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Assistant AG Confirms Live Nation Antitrust Investigation
At an antitrust enforcement oversight hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, confirmed that Live Nation (NASDAQ: LYV) is under investigation for alleged anti-competitive behavior and its adherence to a 2010 consent decree. While he... Read more
Penn State Students Air Frustration Over New “Safetix” System
In August, Live Nation trumpeted that Penn State would be the first university to roll out its much-touted “Safetix” system in the fall of 2019 – but things haven’t gone nearly as smoothly as both sides may have hoped, it seems. A mobile-only and dynamically-changing barcode system,  “Safetix” is... Read more
Fans Caught Up in NHL Seattle Anti-“Broker” Crusade
The ownership of the yet-to-be-named NHL expansion franchise set to debut in the 2021-22 season in Seattle have taken a hard line early against ticket resale, purging several fans from their season ticket holder deposit list for “possible broker activity.” “We understand that our season-ticket members may, on occasions,... Read more
Fan Fair Alliance Vows More Viagogo Fight, Despite CMA Clearance
Last week, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority suspended legal action against resale marketplace Viagogo, announcing that it has “addressed outstanding concerns” about proper disclosures on its website for consumers. That, apparently, isn’t good enough for the Fan Fair Alliance. In a letter published by Iq-mag.net, FFA spokesperson Adam... Read more
Report: Merger of AEG Facilities, SMG Clears Regulatory Hurdles
Billboard is reporting that the proposed merger between AEG Facilities and SMG has been cleared by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), as well as the U.S. Department of Justice. A formal closing of the deal that would create the world’s biggest company in facility management is expected... Read more
Fans Report Major Mobile Entry Woes on NFL’s Opening Weekend
With the NFL’s first regular season weekend in the books, stories are rolling in from around the country of frustrated fans and long lines as the league and its main primary ticketing provider – Ticketmaster – shake out the bugs of their new “safetix” mobile-entry (and only mobile) ticketing... Read more
Artists Call on Ticketmaster to Drop Facial Recognition Tech Plans
Artists including Tom Morello, The Glitch Mob, Speedy Ortiz and Atmosphere are among those who are throwing their support behind a campaign asking that Ticketmaster ban facial recognition software at concerts and other live events. “I don’t want Big Brother at my shows targeting fans for harassment, deportation, or... Read more
In an email sent to Pollstar, Live Nation dismissed last week’s call by a pair of senators for a hard look at the company by the Department of Justice (DOJ), accusing competitors of using misinformation related to their business practices and insisting that the DOJ has already been monitoring... Read more
CMA Action Against Viagogo Halted After Website Changes
Viagogo appears to be out of hot water with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the United Kingdom, at least for the time being. The government agency announced Thursday that the resale marketplace had “addressed its outstanding concerns” about how it presented information to consumers, causing it to... Read more
Vivid Seats Reportedly Among Potential StubHub Suitors
Vivid Seats LLC is reportedly among the interested parties as eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) considers spinning off leading ticket resale marketplace StubHub, according to numerous outlets. Bloomberg says that Silver Lake and KKR & Co. are also among those considering a bid, and that bids could range as high as $3... Read more