I's like to poll opinions of this one so here are some questions:
1. Did GDTSTOO underestimate the mail in demand and that's why there was such a large shut-out?
2. The last announcement downgrading the odds to 50% was because of the underestimating or some corrupt TickeBastard/scalper/mob scheme?
3. Do you think GDTSTOO might have learned something from this or if there is a spring 2012 tour( large or limited runs) we're pretty much screwed again?
I can't really answer your particular questions but this may help. The 50% chance of filling had been posted and a few weeks later a bigtime deadhead friend told me they increased the allotment for MSG to 90%. I don't know where she heard the allotment to GDTSTOO was increased to 90% but it appears others here heard the same.
I don't think it's uncommon to get shut out of MSG mail order as there is a large demand. One thing I am sure of, scalping scum suck up the frontpage / ticketbastard tickets.
IMO GDTS TOO is the solution, not the problem. Bet it's hard to get more than 4 tickets through them, I am sure scalpers get away with murder with the other online ticket vendors.
As someone else pointed out earlier, the venues are forced to sell a certain amount through ticketmaster.
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Madison Square Garden and Ticketmaster Sign Multi-Year Ticketing AgreementTicketmaster Chosen to Power Ticketing Solutions for New York's Premier Entertainment DestinationsPRNewswire
Ticketmaster, the world's leading ticketing company, announced today the signing of a multi-year contract extension to provide complete ticketing solutions for Madison Square Garden's four facilities: Madison Square Garden (MSG), the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and the Hartford Civic Center. As part of the agreement, Ticketmaster will provide in-house software to handle individual event ticketing and season ticketing services at Madison Square Garden, sell and distribute tickets to MSG venues, and support customized marketing and customer relationship management solutions through Ticketmaster's Suite of Product Solutions.
"In evaluating our opportunities, we found that only Ticketmaster, our long-standing partner, offered us the flexibility that our business demands and the customer service that's consistent with our high standards," said Steve Mills, President, MSG Sports. "These days, arenas have many ticketing options available to them, but we believe Ticketmaster's depth and breadth of technology and service is second to none."
Madison Square Garden was among the first venues in the country to install Ticketmaster's innovative TeamExchange, a team-sanctioned online marketplace giving select New York Knicks and New York Rangers season ticket holders the ability to sell their unused tickets, opening up previously unavailable premium seats to the general public. Since launching in August 2002, more than 33,000 Rangers and Knicks tickets have been posted for sale or forwarded to other fans.
"Ticketmaster prides itself in providing superior service and cutting-edge technology," said John Pleasants, President and CEO, Ticketmaster. "Having participated in this competitive bidding process and coming out on top speaks volumes for what we are able to offer our clients. You will sell more tickets through Ticketmaster. We will drive your overall business. All the products, all the technology, and all the service we provide are about selling more tickets, better."
"We've been providing ticketing and technology solutions to Madison Square Garden for more than 15 years," said Marla Hoicowitz, Executive Vice President, Ticketmaster East. "Offering some of the best and most sought after sports, family and arts entertainment, Madison Square Garden venues are among America's finest and most well-attended. Through their aggressive approach to consumer satisfaction and convenience, they are also among the most innovative and forward thinking. We are pleased to continue our long and successful relationship."
Madison Square Garden, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Hartford Civic Center showcase some of the most popular acts and sporting events in the country, including the New York Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty and the legendary Radio City Rockettes. As part of its ongoing service, Ticketmaster:
* Maintains and operates a ticket outlet network in more than
70 locations throughout the New York Tri-State area
* Maintains dedicated telesales numbers to service New York City at
(212) 307-7171 and Hartford, Connecticut (860) 525-4500
* Offers live event tickets on the World Wide Web through
About Madison Square GardenMadison Square Garden is a part of Madison Square Garden, L.P. Cablevision Systems Corporation owns a majority interest in MSG L.P., which includes the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), MSG Network, FOX Sports Net, Radio City Entertainment, and the Madison Square Garden arena complex, located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area.
Ticketmaster, the world's leading ticketing company, sold 100 million tickets valued at $4.9 billion in 2003, through www.ticketmaster.com, one of the largest e-commerce sites on the Internet, more than 3,300 retail Ticket Center outlets and 19 worldwide telephone call centers. Ticketmaster serves more than 8,000 clients worldwide and acts as the exclusive ticketing service for hundreds of leading arenas, stadiums, performing arts venues, and theaters and is the official ticketing provider and supporter of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Ticketmaster is headquartered in West Hollywood, California and is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI).
SOURCE: Ticketmaster; Madison Square Garden
CONTACT: Cara Taback of Madison Square Garden, +1-212-465-5925,
Web site: www.ticketmaster.com/
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