President Biden Adds Support to Ticket “Junk” Fee Regulations
Fresh on the heels of the Federal Trade Commission’s vote in favor of rulemaking regarding “junk” fees, President Biden threw his weight behind the effort, which may profoundly impact how the live event ticketing business operates. While no specifics were detailed on what action might be taken, the President’s... Read more
FTC Announces Plans to Issue “Drip Pricing” Fee Regulations
The Federal Trade Commission voted to issue an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Junk Fees on Thursday, which could involve regulation surrounding so-called “drip pricing” tactics in event ticketing. Drip pricing is the tactic of showing one price to consumers at the start of a transaction, only to... Read more
Rep. Pascrell Asks FTC, DOJ to Overturn Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger
Rep. Bill Pascrell has written a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice requesting that the agencies target the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger as part of a joint inquiry designed at modernizing merger regulations. The New Jersey Democrat, who has been a staunch critic of the... Read more
FTC Online Ticket Sales Workshop Schedule Announced
Coming less than two weeks away on June 11, the FTC Online Ticket Sales Workshop – “That’s the Ticket” – will feature three panel discussions and a keynote, according to the schedule the organization released this week detailing the day’s discussions. A who’s who of industry professionals and economic... Read more
NATB Applauds FTC Workshop on Ticketing; Slams Ticketmaster “Anticompetitive Practices”
The National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) issued a statement applauding the recent announcement that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would be holding a “workshop” in the spring of 2019 to examine the ticketing marketplace. In his statement, Gary Adler, Executive Director and Counsel of the NATB, calls it... Read more
FTC Announces “Public Workshop” Examining Ticketing in Spring 2019
The Federal Trade Commission is holding a “public workshop” to examine consumer protection and competition issues within the online event ticketing world, announced on Thursday. The workshop will take place on March 27, 2019. “The online event ticket industry has been a frequent topic of consumer and competitor complaints,”... Read more
Google Ticketing Certification Asking Resellers to Surpass FTC Face Value Rules
As the guidelines and requirements of Google’s recent declaration continue to be unpacked and sorted out, one huge question hangs over the world of ticketing: According to the rules Google has proposed for secondary sales sites that want to be certified to advertise using their AdWords system, the Federal... Read more