Published Jan 20, 2010As of Tuesday (January 19), nearly 25,000 people have contacted the U.S. Justice Department to oppose the merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation, according to consumer advocacy group TicketDisaster.org.
"This unprecedented groundswell of consumer outrage should make it loud and clear to the DOJ that consumers nationwide want this merger to be blocked," said Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League, a founding member of the coalition, in a statement. "Consumers can spot a raw deal when they see one, and this merger is exactly that - a combination of two market behemoths that would result in higher prices, more outrageous fees, and less choice."
As we previously told you, Live Nation and Ticketmaster await the U.S. Justice Department's approval of their proposed merger after shareholders from both companies overwhelming approved the deal. The merger is now in its final round of review. Also, in December, a similar merger was approved in the UK.
Other groups involved in the campaign to block the merger include the American Antitrust Institute, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, the National Association of Ticket Brokers, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and independent venue owners represented by IMP Productions Chairman Seth Hurwitz.
Anyone against the merger can still sign the petition here.