College Football’s Return Is About Trump Saving College Football or Safety…Or, Something?!

This is an piece of Talking Tickets, my weekly live entertainment strategy email. Get it free here! 2. College football returns:  I’ll make the caveat at the top that I love my Alabama football.  With this out of the way, the return of college football is proving to be problematic and exposes a lot of the deep, structural challenges of the business …

3 Things About the Senate’s Antitrust Request Against Live Nation

  With yesterday’s story about Senator’s Blumenthal and Klobuchar asking the DOJ to take a look at Live Nation’s business and to renew a consent decree meant to ensure competition in the ticketing market, it brings up a lot of questions for consumers, ticket companies, and interested parties in the entertainment industry. Here are a few big ones that come …

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Why Everyone in Tickets Needs to be at the FTC’s June 11th Workshop

  This piece is cross-posted on Medium and is a collaboration between me and Eric Fuller. You can catch up with us in Washington, DC at the June 11th workshop!  On June 11thin Washington, DC, the FTC is hosting a ticket workshop that is loosely framed as being about talking through the “problematic practices” at play in the world of …

The Hidden Tribes Study and The Differentiation Gap…

  Over the last few days, a special report about what America looks like politically has popped up in a lot of places. Titled “Hidden Tribes” it shows that 2/3rds of Americans are just exhausted by the whole thing and that only 1/3 of the country is really super engaged and fighting a “civil war.” I haven’t read the entire …

What We Need Right Now Is More Insight…

  Marketing automation is one of those popular buzzwords. Like all buzzwords, marketing automation comes with the promise of being able to deliver things more simply, more consistently, and with better decision making capability. This concept lines up pretty closely with a lot of the other things I have been thinking about lately like the loss of true innovation in …

Not changing when it is required is still voting to change…

  I read this post from Dave Trott this morning about people’s reaction to having to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election here in the United States. The big line was that people didn’t seem to realize that not voting was still a vote. It was a vote for the meh. “I’ll take what …

Deep or Dumb?

A lot of times, it is easy to get captured by the fact of staying “current.” That’s what our modern attention economy is built upon. How much can I cram in? How much can I keep up? What is everyone talking about? The thing is that most of the time, that is a false choice. In too many instances, what …