Billboard’s August 27 story “Sens. Blumenthal and Klobuchar Call on Justice Dept. to Investigate Ticketing Industry” covers the senators’ letter to Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim requesting the DOJ’s antitrust division to look at overall competition in the ticketing business. The senators’ letter cites AAI’s work on ticketing, specifically AAI’s legal and economic analysis of the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. From the article:
… no company has come close to challenging Ticketmaster’s dominance in live entertainment. That’s brought increased scrutiny to Ticketmaster and a series of critical reports, cited by the senators in their letters, from groups like the American Antitrust Institute and the U.S. Government Accountability Office, as well as media reports about the company’s adherence to the decree and growing business in the secondary market.