Amid significant legal and regulatory scrutiny of its business practices and competition within the live entertainment business, Live Nation Entertainment announced it has hired prominent antitrust attorney Dan Wall as its Executive Vice President for Corporate and Regulatory Affairs. The role brings Wall, who has worked with Live Nation for more than 12 years including recently as lead outside counsel while a partner at Latham & Watkins, into senior management under President and CEO Michael Rapino. “Dan has been a trusted advisor and partner and he will no doubt continue to be a valuable asset to the team,” Rapino said in a press release announcing Wall’s coming aboard . “Live Nation has been a special client to me, so about three years ago I floated the idea of this continuing relationship,” said Wall. “I am grateful to Michael and Joe for allowing me to continue our work together and I am excited by the challenge.” The move to bring the veteran attorney on board comes during a period of unprecedented congressional and regulatory attention being paid to Live Nation, which has for many years been dogged by allegations that it operates as an unregulated monopoly in live entertainment. While subject to a consent decree barring certain anticompetitive conduct since its merger with Ticketmaster more than a decade ago, the company was found to have repeatedly violated provisions of that decree after a DOJ investigation, resulting in penalties and an extension of the decree . Massive issues during recent ticket sales – notably a Taylor Swift tour that drew international headlines over the system failures experienced by consumers trying to buy tickets – drew the full attention of lawmakers, who slammed the company as a “monopoly” and “too big to care” in the lead-up to a public hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January . Prior to Wall’s coming aboard, news broke that Live Nation has also retained a high-profile lobbyist in Washington D.C. that has worked directly with the Senate Antitrust committee, developing further a lobbying operation that already dwarfed that of other businesses in the live entertainment space. Wall is described on his bio page for Latham and Watkins – a firm which he retired from on January 31 prior to the announcement of his move to Live Nation – as “one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the United States. He began his career as a trial lawyer with the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, where he was a member of the landmark 1982 U.S. vs. AT&T antitrust case that forced the breakup of the Bell System of telephone companies – a landmark for antitrust enforcement. Now working for the other side of antitrust cases, Wall has litigated nearly 100 antitrust cases and argued appeals, including at the Supreme Court, according to his L&W biography. “Known for his exceptional courtroom skills, he has a particular ability to craft easy-to-understand defenses of complex business practices,” it says. Photo via Wall’s bio page on Latham & Watkins website Last Updated on February 3, 2023 by Dave Clark The post Live Nation Brings Top Antitrust Lawyer In-House as Executive VP appeared first on TicketNews .
New dates have been announced for Beyonce’s upcoming tour , with the usual “unprecedented demand” cited by tour organizers Live Nation. The news comes as lawmakers regulators have fired warning shots at the entertainment giant, indicating that there will be limited patience if another high-profile tour sale goes wrong, as did the Taylor Swift presale in November of last year. We’re watching, @Ticketmaster . https://t.co/LuWjoXrWX4 — Senate Judiciary Committee (@JudiciaryDems) February 2, 2023 Ticketmaster and its parent Live Nation sit firmly in the crosshairs of lawmakers and regulators in the wake of the Taylor Swift fiasco, which led to a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January that saw longtime executive Joe Berchtold on the defensive about his company’s behavior and allegations of anticompetitive behavior throughout . With all eyes on the upcoming sale and whether or not it is plagued by more issues, new shows have been added in seven cities, and the registration period for the hated Verified Fan system