Rhode Island AG Sides with Venues Over Consumers on Resale Law
In announcing his opposition to a bill being considered by Rhode Island’s legislature removing antiquated resale restrictions for event tickets in the state, new Attorney General Peter Neronha has cast his support for a system that requires consumers to take a loss on any tickets to events they cannot... Read more
Tokyo 2020 Foreign Tickets Will Go On Sale This Spring
Tokyo 2020 delegates revealed the ticketing timeline during the 38th Olympic Council of Asia General Assembly in Bangkok earlier this month, noting that tickets to the Olympics will be available in June. Japanese residents will be able to buy tickets between April 27 and May 6 during the country’s... Read more
Former Iowa Radio Host Charged In $1.5M Ticket Scam
A former Iowa-based sports radio host has been indicted on federal charges after allegedly scamming multiple investors out of $1.5 million in a ticket resale scheme. According to the Des Moines Register, Marty Tirrell, 59, faces six federal fraud charges for allegedly stealing over $1 million from at least... Read more
Utah Officials Propose Bill To Limit Ticket Resale Restrictions
Utah officials have introduced a bill in the house committee that would make it easier to resell tickets without numerous restrictions. In an effort to eliminate ticket scalpers or online bots, multiple artists have put rules into place to make it harder for people to resell tickets. Some rules... Read more
Viagogo Responds To German Ticket Resale Price Cap
The regional court in Hanover, Germany has officially ruled that ticket resale prices will be capped at 25 percent above face value, noting that any price above this percentage is considered anti-competitive. The ruling comes after the newly-formed German promoters’ association BDKV launched a campaign last year to push for... Read more
Australia Could Face A Country-Wide Ticket Resale Cap
Australia’s Labor Party has proposed a new law that would place a 10 percent cap on resale tickets online and ban bots. This law would essentially cover the administration of the resale and promoters would be unable to cancel resold tickets. The proposal also includes a ban on bots,... Read more
Michigan Bill Could Legalize Ticket Scalping If Passed In Senate
While Michigan law currently prohibits a person from reselling an event ticket above its face value, that could all change if legislation to decriminalize ticket scalping passes in the Senate. State Representative Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw) is sponsoring the legislation; in October, the bill passed the Michigan House with a... Read more
NATB Applauds FTC Workshop on Ticketing; Slams Ticketmaster “Anticompetitive Practices”
The National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) issued a statement applauding the recent announcement that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would be holding a “workshop” in the spring of 2019 to examine the ticketing marketplace. In his statement, Gary Adler, Executive Director and Counsel of the NATB, calls it... Read more
NATB Accuses Vegas Golden Knights of Backdoor Secondary Sales
A representative of the National Association of Ticket Brokers has accused the Las Vegas Golden Knights of seizing tickets from fans to sell them at inflated prices. Gary Adler, the NATB’s executive director and counsel, levied the charges in a statement provided to LVSportsBiz.com following numerous stories of the... Read more
Reports: Viagogo Relocating UK Jobs to New York
Viagogo is preparing to move much of its UK-based workforce to New York as part of an expected expansion of its operations in the United States, according to several reports. The Switzerland-based resale giant has faced increasing scrutiny from government agencies in recent months, as well as a withering... Read more