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Well it's about time

Well it's about time

Congressman asks for investigation of Ticketmaster, TicketsNow over Springsteen
By George Gombossy on February 3, 2009 2:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
PASCRELL SEEKS INVESTIGATION INTO TICKETMASTER BUSINESS PRACTICE WITH SUBSIDIARY, TICKETNOW

Press release:

WASHINGTON-- U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) today requested that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division investigate Ticketmaster's relationship with its subsidiary company, TicketsNow, following the company's handling of ticket sales for the Bruce Springsteen tour that became available on Monday February 2.

Dear Chairman Kovacic:

I am writing today to direct your attention to a potential conflict of interest regarding Ticketmaster and its affiliate company, TicketsNow. This issue has been brought to my attention through constituent complaints and press reports regarding the online sale of Bruce Springsteen concerts tickets at the IZOD Center in New Jersey and other locations all across the country.

As you know, Ticketmaster is a large ticket sales and distribution company that often serves as a venue's sole ticketing agent. A large percentage of their sales are made online through Ticketmaster.com. In a recent effort expand its business Ticketmaster acquired TicketsNow, a website which specializes in the secondary, resale market for tickets.

When tickets for Bruce Springsteen's new tour went on sale exclusively through Ticketmaster at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 2, 2009, scores of fans in New Jersey were met with technical difficulty on Ticketmaster.com that impaired them from making a purchase. Thousands of others who were fortunate enough to get beyond the technical problems were informed that the shows were sold out.

Conspicuously placed on the same screen that informed fans of ticket unavailability was an alternative purchasing option from TicketsNow.com. It offered the same tickets at a value marked up hundreds of dollars beyond their original face value.

I am troubled by how quickly tickets priced exponentially higher became available on the secondary market to thousands of rejected fans, many who also endured unfortunate technical problems on Ticketmaster.com.

I am concerned that the business affiliation between Ticketmaster and TicketsNow may represent a conflict of interest that is detrimental to the average fan. There is a significant potential for abuse when one company is able to monopolize the primary market for a product and also directly manipulate, and profit from, the secondary market.

Additionally, the speed with which tickets were made available on Ticketmaster's official resale affiliate site raises questions about whether TicketsNow brokers were given preferential treatment instead of competing on a level playing field with average consumers to purchase the tickets.

With so many families struggling in this economy, I am outraged by how expensive tickets to ball games, concerts and other shows have become. I understand the economic principles that have driven up the cost of entertainment, but will not tolerate unjust business practices that put regular Americans at a disadvantage.

I respectfully request that your office investigate the relationship between Ticketmaster and TicketsNow to ensure that the procedure for purchasing tickets remains fair to the average consumer. If you require any additional information or have any questions, please contact Arthur Mandel on my staff at (202) 225-5751. I look forward to the favor of your reply.

Sincerely,

Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Member of Congress

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RE: 3 Tickets for The Dead at MSG

just waiting on your paypal address to send the money...thank you...thank you...thank you!!!

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RE: 3 Tickets for The Dead at MSG 4-25

If you are interested feel free to e-mail me: relsimon3@gmail.com

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3 Tickets for The Dead at MSG 4-25

I have three extra tickets for The Dead at Madison Square Garden on April 25th,2009. The seat are: Section 341, Row E, Seats 11-9. I'm a loyal Deadhead looking to sell them at face value(including ticket master charges) $339.25.

"It always seems as if there's more at stake in a New York performance, not just in terms of success but that the possibility exists for transformation on a grand scale, rippling like waves out through the collective consciousness."
~Phil Lesh

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Have extra Sun. Nite Worcester- trade for Albany floor

Have an extra in 108 GG for the 4/19 Sun nite show at DCU. KIndly trade for an Albany floor tic or others. Will travel.

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Re:ISO 3 for MSG

my email is evanmarx3@gmail.com if you have um...thanks!

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Iso 3 for MSG

Looking for 3 tickets anywhere except behind the stage. I have 2 Dave Matthews Band at MSG for trade in the Press Box!

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In DIRE need of 2 For Denver!

I'm looking for face value and not behind or side stage, preferably the $55 variety. Can anyone please help? Thanks in advance!

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dcu

i need tickets for dcu center i need 3 for each night but will take any amount that is offered. of course i will pay face. peace and hugs to all

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dcu center

Looking for dcu center sat night . Will pay face plus charges. If anyone can help a brother out let me know. ajf6976@yahoo.com

thanks peace

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