has been extended to noon Friday for the first batch of shows, which includes Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Toronto, ON; Vancouver, BC; Washington, D.C. Other batches of shows have registration periods open through Thursday, February 9 (Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Tampa, FL) and Thursday, February 16 (Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; Louisville, KY; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Saint Louis, MO), respectively. Additional shows have been added in Toronto, Chicago, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, and East Rutherford, NJ to date. “These seven shows have been added to help as many concertgoers get tickets as possible, and are based on venue availabilities and scheduling for the tour,” an updated shared by Ticketmaster reads. “Fan demand already exceeds the number of tickets available by more than 800% based on the registration numbers in the Group A cities. It is expected that many interested fans may not be able to get tickets because demand drastically exceeds supply.” Similar additional shows were a part of the process for the Taylor Swift tour, which is likely part of why there is such concern for a repeat of the major issues that plagued that sales process, causing the general sale to be cancelled entirely, though it is believed that many thousands of tickets have not yet been put on sale , or have been routed directly through secondary ticket marketplaces. The full tour dates and links to ticket marketplaces are included below – newly added dates are in bold. Ticket Links Beyonce tickets at MEGASeats | 10% off use code TICKETNEWS Beyonce tickets at ScoreBig Beyonce tickets at SeatGeek Beyonce tickets at StubHub Beyonce tickets at Ticket Club | Free membership use code TICKETNEWS Beyonce tickets at Ticketmaster UK Beyonce tickets at Vivid Seats Beyonce Renaissance World Tour 2023 Dates Europe/EU Dates May 10 – Stockholm, SE | Friends Arena May 14 – Brussels, BE | King Baudouin Stadium May 17 – Cardiff, UK | Principality Stadium May 20 – Edinburgh, UK | BT Murrayfield Stadium May 23 – Sunderland, UK | Stadium of Light May 26 – Paris, FR | Stade de France May 29 – London, UK | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium May 30 – London, UK | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium June 8 – Barcelona, SP | Olympic Stadium June 11 – Marseille, FR | Orange Velodrome June 15 – Cologne, DE | Rheinenergiestadion June 17 – Amsterdam, NL | Johan Crujff Arena June 21 – Hamburg, DE | Voksparkstadion June 24 – Frankfurt, DE | Deutsche Bank Park June 27 – Warsaw, PL | PGE Nardowy North America Dates July 8 – Toronto, CA | Rogers Centre July 9 – Toronto, CA | Rogers Centre July 12 – Philadelphia, PA | Lincoln Financial Field July 15 – Nashville, TN | Nissan Stadium July 17 – Louisville, KY | Cardinal Stadium July 20 – Minneapolis, MN | Huntington Bank Stadium July 22 – Chicago, IL | Soldier Field July 23 – Chicago, IL | Soldier Field July 26 – Detroit, MI | Ford Field July 29 – East Rutherford, NJ | Metlife Stadium July 30 – East Rutherford, NJ | Metlife Stadium August 1 – Boston, MA | Gillette Stadium August 3 – Pittsburgh, PA | Heinz Field August 5 – Washington, DC | Fedex Field August 6 – Washington, DC | Fedex Field August 9 – Charlotte, NC | Bank Of America Stadium August 11 – Atlanta, GA | Mercedes Benz Stadium August 12 – Atlanta, GA | Mercedes Benz Stadium August 16 – Tampa, FL | Raymond James Stadium August 18 – Miami, FL | Hard Rock Stadium August 21 – St. Louis, MI | Dome at America’s Center August 24 – Phoenix, AZ | State Farm Stadium August 26 – Las Vegas, NV | Allegiant Stadium August 30 – San Francisco, CA | Levi’s Stadium September 2 – Los Angeles, CA | SoFi Stadium September 3 – Los Angeles, CA | SoFi Stadium September 11 – Vancouver, CA | BC Place September 13 – Seattle, WA | Lumen Field September 18 – Kansas City, KS | Arrowhead Stadium September 21 – Dallas, TX | AT&T Stadium September 23 – Houston, TX | NRG Stadium September 24 – Houston, TX | NRG Stadium September 27 – New Orleans, LA | Caesars Superdome Last Updated on February 3, 2023 by Dave Clark The post Ticketmaster Warned as Beyonce Adds Dates to Tour appeared first on TicketNews .
