Ticketmaster will face a hearing in the United States Congress after the fiasco in the Taylor Swift ticket presale
After what Taylor Swift to rule on the ticket crisis he faced ticket master during the presale of The Eras Tour, The United States Congress will officially begin a hearing to review the company’s activities and whether it is violating the country’s competition laws, where monopolies are prohibited.
These concerns were expressed by several members of Congress through social networks. Y Senator Amy Klobuchar he even sent a formal letter to the CEO of Ticketmaster, michael rapino to make public the operations of the company. This same senator is the one who is formally initiating the legal process.
Ticketmaster’s monopoly problem
It’s a statement, Klobuchar assured that “Last week, the problem of competition in the ticketing market became painfully obvious when Ticketmaster failed hundreds of thousands of people trying to buy concert tickets.”
But that’s not all, the senator also said that it has been possible to observe price gouging, high rates, problems with the site and cancellations, and she is sure that “Ticketmaster’s privileged position in the market means that it does not feel pressured to innovate and improve its service.”
Therefore, they decided to organize a formal hearing with ticket master in order to discuss how these practices are harming the consumer, but also seek “exercise the authority of the antitrust subcommittee to ensure that anticompetitive mergers and exclusionary conduct are not harming an industry already affected by the pandemic and quarantine.”
This is the first time Ticketmaster has faced this kind of scrutiny since 2010, when it merged with the mega event planning company LiveNation. Since then, there is no other company that offers ticket sales in the United States, and since the company has large contracts with the most important artists in the world and they are the ones who organize their events, have been able to operate despite their many controversies and consumer complaints.
A problem that has been going on for years.
Although hardly the US government will take action against the company, in reality ticket master It has not been without controversy. The company LiveNation has been involved in at least 200 deaths and 750 accidents during its events since 2006.
In fact, in 2013 the company was sued for negligence after the collapse of a stage will cause the death of a person during a concert Radiohead. But in the end the lawsuit was dismissed on the premise that it had been “accidental death.”
The manager of Destiny’s Child: Matthew Knowles tried to sue the company for fabricating false information about Beyonce in 2011. The company was also involved in 387 lawsuits sparked by the case of an incident at the Astroworld Festival, where a crowd caused chaos and led to at least 10 deaths. However, until now none of these complaints had formally proceeded nor did they generate real consequences for the company.