Former Iowa Sports Radio Host Pleads Guilty in Ticket Fraud Case
The former Iowa-based sports radio host, who was indicted on federal charges after scamming multiple investors in a ticket resale scheme, has pleaded guilty to fraud after taking a plea deal. According to the Des Moines Register, Marty Tirrell pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud on Friday.... Read more
FanFair Alliance Files Complaint Against Viagogo’s StubHub Deal
UPDATE (as of December 4, 2019)  Viagogo released the following statement to TicketNews regarding the matter: “Viagogo expects the market regulator to look at this deal as they would with any deal of this size and we will be working with them collaboratively on that as required.” — The... Read more
AXS Awarded $5 Million, Five-Year Contract From Denver Government
Ticketing company AXS was renewed for a five-year, $5 million contract with taxpayer-owned venues in Denver this week. The deal, which was unanimously voted on by Denver City Council members, makes AXS the official booking agent for venues like the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Bellco Theatre, the Colorado... Read more
National Consumers League Hails News of Ticketing Industry Review
Washington, DC—The National Consumers League (NCL) the nation’s pioneering consumer and worker advocacy organization, today applauded the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s bipartisan oversight of the live event ticketing industry. The committee’s decision to launch an investigation into the live event industry’s opaque ticketing practices represents an important step... Read more
eBay Sells StubHub to Viagogo for $4.05 Billion in Cash
eBay is selling ticket resale marketplace StubHub to Viagogo for $4.05 billion in cash, according to a press release issued by the California company Monday morning. The sale is expected to close by the first quarter of 2020, assuming it clears regulatory hurdles and other closing conditions. Eric Baker,... Read more
House Committee Announces Investigation Into Live Event Ticketing
The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Thursday it would be investigating the live event ticketing industry, looking for “potential unfair and deceptive practices” within, according to a press release. Letters were sent to Live Nation, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), Tickets.com, StubHub, Vivid Seats, and TicketNetwork requesting details on... Read more
Enrique Iglesias Concerts Cancelled Due To Promoter Scam
Several Enrique Iglesias concerts across Europe have been cancelled after the fraudulent promoter was accused of running off with around €1 million. According to Pollstar, a Bulgarian promoter claimed to represent ArtBG and has scammed ticket buyers, venues, and artists after posing as a local promoter. The situation unfolded... Read more
Ja Rules’s Name Cleared From Fyre Fest Suit
While Fyre Festival co-founder Billy McFarland is serving a six-year prison sentence, his partner Ja Rule had his name officially cleared from the legal disaster. Fyre Fest, the 2017 failed-festival-turned-phenomenon, has been outlined in two documentaries and is now globally dubbed as the biggest scam of the last decade.... Read more
Longtime UH Football Season Ticket Holder Banned For Attempting To Resell Tickets
A 42-year University of Hawaii football season ticket holder has been banned from Aloha Stadium after attempting to sell his extra tickets. According to the local news channel KHON2, the season ticket holder, Dan Vierra, said he tried to sell extra tickets ahead of the Rainbow Warrior game against... Read more
Madonna, Live Nation Sued by Fan Over Concert Start Delays
A Florida man has filed a class-action lawsuit against Madonna and Live Nation after a Miami Beach concert saw its start time pushed back from 8:30 to 10:30 PM – one of many such instances of tardiness on her current Madame X tour. The suit, filed on November 4th,... Read more