May 27, 2013 |
Glenn Egelko used Ticketmaster to buy tickets to a matchup this month at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena between the United States and Iranian wrestling teams. This was real wrestling - the kind that used to be part of the Olympics until Olympic officials killed the event. It wasn't the kind in which over-muscled men leap from the tops of the ropes or bash each other with folding chairs. In any case, it was during the purchase process on Ticketmaster's website that Egelko, 63, of Ventura, encountered something unexpected.
February 4, 2013 |
Ticketmaster, long the dominant player in the concert ticket space, now has major company. Los Angeles-based AEG, the sports and entertainment empire that owns Staples Center, Nokia Theatre, L.A. Live, the Kings and a minority stake in the Lakers, is angling to reinvent the ticketing business. It's counting on Staples Center, the busiest concert venue in the United States, to get there. AEG is now selling concert tickets at its trio of L.A. Live venues via its 18-month-old AXS ticketing platform.
August 24, 2011 |
Will Ticketmaster be outpunched by its former chief executive? Fred Rosen, who is credited as the primary architect of Ticketmaster's dominance in the ticketing business, this weekend will begin rolling out a new service to rival his old company. And he's starting by taking away Ticketmaster's biggest customer — AEG, a Los Angeles entertainment company owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz that promotes thousands of concerts a year and operates more than 130 venues around the world, including Staples Center and L.A. Live.
July 10, 2009 |
Ticketmaster and Priceline.com Inc. said they would team up to give the ticket seller's online customers access to various travel services. Terms were not disclosed.
February 24, 2009 |
The New Jersey attorney general's office has reached a settlement with Ticketmaster over the recent sale of tickets to Bruce Springsteen performances in that state, calling for major changes to the way Ticketmaster does business. The settlement -- announced Monday, a day before hearings open in Washington on the proposed merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation -- requires Ticketmaster to reform several of its business practices, in particular with regard to its ticket resale operation, TicketsNow.
January 31, 1985 |
It was April 12, 1983--opening day for the Chicago White Sox--and Ticketmaster's chairman, Fred Rosen, was worried that all 38,306 fans would be sitting in the same seat. Fearing a last-minute snafu, the 41-year-old New York lawyer-turned-entrepreneur had come to Comiskey Park to see the fruits of his small, upstart company's first major triumph over Ticketron, the nation's giant computerized ticket agency. "Seeing all those people there with your tickets . . .