Billboard Bombshell: Live Nation Admits Artists Scalp Own Tickets
In a rare admission of a commonly known tactic among industry insiders, Live Nation told Billboard that the company has facilitated the practice of bands and promoters directly moving their ticket inventory through resale markets – scalping their own held-back tickets – without them ever being made available to... Read more
Ticketmaster Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Company Inflates Ticket Prices
Ticketmaster is caught in another class-action lawsuit in federal court which claims the ticketing giant unlawfully contracts with scalpers and profits from the dealing, violating California law. Mahmoud Ameri and Erin Ouborg, represented by Brent A. Robinson of Atman-Smith & Marcy, brought on the lawsuit after they purchased tickets... 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
CCB Deems Ticketmaster Secret Scalper Program Not Illegal
Canada’s Competition Bureau (CCB) found that Ticketmaster’s secret scalper program TradeDesk does not break federal competition legislation and has officially closed its investigation. On Thursday, the CCB said that it is up to the provinces to enforce consumer protection and unfair business practice legislation, and the office of Economic... Read more
Tampa Bay’s Poor Sales an Outgrowth of Anti-Broker Crusade
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are having trouble filling their stadium this season, and according to several fans and industry insiders, the team’s anti-broker tactics are fueling the lack of attendance. Multiple ticket brokers have commented that when the team was doing poorly, their sales staff looked the other way... Read more
The Myth Of the Ticket Scalper: Corporate Scams, Historical Stigma
The words ”ticket scalper” are marked by centuries of taboo and stigma. The ticket scalper’s infamous and criminalized legacy persists today, as state legislation, artists and venues try to control and prohibit the resale of tickets. As ticket reseller platforms and marketplaces have expanded and moved into a virtual... 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
Tokyo Panel Approves Bill To Ban Scalping Preceding 2020 Olympics
A bill has been approved in Japan that would ban ticket scalping at events leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. According to Japan Today, a lower house panel approved the bill and the legislation is expected to pass the House of Representatives this week before moving... Read more
Juventus President’s Ban for Ticket Scandal Revoked
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli was handed a one-year ban in September for selling tickets to ultra fans, but the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has reversed the ban this week, reports ESPN. Agnelli had originally been banned for one year from all football activity and fined €20,000 for “violating sporting integrity and... Read more
Customer Complaint Alleges Ticketmaster Holdbacks at Jones Beach Theater
When you log on to a primary ticketing site right at onsale time to purchase tickets for your favorite artist and are still met with no availability, sellers would have you believe that the artist is just that popular. Sure, hundreds of tickets can sell out immediately when demand exceeds... Read more