Ticketmaster Avoids Hacking Prosecution by Paying $10 Million Fine
Ticketmaster has entered a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in New York in a case related to its employees illegally accessing a rival companies systems to obtain information it used to poach clients and help run it into insolvency. The deal includes a payment of $10 million in fines... Read more
Seattle Sounders FC Shifts Ticketing Back to Ticketmaster
Seattle Sounders FC announced late last week that it would be shifting ticketing providers to Ticketmaster, replacing SeatGeek after three years. Ticketmaster previously served as the primary and resale ticketing partner for the MLS franchise since its debut in 2009 through the 2017 season. “We are thrilled to return... Read more
Amy Howe Transitioning Out of COO Role at Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster Chief Operating Officer Amy Howe is in the process of transitioning out of the company, according to several reports. The COO will transition to a consultant role over the next year, and will depart the company after, according to Pollstar. “Amy began shifting her responsibilities earlier this Fall... Read more
MEGASeats Offers Ticket Purchasers Complimentary N95 Face Masks
MEGAseats has begun offering a free N95 face mask to go along with every shipped ticket purchase, the company announced Wednesday. The transparent ticket resale marketplace says that consumers are rearing to get back to live events in 2021, but that many are wary about their safety in large groups... Read more
MLB Franchises Suing Insurers Over Lost Ticketing Revenue
Major League Baseball and all 30 of its franchises have filed a lawsuit against their insurance providers, citing billions of dollars in losses due to pandemic-related bans on fans attending games. The lawsuit was filed in October in California Superior Court in Alameda County, California. It was initially reported... Read more
Live Nation’s Berchtold Confident in Concerts Returning for Summer 2021
Live Nation President Joe Berchtold affirmed the company’s belief that concerts would be back by midway through 2021 in an interview on CNBC this week. The company has maintained that timeline for several months, pinning its fortunes to the fact that vaccine distribution will be at a level allowing... Read more
Dynasty Sports and Entertainment, AutoProcessor Rebrand as Logitix
Dynasty Sports and Entertainment and Auto Processor have announced a rebrand, launching anew as Logitix. The rebrand comes at a time when ticketing seeks to find its rebound from the COVID pandemic and the related near-full halt on live entertainment. Dynasty executives Jon Katz and Greg Nortman are leading... Read more
StubHub Co-Founder Pushes CMA to Force Viagogo to Sell – to Him
Stubhub co-founder Jeff Fluhr has an interesting pitch to the Competition and Markets Authority over what the regulator should do about Viagogo’s purchase of StubHub: sell his old company back to him. Fluhr wrote a public comment to the CMA as part of the ongoing competition probe involving Viagogo’s... Read more
Chase Rice Proposes Distance and No-Distance Sections at Shows
Chase Rice provided a new take on how to bring live music back, proposing that concerts could have two sections for fans holding different perspectives on the COVID pandemic and risk of attending a show. One section can keep social distance rules in place, while another section would allow... Read more
AXS Head Says Tickets Shouldn’t be Tied to Consumer COVID Status
After watching Ticketmaster refute a report that it would be tying access to events to consumer personal health data following a blistering negative reaction, AXS boss Bryan Perez says his company isn’t planning to do so either. The company is searching for any way that it can improve fan... Read more