Watch: Senate Judiciary Antitrust Hearing on Ticketing Industry
The long-awaited hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to address competition issues in the ticketing and live entertainment business is happening today (Tuesday, January 24) in Washington D.C. The hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., will include testimony from numerous witnesses: Live Nation Entertainment President and... Read more
Skoufis, Others Question Ticket “Holdbacks” in Taylor Swift Mess
There is no question that a massive swell of demand is responsible for a lot of the mess that consumers experienced during this week’s Taylor Swift Eras Tour ticket sales disaster. With the artist fresh off a history-making week where she had all ten spots atop the Billboard singles... Read more
SI Tickets, MASL Ink Ticketing Deal for 2022-23 Season
SI Tickets and Major Arena Soccer League have struck a deal that makes the Sports Illustrated ticketing marketplace site the Official Ticketing Partner of the world’s highest level professional indoor soccer league. The deal will be in force for the 2022-23 league season, which kicks off on November 25.... Read more
MSG Says Opposing Lawyers Still Banned, Despite Judge Ruling
Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSG) is continuing to ban lawyers representing clients who are suing the organization from its events and venues, despite a judge saying they were breaking the law by doing so in a ruling issued this week. MSG, which manages the eponymous Madison Square Garden in... Read more
Vivid Seats, Others Failing NY Ticketing Changes, Per Skoufis
New York Senator James Skoufis didn’t mince words in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, indicating that in his view, a large percentage of ticketing companies aren’t fulfilling their obligation to changes in New York’s ticketing regulations that require all-in pricing and disclosures of the face value for ticket... Read more
Rep. Pascrell Asks FTC, DOJ to Overturn Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger
Rep. Bill Pascrell has written a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice requesting that the agencies target the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger as part of a joint inquiry designed at modernizing merger regulations. The New Jersey Democrat, who has been a staunch critic of the... Read more
Patriots, Gillette Stadium Extend Ticketmaster Ticketing Contract
Kraft Sports & Entertainment, which operates the New England Patriots, New England Revolution, and Gillette Stadium, has announced an extension of its relationship with Ticketmaster. The ticketing company will continue to serve as the primary ticket vendor for both teams and other events at the stadium, located in Foxborough,... Read more
FTC Public Comments Open on Proposal Regarding “Drip Pricing”
The Federal Trade Commission is accepting public comments on a proposal made by New York University academics on banning so-called “drip pricing” in ticket purchasing. The comment period is open through Wednesday, with anyone able to submit comments through the FTC website here. Federal Trade Commission Petition Comments Page... Read more
Pennsylvania Ticket Brokers Charged With Fraud in U.S. Open Insider Case
A pair of ticket brokers has been charged by federal authorities with fraud in a case where an employee of the United States Golf Association (USGA) stole U.S. Open tournament tickets for several years to sell through the ticket brokers. Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced the charges... Read more
DICE Ticketing Announces $122 Million in Series C Funding
DICE, the UK-based music discovery and event ticketing platform, announced this week that it has secured $122 million in a Series C funding round. The investment was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, with additional investments from Future Shape, Blisce, and others. “We believe DICE’s technology has the capacity... Read more