Seattle Sounders FC Shifts Ticketing Back to Ticketmaster
Seattle Sounders FC announced late last week that it would be shifting ticketing providers to Ticketmaster, replacing SeatGeek after three years. Ticketmaster previously served as the primary and resale ticketing partner for the MLS franchise since its debut in 2009 through the 2017 season. “We are thrilled to return... Read more
Ticketmaster Rebrands Anti-Resale Tech For COVID Safety
Ticketmaster this week announced its SmartEvent suite of ticketing technology, essentially rebranding existing anti-resale products as useful for event operators looking to reopen with coronavirus safety measures in mind. Packaged together in SmartEvent are tools designed to allow for varying capacity rules, distancing needs, and data harvesting able to... Read more
Ticketmaster Extends Deal With Kroeneke-Owned Teams, Venues
Ticketmaster will continue on as the official ticketing vendor for teams and venues owned by Kroenke Sports Enterprises, announced Thursday. The Live Nation-owned company took over ticketing Kroeneke properties a year ago on behalf of former CEO Nathan Hubbard’s company Rival, which it later bought outright after the Department... Read more
Opinion: Transfer Restrictions Now a Public Health Issue 
At last month’s hearing on the ticketing industry, members of congress heard testimony pointing out the anti-competitive and privacy-violating potential for ticketing systems that bar consumer choice over tickets they have purchased. In the new normal that we will see once the Covid-19 pandemic winds down, a new potential... Read more
Ticketmaster House Testimony Contradicts Privacy Policy, Prior Statements
When asked by members of congress last month about what data her company had access to for users required to use its ticketing systems for mobile-only “Safetix” events, Ticketmaster President and COO Amy Howe had a simple answer: “Name, phone number, email address,” she told the Subcommittee on Oversight... Read more
Pascrell Rejects Pearl Jam’s Criticism of BOSS Act
U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) responded to a letter from the rock band Pearl Jam, who had asked the representative to consider changing the BOSS Act. The letter, penned by Pearl Jam, was sent to Pascrell, as well as House and Energy Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr.... Read more
A Generation Later, Pearl Jam Shifts From Fighting Monopoly To Lobbying On Its Behalf
Pearl Jam, which once famously fought against Ticketmaster’s dominant control of the concert business, is now advocating for changes that the Live Nation-owned ticketing giant would love to see to the proposed BOSS Act. The rock band penned a letter to New Jersey Democratic representatives Bill Pascrell and Frank... Read more
Pearl Jam Fans Lash Out On 10 Club, Ticketmaster For Ticket Lottery
Pearl Jam just announced a tour in support of new music, as well as its partnership with ticketing giant Ticketmaster to sell seats through their SafeTix encrypted platform. However, when tickets went on sale, fans were furious with the band’s ticket lottery. Fans who are a part of the... Read more
Pearl Jam, Ticketmaster End Feud To Combat Ticket Resale
Updated 1/16: Ticketmaster issued a statement on Pearl Jam’s decision to use SafeTix. “Pearl Jam has a long-standing commitment to protecting and advocating for their fans, and keeping ticket prices fair is central to that promise. To ensure tickets are not offered to fans above face value, the band... Read more
Ticketmaster Executive Envisions “Smart Contract” Blockchain Ecosystem
Ticketmaster envisions a world in the not too distant future where tickets function as “smart contracts” powered by blockchain technology, making transactions trackable and irreversible, according to coverage of remarks by an executive speaking at Elev8CON in Las Vegas on Monday. “Ticketmaster has technology that is almost 40 years... Read more