EA’s Worst Company In America Reign Comes To An End With Loss To Time Warner Cable

EA’s Worst Company In America Reign Comes To An End With Loss To Time Warner Cable

Video game giant Electronic Arts stepped into the Worst Company In America nonagon of unpleasantness this morning crowned with two Golden Poos and with the confidence that the tournament’s only two-time winner deserves. But in the end, it wasn’t EA that was carried out of the arena in victory — it was Time Warner Cable. [More]

The Target Center

Minneapolis’ Target Center Gives Ticketmaster The Boot

Live Nation owns large entertainment venues, promotes many of the larger concert tours, and — most controversially — uses its Ticketmaster business to sell fee-laden tickets to these events. But Live Nation’s biggest competitor seems intent on beating Ticketmaster at its own game. [More]

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Lawsuit Claims Ticketmaster/Live Nation Is A Fee-Hungry Monopoly

A new class-action lawsuit is seeking to prove in a court of law what many people already believe — that the Live Nation/Ticketmaster combination is an unfair monopoly intent on using exorbitant fees to siphon off cash from customers. [More]

Take that Ticketmaster!

Can Redbox Do To Ticketmaster What It Did To Blockbuster?

Perhaps realizing that disc-based media will soon go the way of VHS, the folks at Redbox have dipped a toe into the shark-infested water of selling event tickets. Keeping with the company’s $1 theme, Redbox is only charging a $1 fee for each ticket, compared to the complicated, expensive fees tacked on by industry leader Ticketmaster. [More]

10 Examples Of Why You Shouldn't Sell Naming Rights To Just Anyone

10 Examples Of Why You Shouldn't Sell Naming Rights To Just Anyone

It’s near-impossible to find a sporting or concert venue in the U.S. without the name of some bank/oil company/car maker/beverage slapped on the front. While most of these are innocuous — and some have even grown to be accepted by the public — there are a handful of naming rights deals where the venue owners shouldn’t have gone with the highest bidder. [More]

Woman Says Ticketmaster Threatened To Blacklist Her For Contacting American Express

Woman Says Ticketmaster Threatened To Blacklist Her For Contacting American Express

With the clock ticking down until we open the floor up to Worst Company In America nominations, perennial Final Four contender Ticketmaster is here to remind everyone why they belong in the tournament. [More]

Ticketmaster Makes Deal With Walmart, Devil Confused As To
Whose Soul To Collect First

Ticketmaster Makes Deal With Walmart, Devil Confused As To Whose Soul To Collect First

Earlier today the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart, announced a deal with the nation’s least essential company, Ticketmaster, to sell overpriced tickets via in-store video screens at hundreds of Walmarts around the country. [More]

I Used Twitter To Score Free Concert Tickets And Get Cruel Live Nation Security Guard Fired

I Used Twitter To Score Free Concert Tickets And Get Cruel Live Nation Security Guard Fired

Jess took her ailing mom to see an American Idol concert in Massachusetts but was mistreated by employees who were less than willing to accommodate her mom’s special needs. The next day she took to Twitter, fired off a couple complaints and spurred Live Nation to make things right. [More]

Scalpers Charged With Swarming Online Ticketers So You
Couldn't See Hannah Montana

Scalpers Charged With Swarming Online Ticketers So You Couldn't See Hannah Montana

The feds charged four guys in Nevada with hitting online ticket sellers with tons of simultaneous requests, snapping up tickets and then scalping tickets to shows like Hannah Montana and Bruce Springstein. Their company, “Wiseguy Tickets,” hired a Bulgarian programmer to bumrush the sites of Ticketmaster, Livenation and MLB and outsmart their crappy CAPTCHA systems to grab up all the prime seats. Hm, I wonder what the first clue was for investigators… [More]

