Ticketmaster Says It Played No Role In Gaga Scalping
By Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ticketmaster is repeating its earlier insistence that it had no role in the scalping of Lady Gaga tickets.
Our NewsChannel 5 investigation traced tickets being scalped for Lady Gaga's upcoming show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. We discovered five seats for sale at a steep mark-up that, according to internal ticketing documents, were set aside for "Live Nation executives."
Live Nation is the parent company for Ticketmaster.
As we originally reported, Ticketmaster spokesperson Jacqueline Peterson denied that the company was involved in any scalping.
"Those tickets were put on sale to the general public, then purchased by a scalper and put on StubHub," Peterson insisted.
As we noted, Peterson said that she could not provide any proof, citing the company's privacy policies.
In a letter to NewsChannel 5, Ticketmaster lawyer Edward J. Weiss provided more detail:
"Live Nation executives never took possession of the tickets. Before the public onsale, Live Nation released the tickets to the general pool of tickets available for sale to the public on Ticketmaster.com, where they were sold at the face values prescribed by Lady Gaga's management....
"We know who first purchased every one of those tickets -- or at least the names used to buy them, as scalpers use aliases, and many of them, to hoard tickets for popular shows like this one.... The tickets in Middle Section 216, Row D, were sold to someone purporting to be from Lewis Center, Ohio, and paid for with an American Express card. The tickets in Middle Section 216, Row F, were sold to someone purporting to be from Whippany, New Jersey, and paid for with an American Express card."