An investigation into ticket scalping (known as “touting” in the UK) at English Premier League football clubs has resulted in an arrest this week outside Manchester United’s soccer stadium. A 32-year-old man from Blackburn, Lancashire was arrested on suspicion of fraud, ticket touting and money laundering, ahead of the... Read more
The Police were recently voted Major Tour of the Year at the 19th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards which honors the cream of the concert business — talent, venues, executives and concert production companies — for their accomplishments in 2007. Ticketing company of the year is conspicuously missing because... Read more
For every large stadium or arena, there are more than a few smaller venues that also book important acts, and is a new website catering to those smaller facilities that don’t have a chance of listing their tickets with industry giants like Ticketmaster. It was started in November... Read more
Tix Corp., which acquired and Exhibit Merchandising last year, continues to grow its live entertainment business with the purchase of show producer Magic Arts and Entertainment — Florida, Inc. for $1.5 million in cash and 476,000 shares of restricted stock. Magic Arts currently produces major live events and... Read more
Although they might be taking lessons in sorcery at Shiz University, Glinda and Elphaba of the hit musical Wicked certainly do not need any further instruction when it comes to selling tickets. The witches once again found themselves atop the list of best selling events for the week of... Read more
While the loss was less than for the same period a year ago, concert promoter Live Nation today, Feb. 28, said it posted a net loss of $18.4 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2007, or 25 cent per share. According the Associated Press, the company said the... Read more
Rumors were circulating through the ticket industry today, Feb. 27, that a partnership of Ticketmaster and Cablevision Systems, the major East Coast cable television operator and owner of Madison Square Garden, are preparing to buy as much as 49 percent of tour promoter AEG Live for an undisclosed amount.... Read more
Despite widespread opposition to the deal from brokers, Ticketmaster today announced it had completed its purchase of the nation’s number-two ranked secondary ticket reseller TicketsNow. Ticketmaster never officially disclosed the financial terms of the deal, which was scrutinized and approved by the federal government for possible anti-trust violations, but... Read more
The Louisiana State Legislature sent a series of bills to Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday, Feb. 26, that would change the way state politicians and lobbyists interact, and also contained legislation that would make it a violation of state ethics rules for politicians to accept tickets to certain events.... Read more
The lovely, lime-skinned ladies of the hit musical Wicked will be seeing lots of green as the production (in its many incarnations) once again brought in the most ticket sales for the week of February 18th through February 24th. There’s just something about the show that makes it so... Read more