Massachusetts Legislature Weighing Several Consumer Ticketing Bills
A number of bills that would reform the ticketing ecosystem are under consideration by the Massachusetts legislature, and are going to be the subject of a hearing on Monday, September 20. The bills bring forward a number of consumer-friendly changes to the regulations on live event ticketing in the... Read more
TicketSmarter Named Official Resale Partner of Big Ten Conference
TicketSmarter, the Big Ten Conference and Big Ten Network announced Thursday that TicketSmarter has been named the official secondary ticket resale marketplace partner of the conference and its championship events. The news adds another major conference to the portfolio of partnerships that TicketSmarter has locked down, making for an... Read more
StubHub Settles Multi-State Lawsuit Over COVID Refund Policy Changes
Consumers in several states will receive long-delayed refunds from StubHub, according to a multi-state settlement of lawsuits brought in the wake of a shift in the ticket resale company’s refund policy in 2020. Lawsuits were filed after the company stopped honoring its “fan guarantee” refund policy in March of... Read more
AXS Plans to Roll Out Biometric Palm Scanning at Colorado’s Red Rocks
AXS announced that it would be rolling out a biometric ticketing system at Red Rocks, the iconic venue in the mountains outside Denver. The system, powered by Amazon One’s palm recognition technology, will be added immediately to the Red Rocks entry systems, with plans to roll out the scanning... Read more
Live Nation Resumes Acquisition of Mexican Promoter Ocesa For $444 Million
Live Nation announced that it is resuming its acquisition of Mexico-based promoter Ocesa, taking on a 51% stake in the company for $444 million. The deal has been in the works for several years, but is now expected to close either later in 2021 or in early 2022. The... Read more
NFL Season Underway With Fans Flocking to Stadiums This Weekend
While there were fans in the stands when Tampa Bay captured the Lombardi trophy to close out the 2020 season, it was nothing compared to the crowd that made its way into Raymond James Stadium last night to officially welcome the 2021 season. More than 65,000 were on hand... Read more
President Biden Urges Vaccination Requirements; Live Nation Says Demand Remains High
President Joe Biden indicated that he would like to see entertainment venues require proof of vaccination against COVID-19, but stopped short of making it a requirement. As live events have reopened amid the current surge in cases and hospitalizations, a patchwork of policies exists where some events and venues... Read more
Viagogo CMA Woes Over (For Now) WIth Sale of StubHub International
Viagogo’s long entanglement with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is officially over, as the Switzerland-based resale marketplace found a buyer for StubHub’s business outside of North America. Digital Fuel Capital LLC has agreed to purchase the StubHub entities in the UK, EU, and other markets, which was a... Read more
Digital Ally Announces Acquisition of TicketSmarter and Goody Tickets
Digital Ally has announced the acquisition of TicketSmarter, LLC and Goody Tickets, LLC, bringing the growing ticket marketplace into its portfolio at a price of $14.1 million, according to a press release. The companies will be combined and operated as a subsidiary to Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY). The... Read more
Patriot League Names TicketSmarter Official Ticket Resale Marketplace
TicketSmarter was named the official ticket resale marketplace of the Patriot League, inking a multi-year deal with the league announced this week. TicketSmarter will provide fans of the league’s teams with the ability to purchase tickets and list tickets for sale through their online resale marketplace. “We are excited... Read more