Continued Lack of Transparency Causing Significant Loss of Life in COVID Pandemic
As the world enters its second year of the coronavirus pandemic that has ground ticketing and live entertainment to a halt, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: government authorities have caused significant harm through their lack of transparency in nearly every aspect of the pandemic. That harm translates to... Read more
StageFront Signs Ticketing Partnership for International Champions Cup
Relevant Sports Group has entered a three-year ticketing deal with StageFront related to the International Champions Cup, which they hope will go on as planned in 2021 with fans in attendance. StageFront will serve as both a sponsor and ticketing partner for the ICC men’s event, which features a... 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
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
Seattle Sounders FC Shifts Ticketing Back to Ticketmaster
Seattle Sounders FC announced late last week that it would be shifting ticketing providers to Ticketmaster, replacing SeatGeek after three years. Ticketmaster previously served as the primary and resale ticketing partner for the MLS franchise since its debut in 2009 through the 2017 season. “We are thrilled to return... 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
Amy Howe Transitioning Out of COO Role at Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster Chief Operating Officer Amy Howe is in the process of transitioning out of the company, according to several reports. The COO will transition to a consultant role over the next year, and will depart the company after, according to Pollstar. “Amy began shifting her responsibilities earlier this Fall... Read more
MEGASeats Offers Ticket Purchasers Complimentary N95 Face Masks
MEGAseats has begun offering a free N95 face mask to go along with every shipped ticket purchase, the company announced Wednesday. The transparent ticket resale marketplace says that consumers are rearing to get back to live events in 2021, but that many are wary about their safety in large groups... 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