Maryland Lawmakers Considering Bills Bolstering Consumer Ticket Rights, Privacy
Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a pair of bills that would grant consumers in the state stronger rights over tickets they purchase to events, as well as increased protection against the sharing of their personal information with partners of ticketing vendors, venues, teams and promoters. The two bills, House... Read more
UK Regulator Rules Viagogo Must Sell International StubHub Operations
The Competition and Markets Authority announced Tuesday that Viagogo must spin off some StubHub operations to address competition concerns it had with the merger, which has been held up by the UK regulator since early 2020. Viagogo, which paid an estimated $4 billion to purchase the ticket resale marketplace... Read more
Justice Department, FTC Announce Settlements in BOTS Act Enforcement
The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission announced three settlements with businesses resolving alleged violations of the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act. The settlements mark the first-ever enforcement actions of the Obama-era law, which is designed to prohibit the use of automated software in the acquisition of tickets... Read more
New York Reopening Efforts Plan Deployment of Rapid COVID Testing
In his State of the State address earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated his administration is planning to allow live events with fans in attendance beginning as soon as February. The plans are centered around the ramping up of rapid testing sites in the state, coupled... Read more
Broker Genius, Seat Scouts Announce Merger of Ticket Resale Tool Providers
Broker Genius and Seat Scouts announced Tuesday that the two companies would be merging. The two companies had been engaged in a lengthy legal battle, which is being set aside as Seat Scouts products and employees are brought under the Broker Genius umbrella. The merged companies will see Broker... Read more
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
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
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
Ticketmaster Data Breach Leads to £1.25 Million Fine
A 2018 Ticketmaster data breach has resulted in a £1.25 million fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Personal and payment information was accessed in the breach, which may have involved as many as 9.4 million customers in Europe and more than a million in the UK. Ticketmaster says... Read more
Report: Ticketmaster Plans to Require COVID Data Access For Events
A report in Billboard this week indicates that Ticketmaster is taking steps towards requiring access to consumer medical information as a part of its “fan safety” plans for live events to return at scale. The plan, according to Dave Brooks, involves data sharing between Ticketmaster, third party health companies,... Read more