The Senate held a hearing after Ticketmaster’s systems failed during the presale for Taylor Swift's new tour, leaving millions of fans stuck in virtual queues for hours waiting to buy tickets, and left others empty handed.
When the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Tuesday and questions Live Nation/Ticketmaster’s management about market competition and consumer protections, senators should prepare for an Oscar-worthy performance in finger-pointing and deflection.
Live event ticketing is once again taking center stage in the U.S. Congress as the Senate’s Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Tuesday, January 24 regarding competition and consumer protections in the live events industry and market. Protect Ticket Rights is tracking this hearing closely!
Holdbacks Are Deceitful and Frustrate Fans
On November 16th, The National Consumers League (NCL) sponsored Ticketing 101, a discussion in the U.S. Capitol with Congressional staff about the often-frustrating world of live event ticketing.
A ticketholder’s right to do what he or she wants with a ticket is being threatened once again. In recent weeks, Live Nation/Ticketmaster, which controls up to 80% of the live event market, has criticized a law in New York which protects consumers’ rights to freely use, transfer, resell, or give away their purchased tickets as they wish.
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Protect Ticket Rights released the following statement after New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a new ticketing market reform bill into law.
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The Illinois Ticket Sale and Resale Act is the fix that Illinois fans deserve. The bill will modernize the Illinois ticketing market to protect consumers from online scams and sketchy tech practices.
Whenever a performer or team hosts an event, they want a full house. So, why, according to reports, are some events experiencing higher than normal no shows, upwards of a third of sold tickets not scanning for entry?