Vivid Seats Lobbyists Set Up In Canada Battle Over Fair Ticketing
Secondary ticketing site Vivid Seats is lobbying the federal government in Canada over fair ticketing practices. StrategyCorp’s three lobbyists, Troy Sherman, Brian Teefy, and John Duffy, registered on behalf of Chicago-based Vivid Seats last week, and are set to target Canadian Heritage, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the... Read more
Indiana Lawmakers Considering Bill Banning Non-Transferrable Tickets
Lawmakers in Indiana are considering a bill that would make non-transferrable tickets unlawful in the state, but are facing strong opposition from both sports teams and concert promoters in their efforts. The legislation protects consumer rights to do what they wish with a ticket after they buy it –... Read more
Arizona AG Announces Amended Final Judgement With Live Nation
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich minced no words when announcing the Amended Final Judgment that he and other AGs as well as the Department of Justice had reached with Live Nation related to multiple violations of a 2010 consent decree it entered as part of the approval of its... Read more
Despite Multiple Consent Decree Violations, Live Nation Gets Slap on Wrist from DOJ
The Department of Justice detailed six instances where Live Nation violated a 2010 consent decree by using threats to ensure venue clients used Ticketmaster in court filings made public last week. Such threats, which Live Nation has long denied, were the reason for the DOJ’s plans to bring court... Read more
TicketManager Alleges StubHub Under-reported Commissions, Cut Off Amex Deal
At the core of Spotlight Ticket Management’s lawsuit against StubHub and affiliate system manager AWIN is the company’s relationship with American Express. After sending what it claims is some $85 million worth of sales from AMEX customers to the ticket resale giant, Spotlight (which does business as TicketManager following... Read more
Women Allegedly Defrauded Investors For Scam Sandy Hook Concert
Two women were arrested for allegedly creating a scam concert that would benefit the Sandy Hook Promise charity for shooting victims and defrauded investors. Nancy Jean, 51, of Riverdale, Georgia and Carissa Scott, 41, of Fayette, Mississippi were arrested on Wednesday at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, the... Read more
Endeavor Acquires Majority Stake In On Location Experiences
Endeavor, the global sports and entertainment agency, has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in the premium hospitality company On Location Experiences for $660 million, SportsBusiness reports. The agency reportedly acquired two separate shareholdings for 33 percent each — one held by Redbird Capital and the other by... Read more
Report: Regulators May Prevent Live Nation Owner’s Bid to Buy iHeart Radio
Billionaire John Malone, owner of Liberty Media, plans to acquire iHeartRadio, leaving the Department of Justice wondering if it should intervene. According to the New York Post, sources say that lawyers for the DOJ are scheduled to look into the merger and any potential anti-competitive implications that may follow... Read more
Promoter, Ticketer Bicker Over Festival Failure Reasons
The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is involved in a lawsuit with a ticket seller over issues with the festival’s ticketing process last year, with both sides blaming the other. According to the CBC, the festival is suing the Alberta-based company Canadian Live Productions Inc., which controls the platform... Read more
UK CMA Clears Live Nation Purchase of Irish Promoter
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) provisionally cleared the acquisition of Irish Promoter MCD Productions by Live Nation-Gaiety Holdings last month, and now, after following up on its initial assessment, it found that the acquisition would not lessen the competition in Northern Ireland. The CMA found that Live... Read more