Quinn XCII will be bringing The People’s Tour to venues across North America beginning in May, joined by A R I Z O N A and Julia Wolf. The tour comes on the heel’s of the new album, The People’s Champ, which features guest spots by artists including AJR, Chelsea Cutler, and Big Sean. THE PEOPLE’S TOUR IS COMING TO THE UNITED STATES with special guests @arizona and @juliawolfnyc . Pre-sale + VIP begins 12PM local time on Tue Feb 7. General on-sale at 10AM local time on Fri Feb 10. Sign up for first access to pre-sale tickets now 🏆 https://t.co/MLQQhxGgKN pic.twitter.com/E4V50RruvS — Quinn XCII (@QuinnXCII) February 2, 2023 Tickets for The People’s Tour dates are on sale beginning next week, available to the general public beginning on Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m. local time to each venue. Prior to that, there are presales for Quinn XCII tickets beginning Tuesday, February 7. “Even five records in, I feel like I still have to fight for my stripes and prove myself,” says Quinn XCII My career, to me, has always felt like an underdog story, so even though the deeper message of the album is to be yourself, I thought ‘The People’s Champ’ was a fitting double entendre that could also represent my view of where I currently stand in the music industry.” Tour dates for Quinn XCII (pronounced Quinn ninety-two for those curious), kick off on May 5 at Boston’s MGM Music Hall at Fenway and roll through a June 17 show at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre in Detroit. OTher shows in between include Radio City Music Hall (New York) Coca-Cola Roxy (Atlanta), The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory (Dallas), YouTube Theater (Los Angeles), Red Rocks (Denver), and The Armory (Minneapolis). Full touring schedule and ticket marketplace links are available below: Ticket Links Quinn XCII tickets at MEGASeats | 10% off use code TICKETNEWS Quinn XCII tickets at ScoreBig Quinn XCII tickets at SeatGeek Quinn XCII tickets at StubHub Quinn XCII tickets at Ticket Club | Free membership use code TICKETNEWS Quinn XCII tickets at Vivid Seats Quinn XCII “THE PEOPLE’S TOUR” NORTH AMERICAN DATES: May 5 – Boston, MA | MGM Music Hall at Fenway May 6 – New York, NY | Radio City Music Hall May 9 – Washington, DC | Echostage May 11 – Philadelphia, PA | Skyline Stage at The Mann May 13 – Atlanta, GA | Coca-Cola Roxy May 14 – Charlotte, NC | Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre May 16 – Miami, FL | Oasis Wynwood May 19 – Dallas, TX | The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory May 20 – Austin, TX | Moody Amphitheater May 24 – Los Angeles, CA | YouTube Theater May 25 – San Diego, CA | Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre May 26 – Las Vegas, NV | Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan May 30 – Seattle, WA | WaMu Theater June 1 – Bend, OR | Hayden Homes Amphitheater June 3 – Salt Lake City, UT | The Great Saltair June 6 – Denver, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre June 8 – Minneapolis, MN | The Armory June 9 – Madison, WI | The Sylvee June 10 – Grand Rapids, MI | Van Andel Arena June 11 – Columbus, OH | KEMBA Live! June 13 – St. Louis, MO | Saint Louis Music Park June 14 – Indianapolis, IN | TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park June 16 – Chicago, IL | Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 17 – Detroit, MI | Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill Last Updated on February 2, 2023 by Dave Clark The post Quinn XCII Plans The People’s Tour After New Album appeared first on TicketNews .
Chris Stapleton announced another busy schedule of bringing his All-American Road Show to audiences across the country, following appearances at Super Bowl LVII to sing the National Anthem as well as the Houston Rodeo and Stagecoach Festivals, as well as a series of co-headlining shows with country legend George Strait. Special guests featured on the newly announced tour dates include Charley Crockett, Marcus King, Nikki Lane, Margo Price, Allen Stone, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and The War and Treaty. JUST ANNOUNCED: New 2023 #AllAmericanRoadShow dates. Tickets on sale Friday, February 10th. Visit https://t.co/AG4HyhvBAX for VIP packages and information on respective dates for special guests. Sign up for exclusive pre-sale access at https://t.co/mdwpy5llqU pic.twitter.com/W5JaRFT5Sq — Chris Stapleton (@ChrisStapleton) February 2, 2023 Tickets for the tour go on-sale to the general public beginning next Friday, February 10 at 10:00am local time. Stapleton’s fan club will have early access to tickets and VIP packages with pre-sale starting Tuesday, February 7 at 10:00am local time through Thursday, February 9. Newly confirmed “All-American Road Show” 2023 tour dates kick off April 26 at El Paso’s UTEP Don Haskins Center and include stops at Syracuse’s St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Mansfield’s Xfinity Center, St. Louis’ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Charleston’s Credit One Stadium, Bangor’s Maine Savings Amphitheater, Gilford’s Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (two nights), Toronto’s Budweiser Stage and Alpharetta’s Ameris Bank Amphitheatre among many others. The full tour schedule for Chris Stapleton and links to ticket marketplaces are included below: Ticket Links Chris Stapleton tickets at MEGASeats | 10% off use code TICKETNEWS Chris Stapleton tickets at ScoreBig Chris Stapleton tickets at SeatGeek Chris Stapleton tickets at StubHub Chris Stapleton tickets at Ticket Club | Free membership use code TICKETNEWS Chris Stapleton tickets at Vivid Seats Chris Stapleton 2023 Tour Dates March 16—Houston, TX—RodeoHouston March 17—Durant, OK—Choctaw Grand Theater March 18—Durant, OK—Choctaw Grand Theater April 26—El Paso, TX—UTEP Don Haskins