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Taylor Swift The ticket maker saga continues Tuesday as Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Mn, and Mike Leigh, D-Utah, call top ticketing agency executives as witnesses before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights.

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In a message from the Senate, Klobuchar and Lee will “explore the lack of competition in the ticketing industry with the title ‘It’s a Ticket: Promoting Competition and Protecting Consumers in Live Entertainment’.”

Ticketmaster parent company Live Nation Entertainment president and chief financial officer Joe Berchtold and SeatGeek CEO Jack Groetzinger will both be called as witnesses at a hearing about problems in America’s ticketing markets.

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Last year, Swift reached a new peak in her own folklore after millions of fans lined up online for hours to buy tickets in November for The Eras Tour in 2023, only to miss out on seeing Anti- Hero.” the singer at one of the 35 stadium stops.


Jerry Mickelson, CEO of JAM Productions, Sal Nuzzo of the James Madison Institute, Kathleen Bradish of the American Antitrust Institute and Clyde Lawrence of the Lawrence Group will also be called as witnesses at the 10:00 am hearing.

Chair Klobuchar announced the creation of an antitrust subcommittee a week after the ticketing disaster, when lawmakers said “significant service disruptions” on the Ticketmaster website warranted oversight by antitrust regulators.

“Last week, the issue of competition in the ticketing markets became painfully clear when the Ticketmaster website let down hundreds of thousands of fans hoping to buy concert tickets,” Klobuchar said in a statement.


“The high fees, site outages, and cancellations experienced by customers show that Ticketmaster’s market dominance means the company doesn’t face any pressure to continually innovate and improve.”

Taylor Swift smiles in a dark purple velvet two-piece suit.

Live Nation and Ticketmaster merged in 2010 after officials, brokered by the Department of Justice, said it would encourage competition and lower ticket prices.

Klobuchar together with sens. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut. and Edward Markey, Massachusetts, said in a November letter that the ticketing company and distribution company should be dissolved if any irregularities were found.

“On its own, the investigation does nothing for stakeholders already affected by Live Nation’s market dominance and apparently ongoing anti-competitive behavior,” the lawmakers said, casting doubt on Ticketmaster’s alleged 60 percent control of the major events market.


“If the investigation reveals that Live Nation continues to abuse its dominant market position despite two prior consent rulings, we encourage the department to consider terminating the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger and splitting the company. This may be the only way to truly protect consumers, artists and venue operators and restore competition in the ticketing market.”

Senators Marsha Blackburn, D-Tn, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, also sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and urged the consumer protection agency to clarify what it is doing to combat scammers using bots to accumulate tickets.

The hearing will be held in front of the full Senate Judiciary Committee with Chairman Dick Durbin, IL, and new ranking member Lindsey Graham, RS.C.

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Over 3.5 million pre-registered Swifties lined up during the “Verified Fan” pre-sale but never managed to buy a seat after Ticketmaster. over 2 million tickets sold in the initial rush. The company later canceled the public sale due to “not enough remaining tickets”.

One of Ticketmaster’s largest shareholders said “14 million people” were trying to log in and buy tickets.

On the day that general sale tickets were supposed to become available, Swift broke her silence and addressed the debacle.

“It goes without saying that I am very protective of my fans,” Swift wrote. “There are many reasons why it has been so difficult for people to get tickets and I am trying to understand how this situation can be improved in the future. I’m not going to make excuses to anyone, because we asked them, several times, if they could handle such a demand, and we were sure that they could. It’s really amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it really pisses me off that so many of them feel like they survived multiple bear attacks to get them. .”


Then a few swifties sued Ticketmaster and Live Nation alleging that Ticketmaster is involved in antitrust violations, deception, fraud and price fixing. The lawsuit also accuses Ticketmaster of encouraging scalpers because the company earns commission income when tickets are resold on its platform.

country singer Zach Bryan said last year that he was “done” with Ticketmaster and has stuck with his plan ever since.

Last month, he unexpectedly released a live album called “All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster” and sold tickets to his concerts only through AXS.

“There seems to be a major issue with fair ticket prices for live performances lately. I’ve met kids at my gigs paying over $400 to be there and I’m done with it,” Brian wrote on Instagram over Christmas. Day.

“I’ve decided to play a limited number of top shows next year, for which I’ve done my best to keep prices as cheap as possible and to prove to people that tickets don’t have to be $450 to see a good and honest show. shows… I think working class people should still be able to buy tickets for shows. I’m so tired of people saying that nothing can be done about this serious problem while huge monopolies are sitting there stealing money from working class people.”