Bowing to pressure from state, federal and Canadian authorities, Ticketmaster Entertainment said today that it was going to turn over to officials “certain information about TicketsNow’s broker clients and their sales activities.” In an email to TicketsNow clients, Ticketmaster outlined some of its reasons for doing it, stressing that... Read more
A proposal to eliminate the speculative selling of tickets for events in Arkansas has been delayed while a state House committee reviews the measure. Last week, the proposed bill, SB966 which was sponsored by Sen. Larry Teague, prohibits brokers and others from selling tickets to events in the state,... Read more
With new federal money coming into state coffers because of the stimulus package, New York Gov. David Patterson has dropped a plan for a proposed 4 percent tax on event tickets from his upcoming budget. The proposed ticket tax was one of several taxes or fees that the governor... Read more
The New York State Assembly is considering a proposed bill that would mandate that at least 7 percent of the tickets for sale for a sporting event be affordable, if the game is played in a facility that received taxpayer money to help build it. Bill number A00508, sponsored... Read more
A Washington, DC-based law firm has launched its own investigation into the business practices of Ticketmaster Entertainment and its subsidiary TicketsNow as it relates to the companies’ handling of the recent onsales for Bruce Springsteen tickets. Finkelstein Thompson LLP is the latest entity to question how the two companies... Read more
New York Governor David Patterson is proposing to add a 4 percent sales tax on event tickets in the next fiscal year, a plan that could take hold considering the budget deficit the state government is facing. And, to add insult to injury, New York City, home to Broadway,... Read more
If there is one thing that ticket brokers know, it is that as the secondary ticket market has grown over the years, so has the level of scrutiny that governments have placed on the industry. And one of the areas most studied is tax revenue, as some states and... Read more
Despite praising the company for cooperating with authorities, an Arkansas judge this week ruled that Ticket Software LLC, parent company of TicketNetwork and TicketNews, is subject to certain state laws for the ticket company’s involvement in a Hannah Montana ticketing case. Both the Arkansas Attorney General’s office, and state... Read more
Former Ohio State Representative John Widowfield, who was charged with buying Ohio State University football tickets with campaign money and selling them for his own personal profit, is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court next week to be arraigned. Widowfield has admitted to the charges and Franklin... Read more
Hot on the heels of North Carolina adopting new ticket resale laws, New Jersey has also joined the ranks of states allowing for ticket resale over the Internet. But, ticket brokers in the Garden State will still be hamstrung by a provision that limits resale to no more than... Read more