As part of the FFC's "The Monopoly" campaign, fans are taking action for fair ticketing
January 04 - 2024
In response to this announcement, the Fan Fairness Coalition’s Mark Meador and Amanda Lewis issued the following statements:
Mark Meador, President of the Fan Fairness Coalition and Republican antitrust attorney: “Every day, average Americans are left paying the price for monopolies, and few marketplaces exemplify this problem more than live event ticketing. I’m proud of our campaign’s initial results and our ongoing work to provide all fans of live events - Democrats, Republicans, and independents - with an effective way to engage. The Monopoly is giving a voice to fans across the country, and the FFC is providing a platform to ensure those voices are heard—no fee required. I look forward to seeing lawmakers and law enforcers engage to finally resolve the harm to competition and consumers in live event ticketing.”
Amanda Lewis, Secretary of the Fan Fairness Coalition and Democratic antitrust attorney: “When Ticketmaster and Live Nation merged, they created a dominant platform that has made life harder for fans across America. The company uses its power to suck the joy out of fandom, replacing it with frustration, reduced quality, and less choice. From outdated technology and site crashes to limited choices in how, when, or where fans buy and sell tickets, there is no question that fans are worse off today. Media reports indicate the Department of Justice is reportedly investigating harmful practices in this market. We’re encouraged by recent congressional action, including a House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee hearing on the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the subpoena issued to Ticketmaster by the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. We know how important it is for Congress to hear from consumers to drive real change, and we’re excited by the Fan Fairness Coalition’s early work to restore power to the fans.”
On November 16, the FFC introduced The Monopoly, a fictional band that embodies the worst of one company’s dominance, selfishness, arrogance, and control to step on a fan’s right to a fair ticketing experience. Through music and behind-the-scenes videos, the band reminds fans that the powerful are not incentivized to change on their own.