Live Nation under fire: what does this mean for event organizers?

Live Nation under fire: what does this mean for event organizers?

The US Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment, the company behind Ticketmaster. This case accuses Live Nation of abusing their dominant position in the ticketing market. This news is not only relevant to the United States, but could also have implications for other markets and for event organizers worldwide.


In 2010, Live Nation acquired Ticketmaster, a decision that gave them enormous power in primary ticket sales. According to the Justice Department's complaint, this power has allowed Live Nation to ban competitors and force artists to work exclusively with Ticketmaster. This has led to higher ticket prices for consumers.



What does the Ministry of Justice require?

The complaint demands several measures from Live Nation to make the market fairer:


  • Divesting Ticketmaster : Live Nation must sell Ticketmaster as a separate company.
  • Anti-competitive conduct ban : Live Nation may no longer enter into exclusive contracts with artists or venues.

  • Restrictions on dynamic pricing : The use of dynamic pricing, where ticket prices are adjusted in real time, should be limited.



What does this mean for event planners?

This lawsuit could have a major impact for event planners. A possible spin-off of Ticketmaster from Live Nation could lead to more competition in the ticketing market, which could be beneficial for organizers. This can result in better rates for ticket sales services and more freedom of choice when selecting ticket sales partners. Furthermore, a ban on exclusive contracts with artists and venues could make the market more open and accessible, giving smaller and independent event planners more opportunities to compete.


The antitrust case against Live Nation could therefore have major consequences for the ticket sales market, not only in the United States but also abroad.

Source: Photo: iStockphoto - Business AM & justice.gov

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