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Ticketmaster Denies Report It Stifles Concert-Access Competition

  • New York Times reports DOJ looking at possible antitrust issue
  • Live Nation agreed to limits in 2010 purchase of Ticketmaster
The Ticketmaster Entertainment LLC website is displayed for a photograph in New York, U.S.

The Ticketmaster Entertainment LLC website is displayed for a photograph in New York, U.S.

Photographer: Scott Eells

Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. says it isn’t stifling competition in the concert industry, pushing back against a report that the U.S. Department of Justice is probing whether its parent company is abiding by an antitrust agreement from eight years ago.

Justice Department officials are looking into possible cases where parent Live Nation Entertainment Inc. pressured venues in Atlanta, Las Vegas and other cities into using Ticketmaster to sell tickets to those shows or lose the venue business, the New York Times reported Sunday. The Times cited emails shown to it by Ticketmaster’s main rival, AEG.