Wilk’s Bill to Help Break up Ticketmaster Monopoly Unanimously Approved in State Senate

Today Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) announced his legislation to loosen the stranglehold companies like Live Nation/Ticketmaster have on the ticket-selling industry unanimously passed out of the California State Senate.

“For over a decade companies like Live Nation have lured venues into signing exclusive contracts with promises of cushy kickbacks and access to top talent. But it’s the everyday consumer who ultimately pays the price, making up for those kickbacks in the form of Ticketmaster’s extra fees,” said Senator Wilk. “My bill restores much-needed competition to the ticketing and live entertainment industry. I am thrilled to see this clear the Senate and move even closer toward being signed into law!”

SB 829 would prohibit exclusivity clauses in contracts between a primary ticket seller and an entertainment venue in the state of California. Preventing this clause would provide venues the autonomy to collaborate with other ticket sellers without the fear of retaliation from large ticket sellers. 

In a recent district-wide survey, Senator Wilk asked constituents about their recent ticket-buying experiences. The overwhelming majority of responses expressed frustration at companies like Ticketmaster:

“I had to move my tickets due to a rained out event and the fees were MORE than the tickets were in the first place.”

Tracee, 21st Senate District Constituent

“I went to purchase tickets to a sporting event earlier this year, and the fees alone were almost the cost of a single ticket that I was purchasing.”

Peter, 21st Senate District Constituent

“Knowing that nearly half of my purchase was going to Ticket Master, I decided against it.”

John, 21st Senate District Constituent

“Getting Taylor Swift tickets was like going through the first five levels of hell. Ticketmaster dropped the ball.”

Cassandra, 21st Senate District Constituent

“It was extremely expensive to go to the show but we paid anyway because we wanted to see the band. I'm really sick of greed and monopolies for things like entertainment.”

Jonathan 21st Senate District Constituent

“I wanted to attend the upcoming Blink182 concert in Los Angeles but the fees for those tickets are outrageous especially for resale tickets.”

William, 21st Senate District Constituent      

“Family of five. Ticket fees push us away from committing to the purchase due to high-priced tickets.”

Jose, 21st Senate District Constituent

Ticketmaster and its parent company Live Nation have dominated the live entertainment industry since Congress approved their merging in 2010. In 2022, Ticketmaster sold 86% of Billboard’s Top 100 Tours in the United States. Of the total 2,498 shows, Ticketmaster ticketed 2,142 of them.

SB 829 is based on a proposal currently going through the New York legislature, and mirrors a 2020 agreement between Live Nation/Ticketmaster and government of Ireland.

The bill will now be considered in the Assembly.