Economist Calls on Biden Administration to Break Live Nation Monopoly
Mark J. Perry, an economist and professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, published an Op-Ed in The Hill this week, calling on President Joe Biden to focus on Live Nation Entertainment as part of its efforts to battle monopolistic companies. The author, who is a senior fellow at... Read more
TickPick Hires MLB Vet as VP of Data and Analytics
TickPick has announced that it has hired Matt Horton as vice president of data and analytics, bringing in the longtime Major League Baseball staffer to its New York-based ticket resale marketplace. Prior to this move, Horton spent over 14 years with the league’s central office, most recently serving as... Read more
Ivy League Announces TicketSmarter as Ticket Resale Partner
The Ivy League announced Ticket Smarter as its official ticket resale partner, cementing another high profile league deal for the Kansas-based ticket resale marketplace website. The Ivy League, which includes schools like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell, is one of the most venerable conferences in athletics, predating the formation... Read more
Erie DA Investigating COVID Paperless Ticketing Snafu in New York
Officials in Erie County, New York are investigating the legality of the current paperless ticketing situation in New York, which has left many consumers with tickets they can’t use, list for resale, or even give away for upcoming events. Consumers have complained over restrictions on how they can have... Read more
Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center Name SeatGeek Official Ticket Exchange
SeatGeek has been named the official ticket exchange of the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Arena, expanding the ticketing company into NHL partnerships for the first time. The deal will span multiple years, making SeatGeek a “Kestone Partner” of the team and venue. “Whether you’re cheering on the Flyers... Read more
Live Nation Launches $450M Stock Offering to Cover OCESA Acquisition
Live Nation announced that it is going to offer a $450 million common stock offering, with the proceeds going towards its purchase of a majority stake in Mexico-based promoter OCESA, announced earlier. The purchase of the promotional giant involves the California-based entertainment giant acquiring 51% of OCESA for $444... Read more
In New York, No Vaccination = No Concert – But Also No Refund and No Resale
Consumers in New York are furious after local officials closed several venues to those who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19, an increasingly common choice amid the ongoing rise in cases throughout the U.S. But it’s far worse than just not being able to go to the games or shows... Read more
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