Center* April 27—Albuquerque, NM—Isleta Amphitheater* April 29—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl – Willie Nelson’s 90th Birthday April 30—Indio, CA—Stagecoach May 6—Glendale, AZ—State Farm Stadium† May 27—Columbus, OH—Buckeye Country Superfest June 1—Moline, IL—Vibrant Arena at The MARK‡ June 2—Grand Rapids, MI—Van Andel Arena‡ June 3—Milwaukee, WI—American Family Field† June 8—Syracuse, NY—St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview+ June 9—Mansfield, MA—Xfinity Center+ June 15—Spokane, WA—Spokane Arena§ June 16—Bend, OR—Hayden Homes Amphitheater§ June 17—Seattle, WA—Lumen Field† June 22—Des Moines, IA—Wells Fargo Arena§ June 23—Wichita, KS—INTRUST Bank Arena§ June 24—Denver, CO—Empower Field at Mile High† July 6—Bangor, ME—Maine Savings Amphitheater§ July 8—Cavendish, PEI—Cavendish Beach Music Festival July 13—Charleston, SC—Credit One Stadium# July 14—Virginia Beach, VA—Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater# July 15—Baltimore, MD—CFG Bank Arena# July 19—Omaha, NE—CHI Health Center** July 20—St. Louis, MO—Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre** July 21-22—Cullman, AL—Rock the South July 28—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium† July 29—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium† August 5—Tampa, FL—Raymond James Stadium† August 10—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion** August 11—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion** August 17—Toronto, ON—Budweiser Stage‡ August 19—Montreal, QC—Lasso Festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau August 25—Alpharetta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre†† *with special guests Margo Price and Nikki Lane †with George Strait and special guests Little Big Town ‡with special guests Marcus King and The War and Treaty +with special guests Charley Crockett and The War and Treaty §with special guests Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and Allen Stone #with special guests Margo Price and Allen Stone**with special guests Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and The War and Treaty ††with special guests Marcus King and Allen Stone Last Updated on February 2, 2023 by Dave Clark The post Chris Stapleton Announces 2023 All-American Road Show appeared first on TicketNews .
The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz has declared that it is investigating potential claims against the board of directors of Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (“Live Nation” or the “Company”) (NYSE: LYV) concerning whether the board breached its fiduciary duties to shareholders, according to the release published on Business Wire January 26. The statement on the law firm’s website points out to the U.S. Department of Justice’s opening an antitrust investigation during 2022 regarding whether Live Nation has abused its power over the multibillion-dollar live music industry. The firm states their investigation concerns whether the Company’s board of directors breached its fiduciary duties to shareholders and/or grossly mismanaged the Company in connection with the above alleged misconduct. The statement continues as follows : “If you still hold Live Nation shares purchased before January, 2022 and wish to discuss this matter with us, or have any questions concerning your rights and interests with regards to this matter, please contact Frank R. Cruz, of The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz, 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, California 90067 at 310-914-5007, by email to email@example.com , or visit our website at www.frankcruzlaw.com . If you inquire by email please include your mailing address, telephone number and number of shares purchased.” The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz’s investigation announcement came two days after last week’s Senate hearing (January 24) looking at competition concerns with Live Nation/Ticketmaster and the industry as a whole. Consumers across the country spoke out against many of the practices they face while purchasing tickets for and attending live events, particularly in the wake of the Taylor Swift Eras Tour sales process in the fall. That pressure spurred legislators into action, leading to Tuesday’s hearing. The hearing was a chance for the five witnesses to provide their feedback to members of the senate, and have it entered into the public record. One of the strongest moments of the testimony came from Clyde Lawrence, a singer/songwriter from the band Lawrence, laying out the issues that artists face making their way through the entertainment business where Live Nation is the largest promoter, ticketer, and venue operator in the world. SeatGeek CEO Jack Groetzinger also took the floor and pushed back on Live Nation Entertainment’s President and CFO Joe Berchtold’s claims that the company won its dominant position by providing the best service to its clients when he mentioned about Barclay’s Center leadership had been fearful that Live Nation would send shows to other venues in the New York market – a fear which eventually led them to switch after just one year from using SeatGeek to ticket its events (and the NBA’s Nets) back to Ticketmaster. The latest development is a joint statement , issued by the Future of Music Coalition, Artist Rights Alliance, American Association of Independent Music, Music Workers Alliance, and Union of Musicians & Allied Workers, which asks that steps should be taken to break up LiveNation/Ticketmaster. It focuses on the industry side of the dominating nature of the Live Nation Entertainment/Ticketmaster business, and how that negatively impacts others in the space. Last Updated on February 2, 2023 by Dave Clark The post Investor Class Action Lawsuit Proposed Against Live Nation appeared first on TicketNews .
