The fight between eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY)’s StubHub and Ticketmaster Inc. just got uglier, with the former suing the latter over the Golden State Warriors ticket policy, which SttubHub claims sidelines ticket resellers. The two companies have been at it for quite some time now, with both lobbying over ticket resale bills to the lawmakers.
StubHub is the largest Ticket reseller in the U.S and Ticketmaster is the main ticket seller for many concerts and professional sports teams. The two companies have been fighting courts for almost a decade now.
StubHub, a subsidiary of eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY), filed the suit claiming that Ticketmaster violated the antitrust law by prohibiting sale of season tickets for the Warrior Games by any other online e-ticketers except Ticketmaster. This, StubHub claimed, has been done purposely to put ticket resellers like itself and others out of business.
Ticketmaster retorted by calling the claim baseless as the policy banning sale of tickets by others, it proclaims, was done to protect the Warriors fans from getting fleeced. In Ticketmaster’s defence, Raymond Ridder, the spokesman for the Warriors, claimed that various third party sites cannot guarantee the authenticity of the tickets they are selling.
Hence, TicketMaster claims that the suit is baseless, it claims that it was done in the best interest of the consumers. The company also alleges that sites like StubHub buy tickets and then later sell the same to fans at a higher price. The company has expressed its desire to eliminate the brokers and reach out directly to the buyers.
Earlier in 2007, Ticketmaster sued eBay on grounds that StubHub was wrongly interfering in its exclusive rights to sell tickets for some concerts.
In 2010, TicketMaster, struck a deal, with the regulators over complaints that it had steered customers to more expensive tickets on its site for a Brice Springsteen concert. The company had to license ticketing software to a rival to reach the deal.
StubHub also claims that Ticketmaster has delayed tickets delivery. Tickmaster in responseclaims that it had done so to prevent unauthentic sites from reselling and fleecing consumers.