Coheed and Cambria Fans Fume Over “Platinum” Ticket Confusion
Fans of progressive rock outfit Coheed and Cambria are up in arms over how so-called “official platinum” tickets were sold for the band’s current tour – as Ticketmaster’s dynamic-priced tickets were confused by many purchasers with the band’s “Platinum VIP” tickets for meet & greet opportunities at the same... Read more
Family Pleads Guilty to Masters Golf Tournament Ticket Scheme
A Texas family at the center of a Masters Golf Tournament ticket resale scheme have pleaded guilty to several federal charges. Stephen Michael Freeman will serve a three-year prison term after admitting to stealing identities to manipulate the Masters’ ticket lottery system and access grounds passes, which he then... Read more
IOC Nominates Greek Official Despite Ties to London Ticketing Scam
Despite being linked to a black market ticket sales operation related to the 2012 London Olympics, Greek official Spyros Capralos has been nominated as a member by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), according to the Associated Press. IOC President Thomas Bach defended the selection of Capralos despite his ties... Read more
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