Ticketmaster Agrees To Only Sell Tickets It Has

Ticketmaster Agrees To Only Sell Tickets It Has

Ticketmaster has settled with the FTC over charges that it used “deceptive bait-and-switch” tactics when selling concert tickets, reports the Los Angeles Times. As usual for this kind of settlement, Ticketmaster admits no wrongdoing. For instance, the FTC noted that in one case “the same set of 38 tickets for the Springsteen concert in Washington were sold and resold 1,600 times,” and Ticketmaster waited as long as three months to let affected customers know, which is a clear example of not doing anything wrong. [More]

Uncle Sam Cool With Live Nation/Ticketmaster Monopoly

Uncle Sam Cool With Live Nation/Ticketmaster Monopoly

The Justice Department ended months of a high-stakes, concert-dominating game of Mother May I by giving Live Nation and Ticketmaster the go-ahead to form a monolithic Voltron that will surely crush whatever life remains in the big-time live music scene. [More]

Speak Out Against Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger At TicketDisaster.org

Speak Out Against Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger At TicketDisaster.org

Yesterday a bunch of consumer advocates and anti-trust people held a press conference on Capitol Hill and asked the Department of Justice to block the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. If you, too, feel that this spells nothing but trouble for consumers–that a Ticketmaster-Live Nation monopoly would ruin competition and increase ticket prices–then check out the website TicketDisaster.org. From there, you can contact the DOJ to voice your opinion about the proposed merger, read up on reasons why the merger sucks for consumers and for the concert industry, and sign up for updates. (Thanks to JammingEcono!)

Update On Possible Comcast/Ticketmaster/Live Nation Abomination (With Poll)

Update On Possible Comcast/Ticketmaster/Live Nation Abomination (With Poll)

After yesterday’s news that Comcast was considering getting in on the already-under-antitrust-scrutiny merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation, the original article has been updated to be slightly less bad.

Dear God: Comcast To Consider Partnering With Ticketmaster

Dear God: Comcast To Consider Partnering With Ticketmaster

When you read about the proposed Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger, you might have thought to yourself, “Sure, this would be a merger between the world’s largest ticketing company and the largest concert promoter, but I think it could be more horrifying.” Comcast apparently agrees, as they’re considering getting in on the merger.

UK May Block Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger, Save Universe

UK May Block Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger, Save Universe

While U.S. authorities are still trying to figure out whether letting the Godzilla and Megalon of ticket-selling join forces is a good thing, the U.K. has come to the rescue of concertgoers worldwide. The Competition Commission declared that the merger would “will limit the development of competition in the market for live music ticket retailing.”

Ticketmaster And Live Nation Agree To Merge

Ticketmaster And Live Nation Agree To Merge

That booming evil laughter you heard echoing across the sky earlier today came from the board room where Live Nation and Ticketmaster agreed to an all-stock merger between their two blighted companies. Ticketmaster Chairman Barry Diller says the merger will benefit customers, who are frequently “frustrated by their ticket buying experiences.” Oh! So by merging the two companies most responsible for those frustrations, we’ll cancel them out! This is doubleplus good, right?

Congressman Wants Ticketmaster Investigated For 'TicketsNow' Website

Congressman Wants Ticketmaster Investigated For 'TicketsNow' Website

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D) of New Jersey has asked the FTC and the Justice Department to investigate the relationship between Ticketmaster and its reseller website, TicketsNow, after consumers who tried to buy Bruce Springsteen tickets encountered technical problems that prevented purchase, and were then redirected to TicketsNow where prices were “hundreds of dollars above face value” (actually, more like “thousands of dollars,” based on our check just a few minutes ago).

Ticketmaster, Live Nation Consider Merging, Destroying Concertgoing Forever

Ticketmaster, Live Nation Consider Merging, Destroying Concertgoing Forever

The two companies most responsible for making your next live entertainment experience a financial disaster may announce a merger as early as this week, reports Reuters and the WSJ. If it goes ahead, the new company will apparently call itself Live Nation Ticketmaster, not “Satan’s Boxoffice” as one might expect. The merger will raise antitrust issues, but if Sirius/XM has taught us anything, it’s that those issues can be ignored at the expense of consumer choice and pricing.