One of the most versatile and best-selling artists of our era, Bryan Adams is set to take to the roads this summer for his “So Happy It Hurts” tour which bears the same title of his 15th studio album released in 2022. Two-months tour will hit 26 cities across the U.S. and feature iconic group Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as a special guest. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, February 3rd at 12pm local time. “So Happy It Hurts” tour will start from CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, MD on June 6, and visit Philadelphia, Buffalo, Detroit, Phoenix, Denver, Boston, New York City, Hollywood, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Portland, and more cities until wrapping up in Seattle, WA, Climate Pledge Arena on August 3rd. Delivering 17 studio albums so far, Bryan Adams is pretty famous for his energetic stage presence and performing in over 72 countries. He received 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations and had 15 Grammy Award nominations, including a win for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1992. His latest album “So Happy It Hurts” is also nominated for Best Rock Performance at the upcoming 2023 Grammy awards, taking place this Sunday, February 5. In addition to his U.S. tour, Adams is planning to play Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand and more, all in 2023. After forming her band the Blackhearts in 1979, Joan Jett has had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” Like Adams, Jett has been rocking the music world for four decades with numerous stage performances. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts continue touring the globe with headlining shows alongside fellow rock groups like The Who, Green Day, Heart, and Foo Fighters. After two COVID-19 postponements, the band returned to the road during summer 2022 for The Stadium Tour with Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Poison. Ticket Links Bryan Adams tickets at MEGASeats | 10% off use code TICKETNEWS Bryan Adams tickets at ScoreBig Bryan Adams tickets at SeatGeek Bryan Adams tickets at StubHub Bryan Adams tickets at Ticket Club | Free membership use code TICKETNEWS Bryan Adams tickets at Vivid Seats So Happy It Hurts 2023 Tour Dates Tue Jun 06 – Baltimore, MD – CFG Bank Arena Wed Jun 07 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center Fri Jun 09 – New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden Sat Jun 10 – Boston, MA – TD Garden Sun Jun 11 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena Tue Jun 13 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center Wed Jun 14 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena Thu Jun 15 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Sat Jun 17 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena Sun Jun 18 – Duluth, GA – Gas South Arena Tue Jun 20 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live Wed Jun 21 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena Wed Jun 28 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land Thu Jun 29 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena Sat Jul 01 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center Sun Jul 02 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena Mon Jul 03 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center Thu Jul 06 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena Fri Jul 07 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center Tue Jul 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center Wed Jul 26 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena Fri Jul 28 – Palm Springs, CA – Acrisure Arena Sat Jul 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum Sun Jul 30 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center Wed Aug 02 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum Thu Aug 03 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena Last Updated on February 2, 2023 by Dave Clark The post Bryan Adams Returns With “So Happy It Hurts” 2023 Tour appeared first on TicketNews .
