Anxiety is running high among ticket resellers over the proposed merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment.

Most secondary ticketing companies believe that the combination of the two live entertainment behemoths would give the newly merged Live Nation Entertainment too much control over the resale market. If dynamically priced seats were to become the norm, they fear primary market players could wind up controlling their tickets completely, potentially squeezing out other companies.

"It's a big threat to us, because they're going to do everything they can to keep that inventory in their ecosystem and control it from its first sale to its final sale," LiveStub president Levi Bergovoy says.

Scott Roback, VP of business development at reseller RazorGator, says the merger's impact on the secondary market should be part of the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) antitrust probe of the deal. "I don't see how the merger in its entirety can stand up to some of the antitrust scrutiny by virtue of the fact that TicketsNow is in the equation and they're one of the leading three secondary market players," he says. "We don't think that's healthy for consumers and certainly for the ticketing space in general."

Ticketmaster helped fuel these concerns through its widely publicized mishandling of ticket sales for Bruce Springsteen's Working On a Dream tour in early February. The ticketing giant infuriated Springsteen and his manager Jon Landau when it redirected ticket-seeking fans to its secondary ticketing Web site, TicketsNow. Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff subsequently apologized for the incident, but it wasn't enough to stave off an investigation by New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram.

Under a settlement with Milgram, Ticketmaster agreed to stop linking customers to TicketsNow for at least one year and to pay $350,000 to cover fees associated with the attorney general's probe. Among the other provisions of the settlement, Ticketmaster had to confirm that all tickets it receives for general public on-sales will be sold on its primary Web site, and that tickets won't be sold or offered on TicketsNow until they first go on sale at its primary site.

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