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Three People Killed, 12 Injured During Mass Shooting At Gilroy Garlic Festival
Northern California’s 41st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival ended in chaos yesterday when a mass shooting broke out, killing three people and injuring 12 others. During the festival’s third day at Christmas Hill Park, an alleged 30-year-old male with an assault-style rifle opened fire. Police responded within one minute, according... Read more
Billboard Bombshell: Live Nation Admits Artists Scalp Own Tickets
In a rare admission of a commonly known tactic among industry insiders, Live Nation told Billboard that the company has facilitated the practice of bands and promoters directly moving their ticket inventory through resale markets – scalping their own held-back tickets – without them ever being made available to... Read more
Google Suspends Viagogo from Search Advertising Platform
Google has suspended Viagogo from using its search engine marketing adwords platform to reach consumers, multiple outlets are reporting. The action follows a lengthy lobbying campaign by music industry insiders against the Switzerland-based ticket marketplace, which vowed to resolve any concerns which led to the suspension swiftly. “When people... Read more
eBay Moving Forward With Potential StubHub Sale
CNBC is reporting that e-commerce giant eBay is exploring a potential sale of StubHub, with “multiple” parties interested in the potential acquisition of the ticket resale marketplace. Company stock (NASDAQ: EBAY) jumped more than 2% on Monday with the news. The rumors of the sale follow the announcement of... Read more
Ticketmaster, Prestige Entertainment Settle “Bot” case in California
Ticketmaster and Prestige Entertainment have settled a lawsuit regarding the latter’s alleged use of automated programs to purchase numerous tickets by evading the Live Nation-owned giant’s limits. While the ticketing operator achieved one goal of its litigation – a promise by Prestige that it would not use such programs... Read more
Ticketmaster Settles Canada “Drip Pricing” Lawsuit for $4.5 Million
Canada’s Competition Bureau (CCB) says that Ticketmaster will pay $4.5 million in penalties to settle a case related to its online ticket sales operations, according to multiple outlets. The settlement involves a $4 million penalty, plus $500,000 in reimbursement for the costs related to the investigation. “The bureau expects... Read more
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
BOSS Act to Regulate Ticketing Market Reintroduced
A new bill proposing extensive new regulations regarding tickets in the U.S. has been proposed, as a new version of the so-called BOSS Act was announced on Thursday afternoon. U.S. Reps Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reintroduced the act, which has... Read more
Live Updates: FTC Online Event Tickets Workshop
Today is the day, as the ticketing industry visits Washington D.C. for the Federal Trade Commission’s “That’s the Ticket” workshop on Online Ticket Sales. The event, taking place at the Constitution Center, runs from 9:30 AM to approximately 4:30 PM. It will be streamed live on the FTC Website,... Read more
Questions We’d Like to See Answered at the FTC Online Ticket Sales Workshop
On Tuesday morning, the attention of the ticket-buying world will be fixed firmly on Washington D.C., as the Federal Trade Commission hosts its Online Ticket Sales Workshop, set to begin at 9:30 AM. The schedule and panels are posted, so we have a general idea of the topics that... Read more