A U.S. Senate antitrust panel will maintain a listening to on the shortage of competitors within the ticketing business after Ticketmaster’s issues final week managing the sale of Taylor Swift tickets, Senator Amy Klobuchar, chair of the panel, stated on Tuesday.
Senators Klobuchar and Mike Lee, the highest Republican on the committee, didn’t present a date for the listening to or a listing of witnesses.
“The excessive charges, website disruptions and cancellations that clients skilled reveals how Ticketmaster’s dominant market place means the corporate doesn’t face any strain to repeatedly innovate and enhance,” Klobuchar stated. “We’ll maintain a listening to on how consolidation within the dwell leisure and ticketing business harms clients and artists alike.”
Ticketmaster in a press release denied any anti-competitive practices and stated it remained below a consent decree with the Justice Division following a 2010 merger, including that there was no “proof of systemic violations of the consent decree.”
“Ticketmaster has a major share of the first ticketing providers market due to the massive hole that exists between the standard of the Ticketmaster system and the following finest main ticketing system,” the corporate stated.
Ticketmaster had beforehand blamed presale issues for Swift’s Eras tour, the pop famous person’s first tour in 5 years, on unprecedented demand and an effort to maintain out bots run by ticket scalpers.
For her half, Swift on Friday stated it was “excruciating” for her to look at followers battle to safe tickets and that she had been assured that Ticketmaster may deal with massive demand.
Klobuchar was one in every of three lawmakers who argued in a letter on Monday that Ticketmaster and proprietor Reside Nation Leisure, the occasions ticketing large behind the just lately botched sale of Swift live performance tickets, must be damaged up by the Division of Justice if any misconduct is present in an ongoing investigation.
The DOJ has confirmed lately to be rather more keen to file antitrust lawsuits in opposition to large corporations – together with the continuing December 2020 lawsuit in opposition to Google – and struggle mergers.