The Houston Astros won the World Series 2022 after beating the Philadelphia Phillies. Interestingly, the Astros were runners-up in 2021 and lost to the Atlanta Braves. It was the second time the Astros won the MLB. They won their first title in 2017 by defeating the LA Dodgers. In their 61 seasons, the Astros have qualified for the World Series five times and sixteen times in the postseason. Justin Turner has been a critical player for the LA Dodgers, and in the last season, he was dominant and produced the best version of himself on the field. Hence, Turner won the Roberto Clemente Award 2022, MLB’s most recognised individual award. If we revisit other individual awards, Bryce Harper won the NLCS MVP. But the bigger news is related to Astros rookie Jeremy Pena. He became the first rookie to win the World Series MVP and the ALCS MVP. The next MLB draft is scheduled in July in Seattle, and the Pirates will pick first. They would eye getting the best talent and improving their baseball odds in all their matches. So, who are the top prospects in MLB for 2023? Dylan Crews This Louisiana State outfielder is the hottest pick at the moment. Crews is one of the most dynamic college baseball players and has hit 18 home runs and 22 homers in his freshman year. Moreover, he will spend the summers with the national baseball college team, which only a few players do. Crews’ overall credentials are incredible. He is a complete player and possesses excellent power-hitting ability along with consistency. In addition, his aggressive approach makes him a favorite overall first pick in the MLB 2023 draft. Chase Dollander The journey of Dollander is exciting. He was a rising star in high school but could not perform as expected and thus went undrafted in 2021. However, in his sophomore year for Georgia Southern, he won the Southeastern Conference pitcher of 2022. As such, Dollander is entering the 2023 draft as the best college pitcher. He ticks all the boxes for a premium pitcher and ranks in the top 10 in NCAA Division I because of his delivery. In addition, his athleticism allows him to generate a pacey delivery. Wyatt Langford When discussing a hard hitter, Langford’s name automatically pops up. He is an incredible athlete who played three sports in high school before choosing baseball. Although he played as a freshman, he made a buzz around as a sophomore by earning All-American status and tying the record for home runs. His performances with the national team added weight to his portfolio to be picked in the 2023 MLB draft . Langford’s potential is not hidden from anyone, and his swing mechanics, combined with his power, make him a considerable pick for a power hitter. It won’t be a surprise if he ends up a first-overall pick. Paul Skenes Skenes is another candidate for the first pick in the draft. His experience with the Air Force and U.S. collegiate national team gives him an edge over other pitchers. Moreover, Skenes is the only player in NCAA Division I to have wins and home runs in double digits. Skenes’ pace is unmatched, and his variations are good too. His fastball touches 99 mph, while his average speed is 93-94 mph. His slider has also improved, but it can be a loose ball often. Skenes has an advantage due to his control over the body and strong physical strength. Jacob Gonzalez Jacob Gonzalez, the national freshman of the year, helped Mississippi win its first College World Series in 2022. His hitting abilities are more reliable or stand out than his power. In addition, he has stunning hand-eye coordination and so speed. Jacob has the quality of becoming a star hitter, and scouts speak highly of him, so it would be interesting to see which team picks him. The post Top prospects in MLB for 2023 appeared first on TicketNews .
The New Orleans Pelicans are extending their ticketing deal with SeatGeek, the ticketing platform announced this week . The deal, which was the first NBA partnership as primary ticketing agent for SeatGeek when it was signed in 2017, has been extended for an undisclosed second term. “In 2017, the Pelicans were at the forefront of pushing the industry forward through a new ticketing technology that puts our fans first and we believe our fans have seen many benefits ever since we switched to SeatGeek,” said Michael Stanfield, New Orleans Pelicans Senior Vice President of Sales. “SeatGeek continues to go above and beyond to help us integrate new technologies that ultimately create a better in-venue experience for our fans. We were, and still are, proud to be the first NBA team to bring SeatGeek on as a partner. We cannot wait to see what more we can accomplish together in the future.” The announcement comes fresh on the heels of some controversy surrounding SeatGeek and one of its other NBA partners, the Brooklyn Nets. The New York franchise made waves when news broke in December that it was ditching SeatGeek less than two years after signing on as a client , going back instead to Ticketmaster, its former ticketing agent. Many have speculated that the decision was fueled by Ticketmaster parent Live Nation’s ability to starve a venue of tours it promotes if it shifts its ticketing contracts to competitors, given the reduction in shows that Brooklyn saw as a SeatGeek client, though a story in Billboard cites industry insiders who say otherwise . Regardless, the extension in New Orleans is a welcome shift back to positive news for SeatGeek, which touts its continued growth as a primary ticketing partner for organizations such as New Orleans. In 2022, the company announced partnerships with 16 clients, including the NBA’s Utah Jazz, NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and Washington Commanders, NHL’s Florida Panthers, NASCAR, Fiesta Bowl, San Diego Open, New Mexico United, two Football Clubs in the UK with Leeds United and Watford F.C., and a league-wide deal with the United Soccer League (USL). “Every client is important to SeatGeek, but the Pelicans hold a particularly special place in our hearts as our first-ever NBA partner,” said Danielle du Toit, President of SeatGeek’s enterprise business. “Simply satisfying fans isn’t enough for the Pels. They consistently challenge us to create and integrate new features that exceed fan expectations. The extension of our partnership is a testament to the relationship we’ve built over the past six years and our shared goal to never settle for the status quo.” SeatGeek also serves as the ticketing agent for the New Orleans Saints organization, having renewed that partnership late in 2022 . Last Updated on February 1, 2023 by Dave Clark The post SeatGeek Announces Extension of New Orleans Pelicans Deal appeared first on TicketNews .
