Why go independent? Clearly, the economics are compelling. But ultimately it’s about owning your audience and controlling your business, instead of renting it from a company larger than you and without your interests at heart.
In a Wall Street Journal article out today, former Ticketmaster CEO, Fred Rosen, denounces the Ticketmaster model that he essentially created in the 1980s and ’90s. Says Rosen, “The middle-man model is dead.” Rosen’s new venture, according to
TicketBiscuit CEO Jeff Gale is extensively quoted in today’s web cover feature for Alternative Press about the impending mega-merger. Author Luke O’Neil does a great job covering the multiple perspectives about the deal, and gives a shout out to
A twitter friend brought this to my attention last week. I was at the beach getting some much needed R and R but felt that I should weigh in on it today.
According to this article by Al Branch over at
Last week both the House and Senate committees grilled panelists including Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino about the impending merger. Bill Wyman (@hitsville), myself (@ticketbiscuit) and a handful of others covered the events via twitter.
A colleague forwarded me this article today – apparently Spirit Airline is considering making customers pay for the privilege of booking tickets anywhere other than their ticket counters in airports.
Wow. Spirit must have some Ticketmaster folks on its board.