December 27, 2012
David E. Homan, 59, formerly of Newtown Square, chief operating officer of New Era Tickets, died Friday, Dec. 21, at Lankenau Hospital of complications from heart surgery. Mr. Homan, who spent more than 35 years in the sports, entertainment, and ticketing business, joined New Era in 2003. The company is a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor. Previously, he had been general manager of Ticketmaster in the Philadelphia region and for seven years was general manager for Ticketmaster in the New York area.
March 7, 2012
VILLANOVA will take part in the 2K Sports Classic in November to open its season, organizers announced. The Wildcats will host regional-round games Nov. 9 to 11 and then have a spot in the championship rounds Nov. 15 and 16 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Purdue, Alabama and Oregon State also will host regional games and advance to the Garden. In all, 12 teams will compete. The remaining eight schools will take part in subregional games at campus sites, while the four teams play in New York.
November 1, 2011 |
The Halloween business is really competitive," says Steve Kopelman , Arizona-based operator of haunted house attractions across the nation's Midwest and Southwest. Ticket sales rose and new haunted-housing developers crowded the market in the late 2000s as a rash of cut-'em-up Hollywood movies encouraged the fans of extra-bloody scenes. Retailers fed the market by pumping up Halloween promotions to bridge sales between back-to-school and Christmas. But the shock-seeking population is limited, and seasonal.
August 17, 2011 |
IN ITS GLORY DAYS as a burlesque house, the Trocadero Theatre in Chinatown ran ads describing performers like Shanda Lear ("lights up our stage"), Lynn Oleum ("she'll floor you"), Jerri Toll ("for men with tired blood") and Della K. Tessen ("a delicious platter"). Yesterday, the Troc, on Arch Street near 10th, a former strip joint that started as an opera house and is now a venue for grunge bands, described itself as bankrupt and specifically asked for protection from Ticketmaster. Its operators, Joon Associates Inc., and president Joanna Pang filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court in Philadelphia, seeking a "breathing spell" from creditors.
August 1, 2011 |
Every year, when the Eagles put single-game seats on sale, fans snatch them at an even faster rate than the club signs top free agents. The madness will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday - and likely end within a handful of minutes for the most popular games. Within a half-hour, the entire regular season is usually gone. For that reason, trying for a less popular game - like Oct. 2 against the San Francisco 49ers - is more likely to succeed than greedily going for the Sept. 25 home opener against the New York Giants, the Oct. 30 matchup with the hated Dallas Cowboys (even if it is at night)
November 30, 2010 |
You paid $25 for a club-level ticket to the Kenny Chesney show at Lincoln Financial Field in June? Better cough up some more, says Ticketmaster, which notified online buyers that they were undercharged because of an "inadvertent error at the box office. " The price of an upper-deck club-level ticket is $99.50. Plus fees. TicketNews.com, which broke the story, says Ticketmaster is giving buyers the option of getting a refund or paying the additional $74.50 by Friday. Between 200 and 300 tickets were affected.
June 15, 2010 |
At 10 this morning, Eagles single-game tickets went up for grabs online and by phone through Ticketmaster. By 10:30, only isolated seats - no two together - remained for an assortment of regular season games. At that point, the only game clearly marked "sold out" by Ticketmaster was the Oct. 3 return visit of Donovan McNabb as a Washington Redskin. By 11, the team had announced online that all the tickets were gone - even if Ticketmaster was still displaying results to requests for single seats to the Atlanta and Houston games.
March 22, 2010 |
Look for a bunch of major local concerts to go on sale this week. Almost all are available through LiveNation.com, as well as either through Ticketmaster.com or ComcastTix.com. First up, at 10 this morning, were tickets for Sting , with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra , at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday, July 10. Available through Live Nation and Ticketmaster. Tickets went on sale Saturday for Sting's July 9 concert at the Borgata in Atlantic City, through ComcastTix.
January 26, 2010 |
Comcast-Spectacor, an arena-management firm jointly owned by Comcast Corp. and Ed Snider, will purchase a ticketing-software business from Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. as part of a government settlement that clears the way for the proposed merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation Inc. The government said yesterday that Ticketmaster, which sells more than 100 million tickets a year, also has to license its primary ticketing software to AEG, the...
October 29, 2009 |
Nine months after Ticketmaster announced its proposed merger with Live Nation, the Justice Department's antitrust investigation seems to be entering the ninth inning, and the bases are loaded. Numerous consumer groups and 50 members of Congress have written in opposition to the merger. Britain's antitrust cops have also come out against it. And it's becoming clear to the public that the merger will harm consumers and competition. The reasons for the deal are quite transparent. Ticketmaster faced its first significant competitive threat when Live Nation announced earlier this year that it was entering the primary ticketing market.