Monopoly Is Not A Game When It Comes To Tickets
by Gary Adler, Special to TicketNews It is beyond dispute that the ticket resale market is growing at an enormous rate. So much so that Live Nation/Ticketmaster has targeted it as a strategic growth market. The secondary market has thrived because legitimate ticket resellers and marketplaces provide great customer... Read more
The Price Fans Pay for the War on Ticket Bots
by Romy Oltusky Mounting tensions between artists, policy makers, and ticket brokers made news earlier this year when Eric Church voided a whopping 25,000 tickets to his Holdin’ My Own tour that the singer’s team identified as having been purchased by scalpers or bots. “The cancellations were to crack down... Read more
Ticketmaster facing ticket scalping allegations
Ticketing giant Ticketmaster is facing new allegations that the company withheld tickets from the recent general on sale for a Nashville, TN Lady Gaga concert, only to list the tickets for sale with significant price mark-ups on secondary ticketing websites. According to an investigation by Nashville’s NewsChannel 5, five... Read more
Euroteam facing bankruptcy after Olympic ticket scandal
Euroteam, an online ticket trader based out of Oslo, Norway, has recently come under severe scrutiny following its selling of what some groups have called “unauthorized” tickets for the recent London Games. According to the company’s official website, Euroteam has “suffered overwhelming challenges during the London Olympics 2012,” and... Read more
Jam band String Cheese Incident fights Ticketmaster fees
Colorado jam band, String Cheese Incident aren’t exactly household names but their recent stand against Ticketmaster has people talking. Back in March the band announced plans for a 2012 summer tour, and that fans could purchase tickets to their shows from their official website at face value without the... Read more
Ticketmaster complies with FTC regulations for TicketsNow link
Live Nation Entertainment Inc. announced that their Ticketmaster unit has resumed providing customers with a link to the company’s ticket resale website TicketsNow. According to Bloomberg, TicketsNow, which provides consumers with an alternative for purchasing tickets to sold-out events, received criticism from U.S. regulators and musician Bruce Springsteen who... Read more
The Minnesota Vikings benefited from one of football’s most memorable “Hail Mary” passes in week 15 of the 1980 season, when Tommy Kramer’s 48-yard touchdown pass to Ahmad Rashad as time expired gave the Vikings a dramatic 28-23 win over the Cleveland Browns and clinched the NFC Central for... Read more
Paperless ticketing has become Live Nation Entertainment’s latest weapon against the secondary market. Twenty percent of tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s performances in New Jersey this April will be paperless, Live Nation announced. Doing so prevents the resale of these tickets on secondary outlets, such as Ebay-owned Stub Hub, or... Read more
Police arrest 97 for Olympics-related offenses including ticket resale
Last week the London Metropolitan Police Unit arrested almost 100 individuals in connection to offenses regarding the 2012 Summer Olympics. British Home Secretary Theresa May reported at British security think tank the Royal United Services Institute that 97 arrests had been made by Operation Podium, a dedicated unit of... Read more
North Carolina venue looks to block ticket resale
The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) recently starting working to take advantage of a North Carolina ticket resale law that allows venues to bar online resale of tickets for their upcoming events. Under this law, the venue must first file a notice with the secretary of state and pay... Read more