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Recently, I had a gentleman tell me an interesting story about a strange encounter he had while selling tickets for a concert online through Craigslist. After several e-mails, text messages and a lot of negotiating back and forth (quite common when selling tickets using an online classified ad), a... Read more
I was recently asked to be a panelist at the upcoming Ticket Summit 2010 and it made be think back to the last two Ticket Summit events that I’ve attended. The first was the conference’s second year. Back then, Alfred Branch was the lone reporter for TicketNews, StubHub was... Read more
When I tell my friends about my adventures in the secondary ticket market, they often reply, “Oh, you mean scalping?” Of course, I quickly respond with an explanation of the role that licensed ticket brokers play in protecting consumers and moderating prices. That I would suggest such a thing... Read more
Today’s ticketing industry is facing many challenges. A tough economy, declining event attendance and competing forces for the entertainment dollar, is causing the industry to re-evaluate alternative pricing structures that provide a fair-to-all solution for artists, promoters, primary ticket sellers, secondary ticket sellers and consumers. One of the most... Read more
As any number of music lovers can tell you, ticket touts and scammers have become the scourge of the summer months. Last year’s music festivals were marred when a number of fraudulent websites sprung up offering fans tickets to events that had already sold out. Thousands of fans were... Read more
Many of us open our mailboxes each day and find various letters from many charities asking us for donations. For myself and my family, we generally sit down once a month and simply write out a check for several organizations that are in need while paying our bills. It’s... Read more
Recently, 50 members of the U.S. House of Representatives lent their signatures to a letter sent to Assistant Attorney General Christine A. Varney imploring the U.S. Department of Justice to halt the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger. “This shows the profound level of concerns over the antitrust effects of the Ticketmaster-Live... Read more
Jim Royce of Center Theater Group in Los Angeles told us about a successful launch event they did to promote the onsale of Spamalot at The Ahmanson Theater. They took the wacky, silly theme of Monty Python, got a few of their people to dress up in costume, and... Read more
The institution that is Free Enterprise is on the cusp of a potential transformation with regards to the ticketing industry. The behemoth ticketing company that is Ticketmaster is joining forces with live events and promoter juggernaut Live Nation to form a hydra of megalomaniac proportions – guess what… I’m... Read more
The following is the text of a presentation given by attorney James D. Hurwitz at the recent Ticket Summit in Las Vegas. It is being reprinted as a Guest Commentary with his permission, and with the permission of the American Antitrust Institute, of which Mr. Hurwitz is a research... Read more