read more
New York Reopening Efforts Plan Deployment of Rapid COVID Testing
In his State of the State address earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated his administration is planning to allow live events with fans in attendance beginning as soon as February. The plans are centered around the ramping up of rapid testing sites in the state, coupled... Read more
Glastonbury Festival 2021 Cancelled as Organizers Look to 2022 Return
For the second straight year, there will be no Glastonbury Festival, organizers reveled in a website post Thursday. The ongoing COVID pandemic led organizers to officially call off the annual summer fete, which normally occurs in June. “With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will... Read more
Live Nation Manager Says Company Has Laid Off 96 Percent of Staff
Live Nation Entertainment has laid off more than 96 percent of its staff amid the ongoing COVID pandemic, according to a letter from a regional manager in Connecticut. The manager, Michael Andrews, referenced the cuts in a letter to a Connecticut utility commission asking for forgiveness in over $1,000... Read more
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