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
Viagogo Pitches Sale of Non-North American StubHub Business to Appease Regulators
Viagogo is reportedly willing to sell off all but the U.S. and Canada-based StubHub businesses to appease regulators, according to reporting from the UK. The proposed sale of the assets held for less than a year are in response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which has thus... Read more
Consumer Sues Vivid Seats Over Alleged Guarantee Failure
A consumer filed a federal lawsuit in California against Vivid Seats, alleging the ticket resale marketplace engaged in “deceptive advertising and business practices” related to tickets for events that were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The plaintiff, Bruce Brouillette, is pushing for class action status in the litigation,... Read more
French Court Sides With Promoter Lobby in Google Ticket Listings Ruling
The live event promoter lobby won a victory over secondary ticketing competition, as a Paris court ruled that Google cannot allow ticket resale companies to advertise on its search platforms without permission from the promoters. The ruling will likely limit fans from finding non-primary ticket inventory, forcing them to... Read more
Off-Broadway Theaters, Comedy Clubs Sue New York Over Closure
A group of Off-Broadway theaters and comedy clubs are suing government officials in hopes of ending forced closures that have lasted over seven months thus far amid the coronavirus pandemic. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blaso are named in the lawsuits, which... Read more