Got a Ticketmaster Opinion? Tell a Senator and Make It Official
If there’s one thing that this week’s extraordinary hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary regarding live events and ticketing made clear, it’s that public opinion matters. The hearing, which saw Live Nation Entertainment President and CFO Joe Berchtold put on the defensive from members of the Senate... Read more
NY Lawmakers, AG Warn MSG Over its Continued Ban of Lawyers
Madison Square Garden and its CEO James Dolan continued to defy growing calls for it to stand down with its policy banning lawyers representing clients in litigation against it, despite new pressure from lawmakers and state Attorney General Letitia James this week. James specifically raised questions regarding the legality... Read more
NFL Playoffs Ticket Prices – Philly Fans Paying High Premium
This weekend will feature four teams playing for two chances to head to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona, and fans are scoring tickets for the games in Philadelphia and Kansas City – but the NFC fans are paying a far steeper cost. How much more are tickets to see... Read more
Ticketmaster/Live Nation Slammed in Extraordinary Senate Hearing
Ticketmaster and its parent Live Nation were under heavy fire on Tuesday, as its president and CFO Joe Berchtold was forced to answer withering questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee at its hearing examining the ticketing and live events industry in Washington, D.C. The hearing, which was scheduled in... Read more
Watch: Senate Judiciary Antitrust Hearing on Ticketing Industry
The long-awaited hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to address competition issues in the ticketing and live entertainment business is happening today (Tuesday, January 24) in Washington D.C. The hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., will include testimony from numerous witnesses: Live Nation Entertainment President and... Read more
Live Nation, SeatGeek, Antitrust Inst. Heads Scheduled for Hearing
Live Nation Entertainment President and CFO Joe Berchtold will represent the entertainment giant in Washington on Tuesday morning as the Senate Committee on the Judiciary holds its hearing on the live entertainment and ticketing business. “That’s the Ticket: Promoting Competition and Protecting Consumers in Live Entertainment” is scheduled for... Read more
Live Nation Adds Lobbyist With Direct Ties to Senate Committee
With its hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee set for Tuesday morning, news has come out that Live Nation Entertainment retained yet another high-profile lobbyist in recent months – this time with a longtime and direct connection with the subcommittee running the hearing. Disclosure documents show that... Read more
Zach Bryan Avoids Ticketmaster With “Burn, Burn, Burn” Tour
After issuing blistering criticism of Ticketmaster and its parent Live Nation in recent months – including the naming of his December live release All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster – Zach Bryan was true to his word in announcing touring plans for 2023 that bypass the use of the industry... Read more
Lawmakers, Privacy Advocates Slam MSG for “Weaponized” Biometric Data Use
Madison Square Garden has found itself in the crosshairs of both privacy advocates and lawmakers in New York over its use of facial recognition technology to keep certain individuals out of events at its venues. A coalition took the company, which operates numerous venues in New York and elsewhere,... Read more
Under Fire from Lawmakers, Live Nation Grows Lobbying Efforts
Live Nation Entertainment, already spending far more than any of its competitors on lobbying, has reportedly added to its efforts in that space. The entertainment giant has hired Stewart Strategies and Solutions, a Washington D.C. firm, to lobby on its behalf. The California-based company’s account will be managed by... Read more