SeatGeek Signs Real Salt Lake as 8th Major League Soccer Client
SeatGeek this week announced a deal that makes it the ticketing partner of Real Salt Lake, the eighth primary ticketing deal for the company with a Major League Soccer franchise. The partnership will launch with the beginning of the 2023 MLS season. “When the team was purchased earlier this... Read more
Washington Commanders Settle MD Lawsuit Over Ticket Deposits
The Washington Commanders settled a lawsuit with Maryland’s Attorney General over the withholding of deposits that season ticket holders were owed. The team will return the deposits to consumers who have not yet received them back as required, and also pay a $250,000 settlement. Maryland AG Brian E. Frosh... Read more
Senators Push BOTS Inquiry As Taylor Swift Fallout Continues
A pair of U.S. Senators are asking the Federal Trade Commission about “bot” attacks in ticketing, questioning whether or not the nefarious software played a role in the disastrous Taylor Swift Eras Tour presale in November. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), the Ranking member and Chair... Read more
Analyst: Live Nation Stock Would Fall 50% if Company Split
An analyst from Citi upgraded Live Nation’s stock (NYSE: LYV) forecast to “buy” Monday, but with it came qualifications that the company would take a huge hit if it were forced to split with Ticketmaster, as some are hoping will be done. Jason Bazinet lowered his price target for... Read more
AEG: Exclusive Contracts Left Swift “No Choice” But Ticketmaster
Taylor Swift’s tour promoter did not mince words in placing blame on the disastrous Eras Tour ticket sale with Ticketmaster, telling CNBC it had “no choice” but to use Live Nation Entertainment’s ticketing company due to the massive number of exclusive contracts it has with venues in the United... Read more
U.S. Senate to Hold Hearing on Competition in Ticketing Industry
Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Lee (R-UT) announced plans to hold a hearing to examine the lack of competition in the ticketing industry in the wake of the Taylor Swift debacle that has dominated headlines for more than a week. The senators are the Chair and Ranking Member... Read more
Mobile App Crash Strands Fans Outside of FIFA World Cup Games
Mobile app issues are being blamed for spectators being locked out at some FIFA World Cup matches, with tournament officials “working on solving the issue” according to a tweet posted to the official FIFA Media account on Monday. Fans for at least two contests – England vs. Iran and... Read more
Bruce Springsteen Shrugs Off Criticism of Dynamic Ticket Pricing
Bruce Springsteen shrugged off criticism of his allowing for “dynamic” surge ticket pricing when his 2023 E Street Band tour dates went on sale earlier this year, which drew widespread fan condemnation and anger. The singer defended the prices – which some fans complained were surged into multiple thousands... Read more
Taylor Swift Blasts Ticketing Debacle, Apologizes to Fans
Taylor Swift, whose Eras Tour ticketing presale has dominated headlines for a week, apologized to her fans in an Instagram story while simultaneously blasting Ticketmaster for the botched sale. Swift’s fans complained massively over system errors and other troubles with the tour ticket sales last week, which has landed... Read more
Lawmakers Demand Ticketmaster Probe After Taylor Swift Fiasco
A consortium of House Democrats is calling on the Department of Justice to take action against Ticketmaster/Live Nation, with 31 signing a letter addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland that was made public on Friday. The letter asks for Garland and the DOJ to open a formal investigation of... Read more