German Police Raid Local Authority Following Rolling Stones Tickets Scandal
Last week, it was reported that German authorities were being investigated for accepting 100 free tickets to a Rolling Stones concert at Hamburg’s Stadtpark – the first event of its kind at that location after being approved by those very district politicians. Now, BBC News reports that police in... Read more
Fake Ticket Vendor Defrauds 80 Fans at Ed Sheeran Show
British-born but world-renowned pop star Ed Sheeran performed for thousands of fans in Mumbai Sunday night at Bandra- Kurla Complex. Some fans, however, were not so lucky. Mumbai Mirror reports that at a specific meeting point outside the venue, over 80 teenagers came to the realization that the man they... Read more
Student Lawyer Avoids Jail Time for Selling Fake Tickets
Zainab Pervaiz, a 25 year-old student immigration lawyer and cricket player from Walsall, England, went to great lengths to con victims out of thousands of pounds in a scam that promised nonexistent tickets to huge performers like Beyoncé, Adele, and Justin Bieber, according to the Daily Mail. Pervaiz began... Read more
New Laws Crack Down on Ticket Resale in Victoria, Australia
The Labor Government and Daniel Andrews MP announced today several new rules on ticket resale in Victoria, Australia. The Major Events Legislation Amendment (ticket scalping and other matters) Bill 2017 makes it illegal to sell or advertise for resale tickets to certain “declared” events that are marked up more than... Read more
Paradise Papers Broker Lavallee a part of StubHub’s Sellers Council
Julien Lavallee, the central figure in the recent investigation that led to raids on the offices of StubHub and other ticket resale offices in the United Kingdom, is a member of StubHub’s top tier of sellers and the company’s internal “Sellers Council,” according to reporting by Dave Brooks of... Read more
StubHub, Other Resale Offices in UK Raided by Authorities
StubHub’s London offices were raided by investigators from the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority over the summer as part of an investigation into the secondary giants’ partnerships. GetMeIn and Seatwave, which are subsidiaries of Ticketmaster/Live Nation (NASDAQ: LYV) were also required to turn over information related to the... Read more
Opinion: Peering Behind the Propaganda at Why “Verified Fan” Exists
by Sam Pocker, Special to TicketNews I wanted to take a moment to explain Ticketmaster’s “Verified Fan” program as succinctly as possible both to journalists who continue to disseminate the propaganda surrounding it as well as to consumers, managers, and brokers so that each may have a better understanding... Read more
Alleged “Hamilton” Ponzi Schemer Joe Meli Takes Plea Deal
Joe Meli, who faced several charges related to an alleged Ponzi scheme involving duping investors by telling them they could get in on purchase and resale of red-hot “Hamilton” tickets, has accepted a plea deal from the government, according to a piece in the Hollywood Reporter. Meli, a onetime... Read more
Live Nation Forces Metallica to Abandon Ticket Resale Crackdown
News broke over the weekend that Metallica’s planned crackdown against ticket resale for upcoming gigs in the United Kingdom is going to be scrapped. Apparently the band’s own concert promoter – Live Nation – was behind the change in plan. This news shouldn’t be terribly surprising, however – Live... Read more
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizers Make Plans to Counter Ticket Scalping
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee has announced plans to counter ticket scalping ahead of the event, Reuters reported this week. The committee is especially fearful of massive ticket buyouts and inflated resale for the 2020 games given the scalping ring that slowed ticket sales for the... Read more