Former NECO CEO Nissen Sentenced to 27 Months in Ponzi Case
Jason Nissen, the former CEO of the National Event Ticket Company (NECO) was handed a 27 month sentence from U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmeyer in Manhattan Friday after pleading guilty to a single count of wire fraud related to a $71 million Ponzi scheme involving his business. “Somehow I... Read more
Live Nation Dismisses Senators’ Call for Investigation of Consent Decree
In an email sent to Pollstar, Live Nation dismissed last week’s call by a pair of senators for a hard look at the company by the Department of Justice (DOJ), accusing competitors of using misinformation related to their business practices and insisting that the DOJ has already been monitoring... Read more
R. Kelly Sex Crimes Trial Set For April 2020
R. Kelly’s trial for charges of child pornography, enticement, and obstruction of justice has been scheduled for next April. The announcement came on Wednesday during a hearing where Kelly pleaded not guilty to all charges. Kelly has been held in a Chicago correctional facility since June and it was... Read more
CMA Action Against Viagogo Halted After Website Changes
Viagogo appears to be out of hot water with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the United Kingdom, at least for the time being. The government agency announced Thursday that the resale marketplace had “addressed its outstanding concerns” about how it presented information to consumers, causing it to... Read more
Rams Lawsuit Blocked from Arbitration by Missouri Supreme Court
St. Louis will have the chance to fight in court against the Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the National Football League, a Missouri Supreme Court ruled this week. While Kroenke motioned to move the suit into arbitration, the high court denied his request and will allow legal... Read more
Celebrities Sued by Fyre Fest Trustee Over Failed Event
The trustee in the Fyre Festival bankcrupty case is still trying to recoop the funds investors lost from the failed event in 2017. In an attempt to get some money back, the trustee has sued a handful of celebrities involved in the promotion of the festival. One lawsuit is... Read more
Sens Blumenthol, Klobuchar Urge DOJ Inquiry into Live Nation
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Blumenthol (D-CT) are urging the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation into the live entertainment industry in a letter to Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division. Their request is based upon reports that Ticketmaster and its parent... Read more
NFL Hires Jay-Z’s Roc Nation As Its ‘Live Music Entertainment Strategist’
The National Football League needs a little help with its image; last year, nearly dozens of people declined to perform at the once-iconic but now infamous Superbowl Halftime show. Now, the league has recruited hip-hop artist Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation to consult with live music and social justice. According... Read more
Fan Dies At Slipknot’s Knotfest Roadshow In Illinois
During a Slipknot concert over the weekend, a man died after reportedly collapsing near the show’s mosh pit. The 62-year-old man, Richard Valadez, was attending the concert at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois and was participating in a moshpit – a common occurrence at metal gigs.... Read more
Broadway Producer of Failed ‘Rebecca’ Musical Arrested On Child Porn Charges
A Broadway Producer, whose first big show was set to debut a few years ago before it was cancelled, has been arrested on child pornography charges. Ben Sprecher, 65, was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, the Associated Press reports. While he was released on $100,000 bail,... Read more