NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A group of ticket brokers has taken a stand against Ticketmaster after they announced last week that they were looking to acquire secondary ticket marketplace Ticknetsnow.com.
The news of the deal has fostered much hue and cry, and now, a group of anonymous ticket brokers have threatened to pull their listings from TicketsNow, TicketNews has reported. To compound matters for Ticketmaster, a Washington Post business columnist Steven Perlstein is calling for federal regulators to consider the antitrust ramifications of the proposed buyout.
"And you can be sure it won't be long before the venues give the newly combined firm the 'exclusive' rights to offer a secondary market for their tickets and threaten legal action against competing resellers that deal in their wares" wrote Perlstein wrote in a recent column on the subject. "all me cynical, but this doesn't exactly sound like a deal that's likely to increase competition, lower prices or expand consumer choice. The antitrust police ought to take a careful look at this one" – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers