Ronald Regan vs. Swifties – Decoder Podcast Examines Ticketing
A new episode of the Decoder podcast takes a deep dive on the ticketing world, in reaction to the Taylor Swift Eras Tour mess, and the ensuing fallout. The episode hinges on changes in regulatory policy that took place in the 1980s, allowing companies like Live Nation Entertainment/Ticketmaster to... Read more
Report: AEG Pushing for End of Exclusive Ticketing Contracts
According to Billboard, bad blood over the Taylor Swift Eras Tour has pitted industry giant AEG against fellow industry giant Live Nation Entertainment in the backroom battle over the future of ticketing legislation and regulation. AEG, based in Denver, is notably absent among the industry insiders who publicly support... Read more
MSG Faces Liquor Ban, Tax Issues Over Facial Recognition Fight
The fight between Madison Square Garden Entertainment and New York’s political establishment continues to escalate, with the Manhattan venue facing a potential revocation of its liquor license and the loss of a multi-million dollar annual tax break over its continued refusal to budge on its lawyer ban and controversial... Read more
Crowd Crush at GloRilla Concert Causes Three Deaths
GloRilla concert at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, N.Y. early this month closed with a fatal crowd surge leaving three fans dead and several others injured. According to a report by the Associated Press, police said the stampede may have been triggered by unfounded fears of gunfire. As... Read more
PA Governor Faces Questions Over Super Bowl Ticket Gift
Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro is facing ethics questions over the acceptance of tickets to the Super Bowl from a non-profit organization that has millions of dollars in contracts with the state. The ban on such gifts was enacted by Gov. Shapiro’s own office in January, and some critics say... Read more
Live Nation Lobbying Balloons Amid Efforts to Kill Competition
If you’re hearing a lot about how “bots” and “ticket brokers” and “ticket resale” is the real problem in live entertainment and ticketing these days, there’s a good reason for that: Live Nation is paying an awful lot of money to get that message out, to both consumers, and... Read more
DOJ Has Contacted SeatGeek, Paciolan for Ticketmaster/LN Probe
Antitrust lawyers working for the Department of Justice have been in contact with at least two companies in competition with Ticketmaster as part of the investigation into allegations of monopolistic behavior by that company and parent Live Nation Entertainment, according to reporting by Bloomberg. SeatGeek and Paciolan have both... Read more
Music Insiders Back Live Nation’s Proposed Ticket Rights Rollback
A huge cadre of industry insiders have thrown their support behind Live Nation’s proposed “FAIR” ticketing act, which would dramatically change the ticketing landscape by effectively handing full control of tickets from the moment they are sold to the moment the event is over to event operators. The groups... Read more
Tokyo Promoters Fined For Over-Selling Event, Relocating Fans
Tokyo-based management companies On The Line Inc. and Maverick DC were ordered to take preventive measures by Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency under the Law Against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations due to infraction of rules in the ticket sales of the rock band L’Arc-en-Ciel’s concert last year. According to... Read more
European Politicians Call For Investigation Of Ticketmaster
Netherland’s annual music festival Lowlands’ banning the resale of its tickets through ticketing platforms other than Ticketmaster has presented the Live Nation-owned ticketing giant with a problem. Parliamentary parties SP, GroenLinks, and PvdD, along with multiple economists, ask the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to investigate Ticketmaster... Read more