Winnipeg Jets cancel some season tickets for suspected reselling
The Winnipeg Jets hockey team has cancelled an undisclosed number of season ticket accounts for “activity regarding the re-sale of tickets,” the team said last week. The team did not disclose the exact violations it cited in cancelling the accounts, but stated in a release that the individuals acted... Read more
Ticket brokers and the Quebec government appear to be headed toward a possible legal battle as the Canadian province inches closer to adopting strict new laws that would virtually wipe out its ticket resale market. Bill 25 could be sent to the legislature for a vote as early as... Read more
A key element to Live Nation’s artist management partnership deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) will be the ability to bundle concert tickets and merchandise with more acts, a move that could take on added significance now that UMG’s parent company Vivendi has purchased See Tickets in the UK.... Read more
Online auctions giant eBay is planning to launch a version of its StubHub ticket marketplace division in the UK by the end of the year. The move, first reported by the Financial Times, would put the company in direct competition with Seatwave and viagogo, the latter of which was... Read more
Michael Jackson tribute concert tickets struggle to sell out
The October 8, 2011 Michael Jackson tribute concert set for Cardiff, Wales, has once again found itself drawing the ire of fans of the late King of Pop. The concert, entitled “Michael Forever,” first made headlines in July for its handling of the concert’s initial block of ticket sales.... Read more
‘Time Out’ looks to enter ticketing industry
Entertainment guide publisher Time Out — producers of popular weekly magazines that serve several cities around the world — is looking to jump into the ticketing industry by taking on GrouponLive, the new discount ticketing site created by Groupon and Live Nation. GrouponLive primarily moves hard-to-sell tickets at a... Read more
Ticketfriend  launches end-to-end contactless ticketing system
A young sales technology company has launched a new ticketing solution allowing users to buy and redeem tickets through a tap of their smartphone. Dublin, Ireland-based ticketfriend, a ticket sales and event promotion company, has since 2009 provided a space for users to buy, sell and promote tickets to... Read more
Three alleged accomplices in Alberta, Canada-based Front Row Tickets, which stands at the center of a suspected fraudulent stock case, were recently arrested on fraud and other charges by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), as the investigation into the multi-million alleged “Ponzi scheme” widened. Anthony Pittarelli, his sister... Read more
The two main defendants in the massive Beijing Olympic tickets scam were sentenced today, July 11, to stiff jail terms in British court. Terence Shepherd, considered the ring leader of the criminal operation, received an eight-year sentence, and his partner, Alan Scott, received a seven-year bid. The two operated... Read more
Social media presence a must for ticket brokers
Turning social media into a reliable revenue stream has been a challenge for most industries. But even as the path to profitability remains uncertain, maintaining a presence on sites such as Twitter and Facebook is increasingly essential — especially for those in the ticket resale industry. A recent survey... Read more