CCB Deems Ticketmaster Secret Scalper Program Not Illegal
Canada’s Competition Bureau (CCB) found that Ticketmaster’s secret scalper program TradeDesk does not break federal competition legislation and has officially closed its investigation. On Thursday, the CCB said that it is up to the provinces to enforce consumer protection and unfair business practice legislation, and the office of Economic... Read more
Tampa Bay’s Poor Sales an Outgrowth of Anti-Broker Crusade
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are having trouble filling their stadium this season, and according to several fans and industry insiders, the team’s anti-broker tactics are fueling the lack of attendance. Multiple ticket brokers have commented that when the team was doing poorly, their sales staff looked the other way... Read more
Strip Club Exec, Carton Co-Defendant Takes Guilty Plea in Fraud Case
Michael Wright, Craig Carton’s co-defendant in an alleged multi-million dollar ticket Ponzi scheme, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud for his role in the operation last week. The strip club executive faces up to 20 years in prison for the charge, according to a release from the... Read more
Ticketmaster President Responds to CBC/Toronto Star Resale Reports
On Tuesday, in the wake of negative reports related to its practices in ticket resale and following a letter demanding answers from a pair of U.S. Senators, Ticketmaster’s Jared Smith wrote a blog post defending his company’s policies, posted to a company blog site. In it, the Ticketmaster president... Read more
Detroit Tigers Season Ticket Holders At Risk Amid Michigan Resale Bill
A change to the laws regulating ticket resale in Michigan is brewing, and it may spell bad news for individuals with season memberships for the Detroit Tigers, TicketNews has learned. House Bill No. 4224, introduced in February by Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw), removes language prohibiting ticket resale for above... Read more
Brett Kavanaugh Says Baseball Ticket Debts Were Above-Board
Embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been grilled by Democratic members of the Senate Judicial Committee hoping to forestall his lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land, says the hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt he incurred related to the purchase of Washington Nationals... Read more
Ticket Resale Could Play Role in Supreme Court Confirmation Fight
As the likely battle over the nomination of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court heats up, tickets have taken an unexpected place in the discussion. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Kavanaugh, who currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District... Read more
Ticketmaster Suit Continues Against Broker For Illegal Bot Use
Ticketmaster filed a lawsuit against the Connecticut-based broker Prestige Entertainment last year for allegedly using illegal technology “bots” to score thousands of popular tickets to re-sell. In 2015, Prestige Entertainment purchased a large amount of tickets from the site for a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.... Read more
Ticket Broker Gifts Two Marines Stanley Cup Tickets After Scam
A scammer ripped off a pair of U.S. Marines with a bogus listing for two tickets to the Stanley Cup finals on Craigslist, but the story had a happy ending when a ticket broker – Roger Jones of VegasTickets.com – saw coverage of the fraud on the news and... Read more
Ed Sheeran’s Management Admits to Selling Directly to Resellers
In the middle of a crackdown on Ed Sheeran tickets purchased on the secondary market for his current tour in the UK – leading to major fan complaints – Ed Sheeran’s management has admitted to selling tickets directly at least one operator in the secondary market on past tours.... Read more