Opinion: Transfer Restrictions Now a Public Health Issue 
At last month’s hearing on the ticketing industry, members of congress heard testimony pointing out the anti-competitive and privacy-violating potential for ticketing systems that bar consumer choice over tickets they have purchased. In the new normal that we will see once the Covid-19 pandemic winds down, a new potential... Read more
Speculative Tickets Easy to Find, Regardless of Marketplace
The dangers of so-called “speculative ticketing” are often brought up any time issues in the live event ticketing industry are mentioned. Such listings – tickets posted for sale that the person posting does not own and has no agreement to purchase them at the time listed – are blamed... Read more
AXS Awarded $5 Million, Five-Year Contract From Denver Government
Ticketing company AXS was renewed for a five-year, $5 million contract with taxpayer-owned venues in Denver this week. The deal, which was unanimously voted on by Denver City Council members, makes AXS the official booking agent for venues like the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Bellco Theatre, the Colorado... Read more
AEG Facilities, SMG Merger Finalized To Become ASM Global
AEG Facilities and SMG have officially completed their merger this week to create ASM Global. AEG Facilities, the venue management subsidiary of AEG, announced the deal with the Onex-owned SMG in February, which was just cleared by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority as well as the U.S. Department... Read more
AEG Confirms Buyout of Partners for Full Ownership of AXS
On Thursday, AEG confirmed Billboard’s reporting that it had bought out its former partners to take sole operational control of AXS ticketing, acquiring the outstanding shares from Outbox Holdings and Flash Seats. The move “will allow the company to camptalize on the projected growth of the global online event... Read more
Billboard: AEG Buys Out Partners to Take Sole Ownership of AXS
Billboard is reporting that AEG has bought out its partners TPG Capital and Rockbridge Growth Equity, and now owns AXS outright, which will allow it to better adjust to rapidly changing market dynamics in the ticketing ecosystem. Prior to the reported consolidation, all decisions involving the business required unanimous... Read more
Denver Venue Promises Cancellation of “Fraudulent” Tickets for Tame Impala Show
A Denver concert venue wanted to take a different approach with ticketing for an upcoming Tame Impala show, but the idea backfired. Now, it wants to cancel fans’ “fraudulent” purchases on the secondary market. Tame Impala, the psychedelic rock band fronted by Kevin Parker, is visiting the city on... Read more
Rival Ticketing Firm Works With Ticketmaster During Client Transition
The ticketing firm Rival is working with Ticketmaster to help its first client – Kroenke Sports & Entertainment – transition as its contract with AXS closes this summer. This is familiar territory, since Rival’s founder Nathan Hubbard was the former CEO of Ticketmaster. Kroenke’s contract with AXS will end... Read more
AXS, YouTube Team Up For Ticket Integration Through Artist Channels
Now, while browsing videos on YouTube, fans will have the ability to purchase tickets for live shows through the video sharing service’s partnership with ticketing site AXS. Fans can securely purchase tickets straight from a music video from on a YouTube official artist channel. Listings in the U.S. from... Read more
AXS Announces PayPal As Official Digital Payments Provider
The AEG-owned ticketing platform AXS revealed its integration with PayPal as its official digital payments provider for tickets sold on the site in the U.S. and U.K. Fans will now have the ability to enter their PayPal account information when purchasing tickets through AXS and can receive payments through... Read more