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Ticket Holders May Not Be Getting Refunds

Customers furious over Ticketmaster, StubHub policies

(Newser) - You might not be getting a refund for tickets purchased for a live show this year. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Digital Music News reports Ticketmaster has changed its policy so as to not offer refunds for events that are postponed or rescheduled—and there are thousands, from sporting events to... More »

'Squeaky-Clean' Guy Accused in $750K Super Bowl Scam

Ketan Shah seems like an unlikely perpetrator

(Newser) - A Georgia man has apparently swindled his family, friends, and personal connections—and even his own mother—out of more than $750,000 in a Super Bowl ticket scam, Deadspin reports. Seems Ketan Shah, a prominent Gwinnett County businessman and father of two, sold premium tickets to nearly a dozen... More »

Dave? Dave? Kansas City Man Gets Tickets for Being Kind

Offensive lineman Jeff Allen just had to find him

(Newser) - A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow, the AP reports. Offensive linesman Jeff Allen posted on Twitter that his car got stuck as he was heading to Arrowhead Stadium to take... More »

2 Charged in Ponzi Schemes Tied to Adele, Hamilton

Joseph Meli, Steven Simmons joked about their $81M 'shell game': FBI

(Newser) - Two men were charged Friday with roles in Ponzi schemes that cheated wealthy people, including some who believed they were investing in ticket businesses for popular shows like an Adele concert and Broadway's Hamilton. Joseph Meli, 42, of Manhattan, and Steven Simmons, 48, of Wilton, Conn., were arrested on... More »

Congress Cracks Down on Ticket-Buying Bots

New law will 'level the playing field' for ticket buyers

(Newser) - Congress has sent legislation to President Obama that could make it easier to get tickets to popular shows, sports events, and concerts. Legislation passed by voice vote in the House on Wednesday would crack down on computer software used by some ticket brokers to snap up tickets. The so-called "... More »

Fans Pay Record-Busting Bucks for Game 7 of World Series

Pair of seats behind Cubs dugout went for $19.5K each

(Newser) - A World Series win Tuesday night by the Chicago Cubs against the Cleveland Indians has forced a Game 7—and apparently forced someone with a lot of disposable income to open up quite a bit of their wallet. Per MarketWatch , a pair of seats behind the Cubs dugout at Cleveland'... More »

Ticketmaster Offers Millions of Free Tickets, Faces Backlash

Gig selection in class-action settlement leaves much to be desired

(Newser) - If you used Ticketmaster between 1999 and 2013, you could be eligible for up to 17 vouchers for free concerts—but there's a strong chance you'll have to settle for a band you don't like that's playing in a distant city. Fans were outraged Tuesday when... More »

Star Wars Trailer Airs, Awakens Chaos on Ticket Sites

Everyone's vying for tickets for December opening of JJ Abrams' film

(Newser) - The new Star Wars trailer debuted at halftime during ESPN's Monday Night Football, and immediately became a force to be reckoned with both on social media and ticket sites that crashed during presales for its Dec. 18 opening. Fandango and Movie Tickets both had issues after offering tickets even... More »

Cat Stevens Scraps Concert, Blames Scalpers

'The Peace Train is going to arrive at New York a little bit later than expected'

(Newser) - It was to be Cat Stevens' first show in New York City in some 35 years. But according to Stevens, who also goes by Yusuf Islam, ticket scalpers ruined the fun for everyone. In a post on his website , Stevens says he canceled the Dec. 7 show after fans told... More »

Police Scandal Leads to 6K Nixed Speeding Tickets

Houston officers filed falsified reports: officials

(Newser) - Some 6,150 speeding-ticket recipients are getting off easy: Their cases are being dismissed because they may have been victims of police misconduct, according to an investigation. Four Houston officers were found to have falsely reported each other as witnesses on tickets they wrote, investigators say. In some cases, one... More »

Man Throws Out Lottery Tickets Worth $1.25M

Pennsylvania lottery nut must have misread the numbers: store clerk

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man is kicking himself right about now. Last month, he bought 25 Quinto lottery tickets that won $50,000 each—or $1.25 million total—but never claimed them, probably because he misread the tickets, the York Daily Record reports. "He was mad," said Wendy Hinton,... More »

Gee Whiz: Mom Gets Big Fine After Toddler Pees in Yard

'He's 3 years old,' she protests

(Newser) - An Oklahoma woman got a $2,500 ticket for public urination Sunday, on behalf of her not-yet-potty-trained son. A police officer happened to be sitting in his cruiser near Ashley Warden's home when her toddler son Dillan pulled down his pants and peed in the front yard, the Oklahoman... More »

Who Tickets From 1979 Still Usable

Venue makes up for canceled Rhode Island show

(Newser) - If you're still fuming about a canceled Who gig in 1979, you're in luck: Your tickets to the Providence show will still work. The band is coming to the Rhode Island city for the first time in 33 years next February, and the venue—now known as the... More »

Louis CK Wins Big in Stiffing Ticketmaster

Sold 100K tickets directly to fans—in 2 days

(Newser) - Louis CK's idea to sell tickets directly to fans was officially a good one: Within less than two days, 100,000 tickets had been sold, the comedian tweeted last night. He added that "lotsa shows are sold out," but says more are being added. That doesn't... More »

Louis CK Now Hawking Tickets Directly to Fans

Comedian charges $45 each, cuts out service charges

(Newser) - Louis CK did very, very well when he decided to sell his self-produced comedy album directly to fans, so now he's using that same model to sell tickets to his upcoming tour. Rather than going through a ticketing service—notorious for adding on ridiculous charges—the comedian is selling... More »

Feds to Airlines: Stop Hiding Ticket Fees, Taxes

Carriers must advertise full price starting next month

(Newser) - Airlines will soon be forced to advertise the full price of tickets—including government taxes and fees—instead of a stripped-down price with an asterisk. The rule scheduled to go into effect in late January is designed to keep prospective fliers from getting a nasty surprise several steps into the... More »

Qantas Offers Free Tickets to Grounded Fliers

Offer will cost troubled airline $20M

(Newser) - You may be eligible for free tickets if last year's Qantas airline shutdown left you stranded, the BBC reports. Last November, Qantas grounded its entire fleet —and left travelers stuck in 22 cities—after a mid-air engine explosion forced an emergency landing in Singapore. Now the airline is... More »

Teen Leads City's Fight on Red-Light Cameras

17-year-old Josh Sutinen running initiative to ban them in Longview, Washington

(Newser) - Josh Sutinen isn't old enough to vote and only got his driver's license last month, but he's already among the leaders in a national backlash against cameras that issue traffic tickets. The 17-year-old has worked for most of this year pushing an initiative to ban red-light and... More »

Want Super Bowl Tickets? Cough Up $5K

That's twice last year's resale figure

(Newser) - Tickets to Sunday’s big game are reselling for an average of $4,683, nearly twice the average $2,420 that last year’s Colts-Saints match-up commanded. Don’t expect to get your hands on tickets for less than $2,309 online: those are the cheapest that could... More »

Ticketmaster: We Know, You Hate Our Fees

Company will be more up-front ... but not cheaper

(Newser) - Ticketmaster has finally acknowledged the seemingly obvious: that its service fees are annoying and cause some people to abandon the ticket-buying process entirely. In the company’s new blog , CEO Nathan Hubbard attributes the universal hatred of service fees to the fact that buyers “don’t understand what the... More »

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