After Consumer-Friendly Revisions, Colorado Ticket Bill Supported
Consumer advocates have come out in support of an amended version of a bill in Colorado that will reshape the regulations surrounding live events and ticketing this week. The bill, SB23-060, initially drew sharp rebuke from many after it was initially drafted, due to what many said was a... Read more
Ticket Titans Azoff, Dolan, and Garth Brooks Attack U.S. Senate on Stage at Pollstar Conference
In January, the US Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on the ticket market, providing a bipartisan slamming of Ticketmaster and Live Nation for decreasing competition in the market by controlling venues, tickets and artists. The next month Senators Amy Klobuchar (Democrat) and Mike Lee (Republican) – Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee... Read more
Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Canada Over Drake Tour Ticket Prices
Fans looking to buy tickets last week to Drake’s upcoming tour were shocked by surged ticket prices, and at least some are turning to the legal system to hold Ticketmaster accountable. A Montreal-based law firm has filed a lawsuit on behalf of consumers, alleging that the ticketing giant “intentionally... Read more
Ronald Regan vs. Swifties – Decoder Podcast Examines Ticketing
A new episode of the Decoder podcast takes a deep dive on the ticketing world, in reaction to the Taylor Swift Eras Tour mess, and the ensuing fallout. The episode hinges on changes in regulatory policy that took place in the 1980s, allowing companies like Live Nation Entertainment/Ticketmaster to... Read more
The Cure Force Ticketmaster Fee Refunds for Fans After “Outrage”
Consumers who purchased tickets during this week’s “verified fan” sale for The Cure shows in North America will see something entirely rare: Ticketmaster coughing up a refund. The Live Nation Entertainment-owned ticketing platform is refunding part of the fees that were drawing outrage this week when many fans pointed... Read more
Live Nation Lobbying Balloons Amid Efforts to Kill Competition
If you’re hearing a lot about how “bots” and “ticket brokers” and “ticket resale” is the real problem in live entertainment and ticketing these days, there’s a good reason for that: Live Nation is paying an awful lot of money to get that message out, to both consumers, and... Read more
DOJ Has Contacted SeatGeek, Paciolan for Ticketmaster/LN Probe
Antitrust lawyers working for the Department of Justice have been in contact with at least two companies in competition with Ticketmaster as part of the investigation into allegations of monopolistic behavior by that company and parent Live Nation Entertainment, according to reporting by Bloomberg. SeatGeek and Paciolan have both... Read more
Ticketing Startup Backed by A-Rod, Marc Lore Launched
Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and business partner Marc Lore have announced a $20 million funding round for a ticketing and fan experience business that they intend to launch to take on Live Nation Entertainment’s Ticketmaster brand. The duo say the startup, called Jump, has secured a total of... Read more
Ticketmaster Announced as Major League Soccer Ticketing Partner
Ticketmaster and Major League Soccer (MLS) announced they have entered into a multi-year agreement that makes the Live Nation Entertainment-owned ticketing giant the official ticketing partner of the top level of North American soccer. SeatGeek had previously served as the Official Ticketing Partner of the MLS, a deal that... Read more
Is Beyonce’s Tour Another Dynamic Ticket Price Mess?
Following the messy presale for Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour dates last year, Live Nation Entertainment and Ticketmaster have been specifically warned about their next high-profile tour sale – but it looks like things are going poorly once again. Rather than a scene of melting down servers due to peak... Read more