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UK Regulator Greenlights Plan for Viagogo-StubHub Merger
More than a year after StubHub’s purchase by Viagogo was announced, the merger is expected to begin moving forward once again with the blessing of the Competition and Markets Authority of the UK. The competition regulator said it “proposes to accept” a plan for StubHub to spin off its... Read more
NYC Mayor Announces Plans for Broadway Reopening by September
A Broadway reopening will happen in 2021, according to mayor Bill de Blasio. The performance spaces which have been shuttered for more than a year will reopen by September, with the mayor’s administration helping facilitate that goal, according to a press conference on Thursday. “Broadway needs to come back,... Read more
Ticket Summit 2021 Headed to Aria Las Vegas August 15-17
Ticket Summit will be back in 2021, returning to Las Vegas for an August show at the Aria Resort & Casino, organizers announced Thursday morning. The annual trade show, which brings together leaders and businesses operating in ticketing and live entertainment, will run from August 15-17 at the hotel located... Read more
Maryland Lawmakers Considering Bills Bolstering Consumer Ticket Rights, Privacy
Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a pair of bills that would grant consumers in the state stronger rights over tickets they purchase to events, as well as increased protection against the sharing of their personal information with partners of ticketing vendors, venues, teams and promoters. The two bills, House... Read more
UK Regulator Rules Viagogo Must Sell International StubHub Operations
The Competition and Markets Authority announced Tuesday that Viagogo must spin off some StubHub operations to address competition concerns it had with the merger, which has been held up by the UK regulator since early 2020. Viagogo, which paid an estimated $4 billion to purchase the ticket resale marketplace... Read more
Broadway’s Jujamcyn Theaters Drop Ticketmaster for SeatGeek
SeatGeek is coming to Broadway. The ticketing provider, based in New York, was announced as the new ticketing partner for the Jujamcyn Theaters chain in a multi-year deal covering five theaters. It is SeatGeek’s first partnership on the Great White Way, and replaces Jujamcyn’s current ticketing vendor, Ticketmaster. “As... Read more
Coachella, Stagecoach Festivals Spiked Again by California Health Officials
For the second straight year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Festival have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Public health officials announced the postponement on Friday, issuing an order barring the events from taking place in April as planned due to the ongoing spike... Read more
Justice Department, FTC Announce Settlements in BOTS Act Enforcement
The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission announced three settlements with businesses resolving alleged violations of the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act. The settlements mark the first-ever enforcement actions of the Obama-era law, which is designed to prohibit the use of automated software in the acquisition of tickets... Read more
New York Reopening Efforts Plan Deployment of Rapid COVID Testing
In his State of the State address earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated his administration is planning to allow live events with fans in attendance beginning as soon as February. The plans are centered around the ramping up of rapid testing sites in the state, coupled... Read more
Glastonbury Festival 2021 Cancelled as Organizers Look to 2022 Return
For the second straight year, there will be no Glastonbury Festival, organizers reveled in a website post Thursday. The ongoing COVID pandemic led organizers to officially call off the annual summer fete, which normally occurs in June. “With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will... Read more