April 25, 2013

Corporate Ticket Conference Bridges Buyer/Seller Divide

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(from Venues Today, April 17, 2013) The Corporate Ticketing Impact Conference was held at MetLife Stadium on April 16. This first-of-its-kind conference brought together a group of corporate ticket buyers and premium sales representatives and was geared toward developing communication and brokering better deals. Bill Dorsey, Founder and Chairman of the Association of Luxury Suite […]

April 25, 2013

Boston Manhunt Shuts Down City’s Live-Music Scene

Boston Deals With Aftermath Of Marathon Explosions

(from Billboard.biz, April 19, 2013) Since the Boston Marathon bombing, a manhunt has been held to search for one of the suspects. This search shut down Boston for much of Friday. Consequently, many venues and other music promoters have cancelled their scheduled events. A talent buyer for Bowery Presents Boston, Josh Bhatti, said that the […]

April 25, 2013

No Trouble at London Marathon

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(from Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2013) The Boston Marathon, which is usually a momentous race, turned into terrorist event just six days before the London Marathon was to go underway. Rodney Mushanganyisi ran in the Boston Marathon and was determined to run in the London one as well. Rodney said, “After finishing Boston, I […]

April 18, 2013

IMG Acquires Event Management Firm

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(from Sports Business Journal, April 15, 2013) Ken Kennerly’s IGP Sports and Entertainment Group is to partner with IMG’s golf division to boost IMG’s efforts of managing more events in North America and focusing on creating a strong presence in Jupiter, Florida, a golf-rich area. With about 50 events around the world each year, event management […]

April 18, 2013

Boston Radio Provides Information, Comfort Following Marathon Tragedy

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                    (from Billboard.biz, April 16, 2013) Following the tragic explosions during the 117th running of the Boston marathon, live and local radio stations reinforce its value as a provider of information. Local radios informed listeners of the most up to date details and of places to […]

April 18, 2013

OvertureCon Aims to Bridge the Fan/Band Divide

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(from Venues Today, April 10, 2013) OvertureCon is looking to offer something the music business has not seen, a music conference aimed at music fans. Most music conferences are dedicated to industry executives, but a group of friends and indie music pros are working together to create OvertureCon. The idea came from Sabrina Greenwood- Briggs […]

April 11, 2013

Band From The Hotel

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(from Billboard Magazine, April 13, 2013)  Concerts in hotels may sound like a recipe for disaster, but that’s exactly what Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is using to build up their guest-rewards program, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).  In partnership with Live Nation, Starwood will turn its signature hotels into venues for intimate acoustic sets by […]

April 11, 2013

Huskies Back On Top With 93-60 Win Over Cardinals

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(from Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2013) Connecticut tied Tennessee’s women’s basketball record the most NCAA tournament championships.  This feat was accomplished with their 93-60 victory over Louisville on Tuesday. The balance of power in women’s basketball that was once run by both Connecticut and Tennessee is starting shift back to Connecticut.  Connecticut started the […]

April 11, 2013

The Home of the Jets and the Giants Will Become Body Slam Central for a Night

29th annual WrestleMania is hosted at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

(from The New York Times, April 7, 2013) World Wrestling Entertainment (W.W.E.) has built excitement for its 29th annual WrestleMania. The popularity of the event has been growing and more than 75,000 fans are expected to attend WrestleMania at MetLife Stadium. WrestleMania has been out growing arenas, and in 2007 W.W.E. began hosting the event […]

April 4, 2013

N.Y. Giants Make Rare Move, Extend Brand to Health Center

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(from Sports Business Journal, April 1, 2013) The New York Giants has decided to extend their brand as one of the most honored NFL teams in the league, to health and fitness. The Giants plan to open their first facility in December, which will be named Hackensack UMC Fitness & Wellness Center. The facility is […]

April 4, 2013

Facebook Publicizes Photo Rules

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(from Venues Today, March 27, 2013) Venues across the world are using Facebook to market their facility, but what many do not know is there are rules they must follow. A new was restriction recently put into place by Facebook that says cover photos must be no more than 20% text.  The restriction was put in place in December 2012, […]

April 4, 2013

Ticketfly Execs Talk Canadian Growth, Future Expansion

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(from Billboard Magazine, April 2, 2013) Ticketfly, a San Francisco-based ticket company, launched into Canada in January. The company processed $126 million in gross ticket sales in the U.S. in 2012, which was up 62% from 2011. They also claim that venues and promoters who switched to Ticketfly in 2011 had an increase in ticket […]

March 27, 2013

WBC: Global Reach, but Still Grasping in U.S.

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(from Sports Business Journal, March 25, 2013) The Dominican Republic was crowned champions of the World Baseball Classic this year at AT&T Park, wrapping up what was statistically the most successful WBC ever. Record event attendance was set at 885,212. TV ratings hit historical highs in many different countries, online views from WorldBaseballClassic.com were more […]

March 27, 2013

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MTV VMAs Headed to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

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(from Billboard.biz, March 25, 2013) Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is going to play host to the 30th anniversary of MTV’s Video Music Awards on August 25. This will mark the first large-scale awards show that will be televised from Brooklyn.  MTV hinted about the venue on its social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram. The VMA’s […]

March 27, 2013

Simmons’ Tourney Plans Show Importance of Second Screen

ESPN and Bill Simmons will offer live streaming commentary for March Madness games.

(from Sports Business Daily, March 25, 2013) For the past year, networks have been trying to respond to consumers increase in using smartphones and tablets as a companion to watching television. Networks have termed these companions “second screens.” ESPN responded last week by releasing their plan to have one of its biggest stars, Bill Simmons, […]

March 21, 2013

Kim Dotcom at SXSW: Megabox Online Music Service Could Launch in Next Six Months

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(from Billboard.biz, March 11, 2013)  Monday at SXSW Interactive, Kim Dotcom, founder of the now defunct Megaupload, joined the conference via Skype from his home in New Zealand.  Dotcom drew a bigger crowd than a keynote by Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde three years ago ago at SXSW.  He spent the hour long question and […]

March 21, 2013

Pepsi Rises to Founding-partner Status with Blues

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(from Sports Business Journal, March 11, 2013) Pepsi has just signed a contract with the St. Louis Blues to renew their partnership for 5 more years. This contract involves the Blues, Scottrade Center, and Peabody Opera House as well. Since the Scottrade Center opened in 1994, Pepsi has exclusively sold its soft drinks in the […]

March 21, 2013

Citi Wrapping Up USOC Renewal

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(from Sports Business Journal, March 18, 2013) Citi and the U.S. Olympic Committee are in the process of finalizing an agreement allowing Citi to return as the official retail bank of Team USA for the 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio Games.  The proposed deal is valued at $15 million over 4 years.  TD Ameritrade also announced […]

March 21, 2013

Mexico’s Vive Latino Music Fest Grows, Eyes U.S. Expansion

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(from Billboard Magazine, March 17, 2013) Vive Latino music festival, the largest privately sponsored Latin American festival in the world, was once a one-day event when it started. Today it is a weekend-long festival, filled with up-and-coming acts throughout Latin America to known European acts. Unfortunately due to health issues, the European group Blur and […]

March 7, 2013

Warner Music Inks Deal With Google for Music Subscription Services

Google is looking to team up with Warner Music Group to offer two new music services.

(from Billboard.biz, March 5, 2013) Google and Warner Music Group have teamed up to form a licensing deal for two new services Google is scheduled to release later this summer. Google is planning on offering two subscription services through its YouTube property and Google Play. Warner Music Group executives have refused to comment.  Google is […]