Representatives Ask Biden Officials to Probe Live Nation-Ticketmaster “Monopoly”
Five U.S. Representatives have asked the Biden Administration to take steps towards more strongly regulating the live event tickets marketplace, particularly with its handling of the “longtime Live Nation-Ticketmaster monopoly.” Longtime critics of the industry and the enormous business at its center Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and... Read more
Seattle Sounders Apologize to Fans After Ticketmaster Onsale Fiasco
Confusing messages and copious errors plagued the Seattle Sounders ticket sale for season ticket members this week, prompting an apology from the MLS franchise to its fans. The franchise, which returned to using Ticketmaster during the off-season after previously having SeatGeek handle its ticketing needs, apologized Tuesday afternoon after... Read more
Poirier-McGregor 3 UFC Bout Headlines Tickets On Sale
The recently announced Las Vegas showdown between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor at UFC 264 headlines this week’s tickets on sale – bringing back high-profile combat sports to Las Vegas on July 10. The bout between Poirier, currently the UFC’s No. 1 contender in the lightweight division, and McGregor,... Read more
Texas Rangers Open Season With Near Full-Capacity Crowd of 38,282
Baseball is back, and so are fans – particularly in Texas. The Rangers opened their doors this week to a crowd of 38,232, not including numerous tickets gifted to health care workers – making the game sellout. The game is believed to be the highest attendance event since the... Read more
Arizona Governor Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses, Events
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey lifted restrictions on businesses and events in the state, effectively paving the way for live events to return at the discretion of event operators and venues. The Republican  announced the changes Thursday, alongside a new rule prohibiting local authorities from enforcing mask mandates outside of... Read more
Sportsbooks Coming to Stadiums In the US
In early 2020, the NFL and NFL Players’ Association agreed about the future of sports betting in NFL stadiums. Though the NBA helped lead the charge in 2018 to repeal the Supreme Court’s 1992 PASPA ruling against oddsmakers, the NFL became the first US major league to open up... Read more
NFL Announces Plans Allow 22,000 at Super Bowl LV in Tampa
Super Bowl LV will have fans in attendance, according to an announcement from the NFL released Friday morning. Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay will have approximately 22,000 in the building for the game, which takes place in early February. That amounts to roughly 1/3 the full capacity of... Read more
StageFront Signs Ticketing Partnership for International Champions Cup
Relevant Sports Group has entered a three-year ticketing deal with StageFront related to the International Champions Cup, which they hope will go on as planned in 2021 with fans in attendance. StageFront will serve as both a sponsor and ticketing partner for the ICC men’s event, which features a... Read more
Bills to Allow Fans for Playoffs – With Ticket Rules That Violate NY Law
For the first time this season, Buffalo Bills fans will be allowed to watch their team in person. New York’s government has authorized just over 6,000 attendance for playoff games taking place in the Western New York city. The rights of those fans to use, gift, or resell those... Read more
Seattle Sounders FC Shifts Ticketing Back to Ticketmaster
Seattle Sounders FC announced late last week that it would be shifting ticketing providers to Ticketmaster, replacing SeatGeek after three years. Ticketmaster previously served as the primary and resale ticketing partner for the MLS franchise since its debut in 2009 through the 2017 season. “We are thrilled to return... Read more