Despite taking a decidedly sharp stance against the secondary ticket market over the past year, Live Nation has begun to list information on its Web site for tickets available on broker sites, TicketNews has learned. Fans looking for tickets on Live Nation can now see available secondary tickets, including... Read more
Britain’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is investigating Ambassador Theatre Group’s (ATG) recent acquisition of venues previously owned by Live Nation, with the aim of clarifying whether or not the deal may interfere with competition in the live events industry. OFT has charged ATG with “initial undertakings,” forcing the... Read more
As the federal review of the proposed Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger begins to wind down, a still-pending 2006 lawsuit against Live Nation over alleged antitrust activity sheds some light on how the company is no stranger to antitrust concerns. The lawsuit, originally filed in separate regions of the country, has... Read more
Two of country music’s hottest acts, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift, find themselves and their representatives at the center of a growing ticketing controversy in Nashville, as news of the extraordinary number of tickets that are held back and distributed to fan clubs and other parties comes to light.... Read more
Looking at a landscape where the possibility of Ticketmaster and Live Nation merging remains strong, entertainment company and concert promoter AEG is reportedly looking at taking on a partner to sell tickets. According to Bloomberg, AEG is exploring potential deals with Veritix and MLB’s Tickets.com, and also considering launching... Read more
Shawn Freeman, the president of Ticketmaster Entertainment subsidiary TicketsNow, is leaving the company and will be replaced by Eric Korman, currently president of the Ticketmaster diversified live entertainment and marketing division, TicketNews has learned. The corporate shakeup has not been publicly announced, but in an email that went out... Read more
Concert promotions giant Live Nation is launching a new affiliates program through Commission Junction, but brokers and resellers need not apply. As stated specifically on Live Nation’s “Advertiser Details” page at Commission Junction: “Ticket brokers and other companies involved in the resale of tickets are not permitted. Companies, websites... Read more
In a bid to pay off debt and further align itself with live music venues, Live Nation is reportedly close to closing on a major deal to sell several theaters in the UK. While the specific terms have not been disclosed, media reports place the deal at more than... Read more
As more details emerge from the lawsuit filed by ticket broker Chuck Lombardo against Ticketmaster, the picture being painted is one of a company that has continually tried to quietly muscle its way into the secondary ticket market and allegedly manipulate ticket prices for certain artists. The lawsuit was... Read more
New Jersey-based ticket broker Chuck Lombardo, owner of Elite Entertainment Inc., is suing Ticketmaster Entertainment and its TicketsNow and Front Line Management subsidiaries for allegedly reneging on a deal to buy his company and employ him after he helped the ticketing giant develop its secondary ticket business. The lawsuit... Read more