Watch: In the Dark: Lack of Transparency in the Live Event Ticketing Industry
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce is holding its hearing on ticketing Wednesday morning in Washington D.C. Titled “In the Dark: Lack of Transparency in the Live Event Ticketing Industry” the hearing will feature six representatives of leaders in ticketing answering questions... Read more
Speculative Tickets Easy to Find, Regardless of Marketplace
The dangers of so-called “speculative ticketing” are often brought up any time issues in the live event ticketing industry are mentioned. Such listings – tickets posted for sale that the person posting does not own and has no agreement to purchase them at the time listed – are blamed... Read more
Astros Fan Has Season Tickets Revoked For Cheating Lawsuit
A Texas man has been revoked of his minor league baseball season tickets in response to his lawsuit against the embattled Houston Astros. Bob Hilliard, a longtime season ticket owner with the Astros’ AA affiliate Corpus Christi Hooks, was stripped of his annual package weeks before a new season... Read more
House Committee Sets Ticketing Industry Hearing for February 26
The schedule has been set for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s hearing on the ticketing ecosystem, which will take place on Wednesday, February 26 in Washington D.C. Titled “In the Dark: Lack of Transparency in the Live Event Ticketing Industry,” the hearing will kick off at 10... Read more
Pascrell Rejects Pearl Jam’s Criticism of BOSS Act
U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) responded to a letter from the rock band Pearl Jam, who had asked the representative to consider changing the BOSS Act. The letter, penned by Pearl Jam, was sent to Pascrell, as well as House and Energy Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr.... Read more
Monitoring Trustee Appointed For Live Nation Consent Decree Case
Mark Filip, a Kirkland & Ellis partner and former deputy attorney general, has been recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice to monitor Live Nation Entertainment and Ticketmaster’s compliance with their extended consent decree. Ticketmaster and its parent company Live Nation were accused of violating the terms of the... Read more
A Generation Later, Pearl Jam Shifts From Fighting Monopoly To Lobbying On Its Behalf
Pearl Jam, which once famously fought against Ticketmaster’s dominant control of the concert business, is now advocating for changes that the Live Nation-owned ticketing giant would love to see to the proposed BOSS Act. The rock band penned a letter to New Jersey Democratic representatives Bill Pascrell and Frank... Read more
Two “Touts” Convicted In UK For Violating Law
Two British ticket scalpers who used multiple identities and bots to buy over £4 million worth of tickets have been convicted on fraud charges. Peter Hunter and David Smith, known as Ticket Wiz and BZZ, were exposed to the public after The Guardian investigated into the secondary market in... Read more
StubHub Fined 1.3M Penalty By Canadian Competition Bureau
As part of an agreement with the Canada’s Competition Bureau, StubHub Canada Ltd. and StubHub Inc. will pay a $1.3 million penalty to correct what the Bureau found led to misleading pricing claims on their sites. After an investigation, the Bureau found that StubHub had advertised tickets on their... Read more
Live Nation Suing Bootleg Merch Vendors Outside Post  Malone Shows
Live Nation is reportedly suing anyone who tries to sell fake merchandise at Post Malone shows. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Live Nation is asking for restraining orders against any vendors attempting to sell fake merchandise outside of Post Malone’s show in Newark New Jersey, as... Read more