Cicilline sees ‘Red’ after Ticketmaster, Taylor Swift presale woes

WASHINGTON (WLNE) — First, there was some “Bad Blood” between Taylor Swift fans and Ticketmaster after presale woes. Now, Washington is seeing “Red,” calling the ticketing website “an unchecked monopoly.”

Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline tweeted on Tuesday that the wait times and fees are unacceptable, “as seen with today’s @taylorswift13 tickets, and are a symptom of a larger problem [sic].”

Cicilline said that Ticketmaster’s 2010 merger with LiveNation should have never been approved.

Now, he’s calling on the Department of Justice to “investigate Live Nation’s efforts to jack up prices and strangle competition.”

On Twitter, Cicilline shared a letter written to the DOJ in 2021, calling on the live entertainment ticketing giant to be revisited.

“The company is now leveraging its position in the primary channel to drive out competition in this resale market and allowing for potentially unfair and deceptive practices,” the letter read.

Also Tuesday, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “They need to be reigned in. Break them up.”

Ticketmaster said it saw a “historic demand for tickets” to Swift’s “The Era’s Tour,” which will kick-off next year and make a three-day stop at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

The “Great War” may not be over between Swifties and Ticketmaster, but presales are expected to continue Wednesday, so hopefully fans will have the change to enter the new music “Era.”

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