Judge Denies Nissen Request to Head to Las Vegas
A federal judge denied a request by Jason Nissen to head to Las Vegas to broker tickets for the upcoming Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, according to multiple outlets. Nissen, who faces wire fraud charges related to his alleged operation of a $70 million Ponzi scheme while CEO of National... Read more
Utah Lawmaker Pitches Resale Limit Laws After Being Gouged
Utah State Rep. Lynn Hemmingway is making a second attempt at passing a law capping ticket markup in Utah resale, having failed to gain traction in 2010. The Democrat told the Salt Lake Tribune that this effort is inspired by a recent experience where he had to pay exorbitant... Read more
Opinion: Holdbacks Should Set Springsteen-Scheniderman Showdown
Fans are frothing at the mouth for a shot to catch Bruce Springsteen in his recently announced fall residency on Broadway. The Walter Kerr Theatre, with its sub-1,000 capacity, is a remarkably intimate venue where the legendary rocker will perform songs, interact with the crowd, and read from his... Read more
Jason Nissen Reportedly Seeking Plea Deal in Fraud Case
Jason Nissen, the former CEO of the National Event Ticket Company currently facing federal fraud charges in New York, is seeking a plea bargain, according to a story on Islandnow.com. Nissen is facing charges related to an alleged Ponzi scheme where he enlisted investors to buy into a scheme... Read more
Ticketmaster, Live Nation Under Fire in Europe
Ticketmaster is facing serious scrutiny from authorities for anti-competitive measures in Spain, while Live Nation has been accused of fraud in Italy, Pollstar is reporting. State prosecutors in Milan have accused ticketing operators, including Live Nation (Ticketmaster’s parent company), of misleading customers about sales figures and directly moving tickets... Read more
Fyre Festival Founder’s Attorney Calls it Quits
Things continue to go sideways for Billy McFarland after the headline-grabbing collapse of his Fyre Festival this spring. McFarland was the primary driving force (along with artist Ja Rule) for the disastrous “luxury” Fyre Festival music festival during the spring. After receiving millions of dollars in investments for the... Read more
Former NECO CEO Nissen Pleads Not Guilty in Fraud Case
Jason Nissen has entered a not guilty plea to federal wire fraud charges in New York. Nissen stands accused of running a $70 million Ponzi scheme with premium event tickets at its core while the CEO of the National Event Ticket Company (NECO), which has since entered bankruptcy proceedings.... Read more
R. Kelly Controversy Causes Concert Cancellations
R&B artist and rapper R. Kelly, most well-known for his 2002 hit, Ignition (Remix), has just cancelled at least three stops on his U.S. ‘After Party’ Tour with uncertainty about at least one more, according to billboard.com. The confirmed cancellations are shows at UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans,... Read more
Rams to St. Louis Fans: We’re Keeping Your Money
“Buyer beware” is apparently the message that the Rams would like to send to the rest of the world. Ronald McAllister was one of thousands of people who had slapped down deposits for Personal Seat Licenses for Rams tickets in St. Louis. It’s only natural that when the team... Read more
Ticketmaster Opens NY Legal Push With Misleading Claim
Is a misleading claim in its opening volley in the quest to shape ticketing law in New York a sign of things to come from Ticketmaster? The ticketing giant was one of many operators in the industry to meet with legislators and officials of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office last... Read more