Report: DOJ Preparing To Sue Live Nation, Ticketmaster For Purported Monopoly Over Ticketing Industry

(Top) In this photo illustration, A ticketmaster website is shown on a computer screen on November 18, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) / (Bottom) A Live Nation sign is seen inside a Blockbuster store February 11, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

OAN’s Brooke Mallory
11:54 AM – Wednesday, April 17, 2024

As early as next month, the Department of Justice intends to launch a significant antitrust action against Live Nation, the parent company of Ticketmaster, according to a report.


The Wall Street Journal first published the story on Monday and cited individuals familiar with the situation. The lawsuit will accuse the nation’s largest concert producer of using its position of dominance to undercut competitors.

However, the site refrained from reporting on the precise accusations that will be made in the lawsuit. 

The New York Times previously reported that in 2022, when Taylor Swift fans were attempting to purchase pre-sale tickets for her “Eras Tour,” Ticketmaster crashed, prompting the DOJ to launch an investigation into whether Live Nation maintains a monopoly on the industry.

In 2010, when the Justice Department approved the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster, officials pledged to increase competition in the ticketing industry.

The concert promoter Live Nation, which at the time owned or operated around 135 significant concert venues worldwide, was accused by critics at the time of pushing these venues into solely using its new ticketing arm, which would increase ticket prices for customers rather than decrease them, according to the Journal.

Later, antitrust authorities revised the 2010 settlement to include an anti-retaliation clause that would subject Live Nation to a $1 million penalty each time it threatened to withhold shows if a venue sold tickets through a company other than Ticketmaster. The 2010 deal’s terms were originally scheduled to expire in 2019, but they were extended to 2025.

“Ticketmaster has more competition today than it has ever had, and the deal terms with venues show it has nothing close to monopoly power,” a Ticketmaster spokesperson told reporters. 

Live Nation’s head of corporate affairs, Dan Wall, refuted monopoly claims by stating that “teams and artists set the prices for tickets” in an essay posted on the company website last month. The only thing Ticketmaster and other “primary ticketing companies” do, according to him, is offer “the technology and services that venues need to manage and market shows, sell tickets, and validate tickets for entry.”

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