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
Ticketmaster Talks Bot Bans, Defends Holdbacks in Canada Testimony
In testimony given Tuesday to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC) of Canada’s House of Commons, Ticketmaster and Vivid Seats agreed that governmental action against Bots is welcomed by many within the ticketing industry. But the companies diverged on whether or not action should be taken on holdbacks... Read more
New Jersey Legislature Kills Holdback Limits With No Hearings
A law was snuck through the New Jersey legislature over the weekend with no public hearing, bringing potential changes to the way ticket resale is regulated in the Garden State. Most notably, the legislation removes a 5% cap on held back tickets that had been in place since 2009.... Read more
Shubert ‘Fighting Scalping,’ but Also Selling 300% Mark-Up Tickets Through Own Subsidiary
The Shubert Organization, one of the primary organizations lobbying hard to add onerous restrictions to the right of consumers to re-sell their own tickets in New York, is in fact a major player in the secondary market itself, scalping its own tickets at steep markup while misleading consumers that... Read more
Proposed New York Regulations Fail Consumers By Ignoring Holdbacks
New York’s laws related to ticketing are in the final stages of a proposed re-write, with the draft bill in Albany putting heavy emphasis on adding onerous regulations to the secondary ticket market. While it adds a number of regulatory hurdles for legal resale, it does nothing to address... Read more
“Sizable Block” Of Holdbacks Precipitate Rapid Jimmy Buffett Sellout
It’s not uncommon to hear tales of tickets going on sale for a popular artist, only to see them gone before almost anyone in the public has a shot at scoring some. What is rare, however, is to see it blamed on the promoter holding back tickets, rather than... Read more
Report: StubHub Confirms MLB Teams Scalp Own Tickets
Reporting by the Toronto Star in a bombshell piece timed for Major League Baseball’s opening day confirms that teams profit wildly from ticket resale, particularly through restricting fans to a single marketplace in exchange for a cut of the profits. The reporting confirms what common sense (and industry insiders)... Read more
Former Live Nation Chairman Cohl Throws Water on Constant “Bot” Blame
Longtime Toronto concert promoter and former Live Nation chairman Michael Cohl might be an unlikely source to find throwing water on the constant blaming of “bot” usage whenever a concert sells out in moments. But expecting the unexpected seems to be the way to go in 2018 (much like... Read more
German Police Raid Local Authority Following Rolling Stones Tickets Scandal
Last week, it was reported that German authorities were being investigated for accepting 100 free tickets to a Rolling Stones concert at Hamburg’s Stadtpark – the first event of its kind at that location after being approved by those very district politicians. Now, BBC News reports that police in... Read more
Customer Complaint Alleges Ticketmaster Holdbacks at Jones Beach Theater
When you log on to a primary ticketing site right at onsale time to purchase tickets for your favorite artist and are still met with no availability, sellers would have you believe that the artist is just that popular. Sure, hundreds of tickets can sell out immediately when demand exceeds... Read more