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
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
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
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
Viagogo CMA Woes Over (For Now) WIth Sale of StubHub International
Viagogo’s long entanglement with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is officially over, as the Switzerland-based resale marketplace found a buyer for StubHub’s business outside of North America. Digital Fuel Capital LLC has agreed to purchase the StubHub entities in the UK, EU, and other markets, which was a... Read more
Former USGA Employee Charged With Fraud Over 23,000 Stolen US Open Tickets
A former employee of the United States Golf Association (USGA) faces up to 300 years of prison and millions of dollars in fines over allegations that he stole thousands of US Open tickets and sold them over a seven year span. Robert Fryer was charged with one count of... Read more
UK Regulator Asks for New Powers Over Ticket Resale
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK is recommending changes to the regulatory climate surrounding ticket resale, which would grant it new power to deal swiftly with individuals and platforms who violate the law. Suggested reforms include a ban on platforms allowing ticket brokers to sell more... Read more
Vivid Seats Announces Planned Post-Merger Board of Directors
Vivid Seats, which is in the process of going public via a merger with Horizon Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: HZAC), announced its future Board of Directors this week. The board, filed with the SEC on August 16, is chaired by David Donnini and includes nine directors with leadership in tech... Read more
Ticket Legislation and Regulation Panel a Key Focus of Ticket Summit
Rules and regulations surrounding live events and ticketing are in a state of near-constant flux, and COVID isn’t going to make things any simpler. Ticket Summit is anticipating its Tickets Regulation and Legislation panel to be one of the best-attended of the show, which is less than a week... Read more