January 7, 2010 |
The recession apparently hasn't struck deep in the heart of Texas. Nor has it reached sweet home Alabama. Tickets for the Bowl Championship Series national title game between Alabama and Texas tonight at the Rose Bowl have sold for an average of $943 on StubHub, a 37.9% increase over the $684 average paid last year for the BCS title game between Florida and Oklahoma. It is the highest-grossing bowl game this season on StubHub and ranks fifth on its all-time list of highest-grossing events.
August 4, 2013 |
Dale Rech, an avid USC football fan who lives in Florida, decided a few years ago that he wanted to attend USC's game at Notre Dame. Rech dived into the secondary ticket market, choosing StubHub. He was willing to pay a premium. "The seat I ended up buying had about a 300% markup," Rech said. "To me it was worth it. And it was a good seat. " Skip Elefante, a Tustin businessman, regularly deals with StubHub and other secondary ticket marketers to both buy and sell tickets. He sells his tickets for what he paid and sometimes sees his ticket go for well over market value.
October 31, 2011 |
Acne-fighting app — There are smartphone applications for just about everything, but one company went too far by claiming its app could clear up acne, the Federal Trade Commission said. The agency obtained a court order prohibiting AcneApp and AcnePwner from making acne-treatment claims. The apps were sold on Apple's iTunes store and the Android Market and claimed to treat acne with colored lights emitted from smartphones. The app sold for $1.99 on iTunes and 99 cents on the Android marketplace, the FTC said.
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April 30, 2013 |
Jimmy Camp of Orange says he has been frustrated trying to buy concert or sporting-event tickets online just as they go on sale only to see them sell out within minutes before he can buy anything. He blames ticket-buying software that allows scalpers to sweep up thousands of tickets before regular fans get a shot. On Tuesday, a state Assembly panel approved legislation that would make it a misdemeanor to use such robotic software to buy tickets. “Fans deserve fair access,” Camp told the Assembly Judiciary Committee, which voted 8-0 to approve AB 329. It still requires approval by the full Assembly and Senate.
April 23, 2013 |
Legislation that would have outlawed restrictions on the resale of sports and concert tickets was killed by a California Assembly committee Tuesday. The bill, backed by StubHub, would have granted fans ownership of whatever ticket they buy. StubHub and its allies argued that a team was no different than a car dealer - once you buy a commodity, you should be allowed to resell it whenever and however you liked. The Angels aligned with other teams and venues in opposing the bill, arguing that it would help StubHub and other ticket resellers buy blocks of tickets and sell them above face value.
January 16, 2008 |
Ticketmaster, the largest seller of sports and concert tickets in the U.S., agreed to buy online reseller TicketsNow for $265 million to compete with StubHub, a unit of EBay Inc. The sale should be completed by the end of the first quarter, said a statement issued by West Hollywood-based Ticketmaster, a unit of Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp. The purchase of the reseller of sports and concert tickets comes a month after Ticketmaster announced an agreement with the National Football League to resell tickets over the Internet.