Talking Tickets 24 July 2020–Viagogo! Marc Geiger! Football! More!

Hey There!  Thanks for being here again this week. Each week this newsletter continues to grow all because y’all are sharing it with your friends and colleagues. If you like what I do here tell your friends and colleagues to sign up by visiting this link. Where has the year gone? I can see August from here.  I do have a …

3 Lessons From My Conversation With Martin Haigh

Last week I got to sit down and talk with Martin Haigh for my podcast. If you don’t know Martin, he spent the better part of the last 20 years in Asia working on ticketing and technology issues in the Asian market. Ultimately, leading Ticketmaster’s efforts in Asia. While I’ve been fortunate enough to talk with Martin on a number …

4 Thoughts on DOJ Settling with Live Nation

Yesterday afternoon, news broke that the Department of Justice had settled with Live Nation on an investigation that people were just getting wind of this week. The timing and the nature of the deal seem a little odd on the surface considering folks were just finding out about the investigation on Monday or towards the end of last week…and the …

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5 thoughts on Viagogo buying StubHub

News is breaking about Viagogo buying StubHub in a deal that reports being around $4B in cash. Having been running around the world and having people ask me about the secondary market over and over, I’ve got a few hot takes on the deal for people that are wondering what this means to the secondary market and the global ticket …

3 Lessons For All Ticket Sellers From Rob Davies’ Viagogo Article

  Get ‘Talking Tickets‘ a new, weekly newsletter my team is putting together with 5 top ticket business, entertainment or sports business stories from the week with a quick analysis of why the story is important and how you should be thinking about it. Rob Davies wrote a piece in The Guardian yesterday about Viagogo’s traffic falling off the cliff since July when …

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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3 Ideas About Live Nation and Metallica…

  I edited the initial piece to reflect that Ticketmaster is a subsidiary of Live Nation and in this case using the two companies names interchangeably would be inaccurate.  I love a good ticket story and this week I got the news that Live Nation was captured admitting to feeding tickets to the secondary market. First thought, duh! That’s been …