The highly acclaimed disco pop musical Here Lies Love is set to debut on Broadway this summer . Based on the life of the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, the musical was created by Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner David Byrne, who provided concept, music, and lyrics; and Grammy Award winner Fatboy Slim, who set the hand to the music of the show. Performances will begin on June 17 with an opening night on July 20. Ticket and casting information will be announced at a later date. Making its world premiere in 2013 at the off-Broadway Public Theatre, Here Lies Love had its biggest staging at London’s Royal National Theatre in 2014, and also returned to the Public Theatre in 2014-15. It was last staged in America at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2017. The collaboration spanning ten years on the musical includes Tony Award winning director Alex Timbers, Olivier Award nominee choreographer Annie-B Parson, as well as David Byrne and Fatboy Slim for its Broadway run again. It will feature additional music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo. The audience will witness the venue’s traditional proscenium floor to be turned into a dance club environment where they can stand, move and dance along with the actors during the performance. Both standing and seating options will be provided when ticket information and further details are announced. Here Lies Love ’s Broadway production belongs to Hal Luftig, Patrick Catullo, Diana DiMenna for Plate Spinner Productions, and Clint Ramos and Jose Antonio Vargas, the latter two being billed as the first-ever Filipino lead producers on Broadway. “As a team of binational American producers, Filipinos among us, we are thrilled to bring Here Lies Love to Broadway. We welcome everyone to experience this singularly exuberant piece of theatre,” the producers stated. “The history of the Philippines is inseparable from the history of the United States, and as both evolve, we cannot think of a more appropriate time to stage this show. See you on the dance floor!” Centering around the rise to power and downfall of Imelda Marcos, the wife of Ferdinand Marcos who led an oppressive regime in the Philippines until the mid ’80s, Here Lies Love has “the proverbial bit of something for everybody – ingénue ballads, Elton John-style ‘70s pop-disco, tropical love songs, angry soul stirrers, political rockers, folk protest tunes, tinges of techno, and pretty straightforward musical theater tunes” according to a review published on Variety . The creative team for Here Lies Love on Broadway includes three-time Tony Award nominee David Korins (scenic design), Tony Award winner Clint Ramos (costume design), Tony Award winner Justin Townsend (lighting design), M.L. Dogg & Cody Spencer (sound design), and three-time Tony Award nominee Peter Nigrini (projection design), with casting by Tara Rubin CSA, Xavier Rubiano CSA, Gail Quintos and general management by Foresight Theatrical. Giselle “G” Töngi is the show’s Cultural and Community Liaison. Additional members of the creative team will be announced at a later date. Broadway Tickets Broadway tickets at MEGASeats.com | 10% Off Using Code TICKETNEWS Broadway tickets at Scorebig Broadway tickets at SeatGeek Broadway tickets at StubHub Broadway tickets at Ticket Club | Free Membership Offer Broadway tickets at Vivid Seats Last Updated on February 1, 2023 by Dave Clark The post David Byrne’s Imelda Marcos Musical Heading To Broadway appeared first on TicketNews .
President Biden asked legislators to take action on his competition agenda Wednesday morning, and near the top of his list of priorities is reform in live event ticketing. He asked lawmakers to put forward a so-called Junk Fee Prevention Act that would “crack down on excessive online concert, sporting event, and other entertainment ticket fees” by prohibiting excessive fees, requiring that such fees be disclosed up front, and also mandate disclosure of “any ticket holdbacks that diminish available supply.” “While antitrust enforcement agencies have the authority to investigate and address anti-competitive conduct in the industry, the President urges Congress to act now to reduce these fees through legislation,” the White House said in its release announcing the priorities . The focus on junk fees is nothing new – the Federal Trade Commission has been pushing for reform on fees in ticketing for several years coming out of a pre-pandemic hearing on the industry, and the President indicated his support for such reforms in the fall of 2022 . But the holdback transparency is another key factor for consumers – who often don’t realize that event operators regularly keep large percentages of tickets held back from sale, giving the appearance that an event is close to or even fully sold out, causing them to purchase tickets for fear of missing out on the opportunity, regardless of how high the prices have been surged. While companies like Ticketmaster and Live Nation regularly blame ticket resale or “bots” for the enormous spike in ticket prices consumers are paying, many believe that price inflation by hiding the true available supply through holdbacks is the biggest factor in that price surge, with the industry hoping to sell consumers and lawmakers on resale being the issue rather than their own deceptive practices . Rep. Bill Pascrell, a longtime critic of Ticketmaster and Live Nation who is the principal