Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sad response to International Bowl

Well the international bowl appears to be a poor excuse for a bowl game. Tickets are going for below cost on Stubhub - and according to some reports are cheaper than UConn allumns are required to pay. Very unfortunate that UB finally gets to go to a Bowl Game after waiting 50 years and no body is going to see it.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Root to getting great tickets

The Ticket-Masters of the world have decided that it will be their practice to only release a percentage of the total tickets that are available for a show. The reasoning being that there is much more many to be made on tickets in the secondary market. Tickets as a result are being treated more like a commodity by TicketMaster and less like a means to provide fans with access to see their favourite groups. By holding back tickets - they are instantly creating a hyper eager market for the tickets. Even those who are online at the initial offering, usually don't receive on opportunity to buy tickets. We must ask, is this better for the consumer or just price gauging?? Does this give more people access to see the shows they want??

It may just represent a hit to the secondary market and ultimately takes the profit that ticket brokers would normally derive and puts it in the pockets of Tickets Now type sites. Which is owned by TicketMaster. Ultimately they are only creating a business model that is best for their bottomline. It is hard to blame a corporation for increasing their profit. As more acts strike up their own delivery deals, ie Madonna. And less work with dedicated ticket delivery engines like TicketMaster. They will be forced to relinquish more of the pie.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Brittany Spears Coming to Canada

With Brittany Spears announcing her up coming Canadian Dates. This will be a great show. Tickets are going to be expensive - like her or not - she is a great entertainer and puts on an amazing light and sound display. The cities she picked include Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. The Toronto Show is set for March 18th - with Montreal hitting the stage on March 20th. The fact that she isn't doing that many shows in the US - must mean that she is testing the water about her return to touring. Having an undersold show can do a great deal of damage to someones career.

Her US stops include Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Miami, Houston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and concluding in Chicago.

These destinations must be hotspots from a Fan Club perspective. Ensuring that her show is sold out. It is also surprizing that other major markets like New York, St Louis, Philadelphia weren't included.