The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) has officially joined the fight against paperless ticketing. On Friday, January 20, the Washington, DC-based advocacy organization presented the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and several state attorneys general with a 71-page white paper authored by James D. Hurwitz. The message of Hurwitz’s paper was... Read more
Recent instances of counterfeit tickets at Green Bay Packers home games has prompted local officials to caution fans to check the authenticity of tickets for upcoming NFL playoff games. Police seized about 25 fake tickets at Lambeau Field during the December 25 game against the Chicago Bears, costing buyers... Read more
The London Olympics are less than a year away, and the city’s Metropolitan Police force already has made more than 90 ticket-related arrests as part of its Operation Podium fraud investigation program. Police said this week that the arrests were designed to send a message that nefarious activity around... Read more
Fan groups and legislators are pushing the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider the NFL’s home-game blackout rule. The policy denies people from watching games on local television when the home team does not sell all of its tickets. Since 1973, the NFL has stipulated that a game that has... Read more
Concert promoters and artist managers in the United Kingdom are calling on the country’s culture secretary to back a proposal that would cap resold ticket profits at 10 percent above face value. The plan was initially proposed in Parliament earlier this year by member Sharon Hodgson, but it has... Read more
Eventbrite suffers possible security breach
Ticketing and event management company Eventbrite is dealing with a possible security breach following the theft of two iPads that contained personal information of some of its customers. The company was using the iPads as part of its new Eventbrite At The Door ticketing solution, which allows venues or... Read more
Supporters of a proposal to regulate ticket resale in Massachusetts far outnumbered opponents of the bill during a public hearing this week, a show of strength that could help the legislation eventually become law. No immediate decision was reached at the hearing before the state legislature’s Joint Committee on... Read more
Philadelphia’s Trocadero breaks Ticketmaster contract
The Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, the subject of a bankruptcy case, is being allowed to break its ticketing contract with Ticketmaster for one that is allegedly more venue-friendly through Ticketfly. The bankruptcy court ruling last week was based, in part, on the “burdensome” terms of the Ticketmaster contract, which... Read more
A proposed bill that would essentially wipe out the ticket resale market in the Canadian province of Quebec could end up being watered down to allow for a regulated secondary market. Government officials concluded two days of hearings about the bill today, September 13, and are considering some changes... Read more
Cincinnati stadium tax supporters push for spring ballot
Supporters of a proposal in Cincinnati to tax tickets to fund operations of the city’s two major sports stadiums failed to gather enough signatures to put the initiative on the November ballot, but they are pushing ahead to put it on a ballot in the spring. The group Citizens’... Read more