House Committee Announces Investigation Into Live Event Ticketing
The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Thursday it would be investigating the live event ticketing industry, looking for “potential unfair and deceptive practices” within, according to a press release. Letters were sent to Live Nation, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), Tickets.com, StubHub, Vivid Seats, and TicketNetwork requesting details on... 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
Wakeman: 5 thoughts heading into the FTC Ticketing Workshop
Tomorrow is the FTC’s Online Ticketing Workshop in Washington, DC and with the panels announced and the agenda set, I thought I’d point out a few thoughts I have after reflecting on this for a few moments. I’m expecting a more contentious affair than a lot of other people... 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
Why Everyone in Tickets Needs to be at the FTC’s June Workshop
This post about the upcoming FTC workshop on ticketing in Washington D.C. was written by Dave Wakeman and Eric Fuller. It is reposted with permission from Davewakeman.com On June 11th in Washington, DC, the FTC is hosting a ticket workshop that is loosely framed as being about talking through... Read more
Texas Congressman Calls for Google’s Certification to be “Fair and Impartial”
Signals Bipartisan Support for the FTC Monitoring of Google’s Certification Process The US Minority Ticker Group (USMTG) has added Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas to a growing list of legislators calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to monitor Google’s introduction of their certification process for ticket resellers.... Read more
CT Delegation Requests FTC To Monitor Google’s Rules for Ticket Resellers
At the request of the US Minority Ticketing Group (USMTG), four members of the Connecticut congressional delegation, two senators and two representatives, wrote to the Federal Trade Commission requesting that the commission monitor Google’s implementation of its new registration and certification of ticket resellers advertising through AdWords. Senators Richard... Read more
StubHub Price Disclosure Recommended for FTC Review by Ad Industry Watchdog
The way which prices are displayed on StubHub.com has drawn the ire of the National Advertising Division, which announced this week that it has referred the matter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for review. According to the NAD, the company first requested that StubHub pricing be altered to... Read more
Anti-Bots Bill Passes the US House of Representatives
Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed HR 5104, the “Better On-line Ticket Sales Act of 2016” or the “BOTS Act”. The bill will make unlawful for any person to sell, offer to sell, or use computer software that is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing... Read more