sponsor of the BOSS Act – a bill proposing numerous reforms to the ticketing industry that specifically addresses both junk fees and holdback transparency – applauded the President’s focus on the need for reform. “Today President Biden announces one of the most consumer-friendly platforms ever uttered by an American leader,” said Rep. Pascrell. “Modern life has become frustrating for so many Americans as they face a seemingly endless line of bills and hidden fees seeking to lighten our pockets. The surprise fees leveled at fans and keeping fans in the dark about ticket holdbacks for live events epitomizes that hostility to regular Americans. For decades, American fans have cried out for help, cried out for regulation of a marketplace that has become more larcenous than a Wild West saloon. This is something all Americans, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents agree on: fees are strangling Americans and at long last they must be stopped. President Biden supporting our cause the week after industry reforms were also demanded by a bipartisan Senate panel proves that the time for action is now. We can institute many of these reforms by enacting my BOSS ACT, longstanding legislation I’ve put forward to reform the ticketing marketplace.” Support for President Biden’s plan was also put forward by the National Association of Ticket Brokers , a trade group supporting ticket resale rights and consumer-friendly policy. Its statement specifically called out the “scheme called slow ticketing” used by Ticketmaster and Live Nation to hold back huge portions of tickets for most events without disclosure when tickets go on sale. Once the public is convinced that tickets are sold out, additional tickets are slowly released to the market, leading to a perceived yet artificial scarcity that convinces consumers to pay surged prices – referring to the process as a deceptive marketing practice. “We applaud President Biden and his administration for wanting to address certain problems that infect the ticketing ecosystem,” the statement reads, in part. “This is a terrific signal from the White House just one week after the U.S. Senate provided the world with a front row seat to learn about how uneven, unfair, and rigged the live events system is today. Hopefully this will result in greater transparency and competition in the market so that consumers have more information, options, and freedom when it comes to buying tickets.” As far as “junk fees” are concerned, most consumers are well aware of the standard operating procedure for live event ticketing. Almost every website out there offering tickets for sale – regardless of whether they are box office or resale tickets – displays one ticket price while consumers are browsing an event. That price is not the actual price, however. The true price is typically far higher, as much as 50 percent higher, according to a GAO report cited by the White House in Wednesday’s release. The true price is not revealed until deep into the transaction process, when consumers have typically committed to buying the tickets regardless of the added fees. To consider such fees in practice, lets compare listings for Super Bowl LVII tickets on three ticket resale marketplaces. Two – StubHub and Vivid Seats – are traditional service fee systems, which do not show fees up front. Consumers shopping on either will find a ticket available for purchase in Section 453, Row 22. On StubHub, that ticket is shown as having a price of $5,176 . On Vivid, it is displayed with an asking price of $5,356 . A third site – Ticket Club – is a membership-based system where consumers do not pay a service fee over the display price. There, the same section and row ticket cost is $6,106 . If someone is comparison shopping, it seems cut-and-dried – StubHub has the best deal, followed by Vivid Seats, with Ticket Club substantially more expensive. But when you actually click through to the purchase point, the seats on StubHub are subject to fees that add more than 35% of the displayed price, bringing the actual consumer price to $6,993. Vivid Seats fees are slightly less – the price jumps by a mere $1,013 to $6,369. So the actual price charged by Ticket Club for its members is more than $200 less than Vivid Seats and $800 below StubHub’s value. Ticket marketplaces were warned that all-in pricing rather than drip pricing should become the norm, and some websites have embraced the process – or at minimum instituted a toggle that allows consumers to view tickets including estimated fees while browsing, but it seems clear that many companies do not want to be transparent about fees without a requirement to do so. StubHub has even removed its toggle to view prices with fees (Vivid Seats never had one). There is no timeline for when President Biden expects legislation to be drafted, but Rep. Pascrell has introduced the BOSS Act several times, most recently in 2019. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who led last week’s Senate Judiciary Hearing on live event ticketing, has indicated that legislation is already being drafted. TicketNews reached out to Live Nation and Ticketmaster for their thoughts on President Biden’s push for legislation. No response has been received as of mid-day Wednesday. This story will be updated that changes. Last Updated on February 1, 2023 by Dave Clark The post Pres. Biden Asks for Ban on “Junk Fees”, Holdback Transparency appeared first on TicketNews .