Ticketing Startups Launch Multi-Million Dollar Funds To Combat TicketMaster Merger
With the proposed $2.5 billion merger between TicketMaster and Live Nation looming large, many venue owners and promoters are up in arms, deeming the deal anti-competitive and monopolistic (they may be right - the deal is being examined for possible anti-trust violations). Now ShowClix , a TicketMaster competitor that launched in early 2007, is launching the Fair Ticketing Fund , setting aside up to $5 million to entice venues and promoters away from the pending Live Nation Entertainment goliath. Other ticket vendors are also beginning to offer similar deals, including TicketBiscuit , which launched a $10 million fund last week. For those who aren't familiar with the ticketing business, here's a bit of a primer. TicketMaster has long been contracting venues into exclusive deals, promising some portion of the service fees (also known as convenience or venue fees) the site racks up as an incentive for them to sign on. TicketMaster has become notorious for gouging customers with these fees, and many fear that with the Live Nation deal they'll only continue to rise higher.
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