eBay-owned ticket resale market StubHub has taken action against its principal rival Ticketmaster over the Live Nation-owned giants's rules around resales of Golden State Warriors tickets, which the company claims ventures into anti-competitive behavior. The two companies have been locked in a battle for supremacy over the estimated $5 billion annual resale market for years.
StubHub asserts that ticket-holders to Golden State Warriors games looking to resell are being forced to list those seats through Ticketmaster's resale service TM+, or risk losing those tickets as well as losing their season passes, including entrance to the Warriors' playoff games. As StubHub's complaint, filed in San Francisco's District Court on Mar. 29, reads:
To control and profit from the resale of Warriors tickets ... the Warriors and Ticketmaster have cancelled or threatened to cancel fan ticket subscriptions to Warriors season and post-season tickets if fans choose to resell their Warriors tickets over a Secondary Ticketing Exchange that competes with Ticketmaster’s, such as the one operated by StubHub. In short, [the Warriors and Ticketmaster] have offered a Hobson’s Choice to Warriors fans: use Ticketmaster’s [resale service] exclusively or forfeit your Warriors tickets altogether.