Google Suspends Viagogo from Search Advertising Platform
Google has suspended Viagogo from using its search engine marketing adwords platform to reach consumers, multiple outlets are reporting. The action follows a lengthy lobbying campaign by music industry insiders against the Switzerland-based ticket marketplace, which vowed to resolve any concerns which led to the suspension swiftly. “When people... Read more
eBay Moving Forward With Potential StubHub Sale
CNBC is reporting that e-commerce giant eBay is exploring a potential sale of StubHub, with “multiple” parties interested in the potential acquisition of the ticket resale marketplace. Company stock (NASDAQ: EBAY) jumped more than 2% on Monday with the news. The rumors of the sale follow the announcement of... Read more
TicketNetwork, Ticket Galaxy Announce Settlement With NYAG
TicketNetwork and Ticket Galaxy have both settled parallel litigation with the New York Attorney General over the practice of “speculative” ticket resale, according to releases issued Wednesday afternoon. The Connecticut-based online marketplace and ticket reseller, respectively, did not admit to any liability in the settlement, but will update disclosures... Read more
Ticketmaster Settles Canada “Drip Pricing” Lawsuit for $4.5 Million
Canada’s Competition Bureau (CCB) says that Ticketmaster will pay $4.5 million in penalties to settle a case related to its online ticket sales operations, according to multiple outlets. The settlement involves a $4 million penalty, plus $500,000 in reimbursement for the costs related to the investigation. “The bureau expects... Read more
Coheed and Cambria Fans Fume Over “Platinum” Ticket Confusion
Fans of progressive rock outfit Coheed and Cambria are up in arms over how so-called “official platinum” tickets were sold for the band’s current tour – as Ticketmaster’s dynamic-priced tickets were confused by many purchasers with the band’s “Platinum VIP” tickets for meet & greet opportunities at the same... Read more
“Legends Panel” Announced for Ticket Summit Opener
A slate of ticketing industry legends will converge on Ticket Summit’s opening panel, announced by the trade show earlier today. Jimmy Holtzman (Ace Ticket), Max Waisvisz (Gold Coast), Barry Clark Rudin (Barry’s Tickets), Harris Rosner (VIP Tickets) and Randy Cohen (Ticket City) will take the stage on Tuesday, July... Read more
BOSS Act to Regulate Ticketing Market Reintroduced
A new bill proposing extensive new regulations regarding tickets in the U.S. has been proposed, as a new version of the so-called BOSS Act was announced on Thursday afternoon. U.S. Reps Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reintroduced the act, which has... Read more
Live Updates: FTC Online Event Tickets Workshop
Today is the day, as the ticketing industry visits Washington D.C. for the Federal Trade Commission’s “That’s the Ticket” workshop on Online Ticket Sales. The event, taking place at the Constitution Center, runs from 9:30 AM to approximately 4:30 PM. It will be streamed live on the FTC Website,... Read more
Ticketmaster Expands Canada Presence With Groupe CH Partnership
The aggressive expansion of the Ticketmaster and Live Nation grip on the live entertainment space in North America continues, as the ticketing giant announced an increased partnership with Groupe CH, a Montreal, Quebec-based organization managing 20 venues and festival sites, comprising of more than 1,500 events every year. As... Read more
Questions We’d Like to See Answered at the FTC Online Ticket Sales Workshop
On Tuesday morning, the attention of the ticket-buying world will be fixed firmly on Washington D.C., as the Federal Trade Commission hosts its Online Ticket Sales Workshop, set to begin at 9:30 AM. The schedule and panels are posted, so we have a general idea of the topics that... Read more