Benched: Fans Settle Suit Against NJ Devils for Restricting Season Ticket Resale

On Friday, June 10, 2016, U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi issued an order dismissing the New Jersey Devils’ ticket resale case without costs (Olsen et al v. New Jersey Devils, LLC., 2:15-cv-02807). The dismissal comes after parties reported that an agreement had been reached, settling the proposed class action suit. The suit stemmed from plaintiffs’ claim that their 2013-2014 season tickets were canceled after attempting to resell tickets on StubHub. In April 2015, two Devils fans, Ray Olsen and Alex Olsen,…
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Philadelphia 76ers: First NBA Jersey Sponsorship Signed as Part of Pilot Program

Despite the last place performance of the Philadelphia 76ers, the NBA team became the first North American professional sports team to sign a sponsorship for their jerseys. On Monday, May 17, 2016, the team announced that StubHub will become the first sponsor to advertise on a team jersey in the four major US sports. The deal, worth an estimated $5 million per year for three years, grants StubHub the rights to a 2.5-by-2.5 inch logo patch on the front left side of the jerseys.…
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True Intentions: Fans, Sports Team Clash Over Restrictions on Game Ticket Resale

Recently, there has been mounting tension between sports fans attempting to resell game tickets for their favorite teams and the very teams they support. Within the past few weeks for example, both the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Timberwolves have instituted policies requiring fans to present “verified electronic tickets” if using a ticket from a mobile device. Although “ticket scalping” has seemingly been around since the beginning of time, many of these limitations come in the wake of the rising popularity of resale platforms…
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Stubhub Files Notice of Appeal in Antitrust Lawsuit

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Stubhub filed its Notice of Appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, urging the Circuit Court to review its recently dismissed lawsuit against the reigning NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors. Stubhub originally filed its lawsuit in April, alleging that the Warriors violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by restricting the “resale” of season tickets to Ticketmaster’s platform. The Warriors and Ticketmaster countered with a motion to dismiss, arguing that Stubhub failed to allege a…
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StubHub Antitrust Suit Dismissed

The Golden State Warriors, the NBA’s reigning champions, won another victory last week, this time in the courtroom. On Thursday, November 5, 2015, a federal judge dismissed StubHub’s antitrust action against the Warriors and Ticketmaster. StubHub filed suit in April, alleging that the Warriors violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by restricting the resale of season tickets to Ticketmaster’s platform. The complaint alleged that the Warriors threatened to revoke ticket privileges, deny first bid at playoff tickets, and refusal to invite ticket holders back next…
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StubHub Claims Warriors & Ticketmaster Conspired to Form a Monopoly

Over the weekend, online ticket resale marketer StubHub, filed an antitrust lawsuit in Federal Court against the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and Ticketmaster, alleging conspiracy to create a monopoly. The Golden State Warriors have been very successful on the court as of late.  This year, the team clinched a playoff spot for the third straight season and secured the first seed in the playoffs in the western conference.  The team has also sold out 118 straight home games in addition to maxing out its season…
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