MLB, Ticketmaster Ask Court to Pause Discovery in COVID-19 Refund Lawsuit
Major League Baseball and all of its teams joined its ticketing partners including Ticketmaster and StubHub in asking the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to put discovery on hold in a class action lawsuit over refunds related to games cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed... Read more
NFL May Ask Fans to Sign Coronavirus Waiver to Attend
According to a report in The Athletic, the NFL is considering requiring fans sign a liability waiver to attend games this fall. Signing the document would indicate an agreement not to hold the league responsible if they were to catch COVID-19 while catching a game. It is likely to... Read more
Artist Group Calls for Antitrust Investigation of Live Nation
In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the Artist Rights Alliance, Center for Digital Democracy, and Future of Music Coalition have asked for an investigation of Live Nation for “monopolistic behavior and abuses,” stemming from the company’s consideration of changes to its contract terms in the wake of... Read more
StubHub-Viagogo Merger Taken to Phase 2 Scrutiny by UK CMA
StubHub’s acquisition by Viagogo will face additional scrutiny from the UK’s Competition and Market’s Authority, which announced that it will move to a “Phase 2” review of the $4 Billion transaction Thursday. The purchase, which was announced in November and completed in February, has been under “Phase 1” investigation... Read more
Texas Governor Approves NASCAR Race at 50% Attendance
The return of fans to NASCAR events will continue to grow, as Texas Governor Greg Abbott approved Texas Motor Speedway’s plans for opening to as many as 50% of its 135,000 seating capacity for a race rescheduled to July 19th at the venue. “Texans are eager for sporting and... Read more
StubHub Refund Policy Change May Run Afoul of Massachusetts Law
StubHub’s Covid-19 policy shift against allowing refunds for cancelled events may run afoul of Massachusetts law, according to consumer rights activists. More than 100 consumer complaints have been received in the state, according to a report by WCVB. The ticket resale marketplace changed its terms in March as thousands... Read more
Ticketmaster Settles Maryland Lawsuit Over Resale Service Fees
Fans who purchased resale tickets to Hamilton in Baltimore will see some of their money back from Ticketmaster, after the ticketing giant reached a settlement with Maryland’s attorney general announced late last week. The settlement ends a lawsuit brought by Brian Frosh’s office against the California-based entertainment giant which... Read more
Woodstock 50 Organizers File Lawsuit Against Former Financial Partner
Woodstock 50 – the epic event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1969 festival – was officially called-off last year due to several setbacks. Now, the organizers behind the event have filed a lawsuit against their former financial partner for its “destruction of the festival.” According to a... Read more
UK Man Sentenced To Jail Over Wimbledon Ticket Resale
A British scalper was handed a six-month prison sentence for his involvement in illegal trading of tickets to last year’s Wimbledon tennis championships. Kent native Luke McKay was caught by authorities last year setting up a private Facebook group to trade black market tickets but had refused to name... Read more
Live Nation Pulls Out Of Acquisition, OCESA Considers Legal Action
Live Nation Entertainment revealed this week that it has officially pulled out of an agreed acquisition deal for a majority stake in the leading Latin American music promoter, OCESA. Now, the Mexico-based company is considering legal action. Originally, Live Nation was set to acquire a 51% stake in OCESA... Read more