Live Nation Entertainment

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Live Nation Entertainment
Public company
Traded as NYSELYV
Industry Entertainment
Founded 2010
Headquarters Beverly Hills, California
Area served
Key people
Products Ticketmaster
Live Nation Concerts
Front Line Management Group
Live Nation Network
Revenue Increase US$ 5.38 billion (2011)
Increase US$ 18.34 million (2011)
Increase US$ -70.40 million (2011)
Total assets Decrease US$ 5.088 billion (2011)
Total equity Increase US$ 1.62 billion (2011)
Number of employees
Full-time: 6,600
Part-time: 13,000

Live Nation Entertainment is an American entertainment company, formed from the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster. It owns, leases, operates, has booking rights for and/or equity interest in a large number of U.S. entertainment venues. The leadership consists of John C. Malone, chairman of Liberty Media as chairman and Michael Rapino (previously chief executive officer of Live Nation) as president and CEO of the company.

The merger that gave rise to the company was not without opposition. The proposed merger initially received regulatory approval in Norway and Turkey.[1] The United States Justice Department approved the merger on January 25, 2010, with some conditions to which both parties agreed.[2] However, in October 2009, the United Kingdom's Competition Commission provisionally ruled against the merger.[3] On December 22, 2009, the Competition Commission reversed its decision and cleared the proposed merger.[1]

Clearance and divestment of assets to merge[edit]

Separate regulatory reviews of the proposal were continuing in the United States and Canada.[1] On January 25, 2010, the United States and Canadian governments cleared the way for Live Nation and TicketMaster to merge. Irving Azoff is chairman and founder of Azoff Music Management Group, Inc. In late 2008, he became chairman and CEO of Ticketmaster Entertainment. He is now Executive Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment

As part of the agreement with governments to merge, Ticketmaster has to sell its ownership in its self-ticketing company, Paciolan. According to the Associated Press, Live Nation Entertainment will be under a 10-year court order prohibiting it from retaliating against venues that choose to accept competitors' ticket-selling contracts, and it "must allow venues that sign deals elsewhere to take consumer ticketing data with them".[4][5]

In addition, the new company will have to license a copy of its ticketing software to two companies—Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and either Comcast Spectacor or another “suitable” company—so that both companies can compete “head-to-head” with Ticketmaster for venues’ business. After five years, AEG will have the option of buying the software, replacing it with something else, or partnering with another ticketing company.[6]

Opposition to merger[edit]

A group including members of the United States Congress and business rivals of Ticketmaster and Live Nation had urged the U.S. Department of Justice to stop the merger.[when?] The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), whose members include Google, Oracle, Microsoft, Yahoo, Intuit, and eBay, also opposed the merger.[7][8]


As of February 2nd, 2015, Live Nation "owned, leased, operated, had booking rights for and/or had an equity interest in":[9]

  1. Riverside Fox Theater
  2. Riverside Municipal Auditorium
  3. PNC Bank Arts Center
  4. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  5. NYCB Theatre at Westbury
  6. Paramount Theatre (Long Island) (booking)
  7. Irving Plaza
  8. Gramercy Theatre
  9. Roseland Ballroom
  10. Foxwoods Theatre[10]
  11. Union County Performing Arts Center (booking)
  12. San Manuel Amphitheater
  13. Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
  14. Gibson Amphitheatre
  15. Hollywood Palladium
  16. Wiltern Theatre
  17. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
  18. FirstMerit Bank Pavilion
  19. Bottom Lounge (booking)
  20. BB&T Pavilion
  21. Tower Theater
  22. The TLA
  23. Festival Pier
  24. River Stage at Great Plaza
  25. Boyd Theatre
  26. Gexa Energy Pavilion
  27. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (booking)
  28. Palladium Ballroom (booking)
  29. Shoreline Amphitheatre
  30. Concord Pavilion
  31. The Fillmore
  32. Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium
  33. Cobb's Comedy Club
  34. Xfinity Center
  35. Bank of America Pavilion
  36. Orpheum Theatre
  37. Paradise Rock Club
  38. Brighton Music Hall
  39. Jiffy Lube Live
  40. Warner Theatre
  41. The Fillmore Silver Spring
  42. Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
  43. Chastain Park Amphitheatre
  44. The Tabernacle
  45. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (booking only)
  46. Bayou Music Center
  47. The Fillmore Detroit
  48. Saint Andrew's Hall
  49. White River Amphitheatre
  50. Ak-Chin Pavilion
  51. Comerica Theatre
  52. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
  53. Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park
  54. The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
  55. Revolution Live (booking only)
  56. Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
  57. Fillmore Auditorium
  58. Blossom Music Center
  59. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica (booking only)
  60. Sleep Train Amphitheatre (Chula Vista)
  61. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL
  62. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis, MO
  63. The Pageant (50%)
  64. First Niagara Pavilion
  65. Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
  66. Red Hat Amphitheater (booking only)
  67. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Charlotte)
  68. Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater
  69. The Fillmore Charlotte
  70. Klipsch Music Center
  71. Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park (booking only)
  72. Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
  73. Sleep Train Amphitheatre (Wheatland)
  74. Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU (booking only)
  75. Viejas Arena (booking only)
  76. The Xfinity Theatre
  77. Rentschler Field (booking only)
  78. Mohegan Sun Arena (booking only)
  79. Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
  80. Starlight Theatre (booking only)
  81. Alpine Valley Music Theatre
  82. Riverbend Music Center (booking only)
  83. PNC Pavilion
  84. Bogart's
  85. Cruzan Amphitheatre
  86. Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
  87. Hersheypark Stadium (booking only)
  88. Sands Bethlehem Event Center (booking only)
  89. Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
  90. Austin360 Amphitheater
  91. Isleta Amphitheater
  92. Sandia Casino Amphitheater (booking only)
  93. The Louisville Palace
  94. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
  95. Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
  96. Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  97. The Gorge Amphitheatre
  98. Jamboree in the Hills Festival Site
  99. Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
  100. Rogers Arena (booking only)
  101. Commodore Ballroom
  102. Leeds Festival Site
  103. Wembley Arena[11]
  104. Olympic Stadium[12]
  105. O2 Apollo Manchester
  106. Little John’s Farm
  107. Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
  108. Southampton Guildhall
  109. Heineken Music Hall
  110. Ziggo Dome
  111. Balado
  112. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
  113. 3Arena
  114. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
  115. Torino Palasport Olimpico
  116. Torino Palavela
  117. House of Blues:
    1. New Orleans
    2. Las Vegas
    3. San Diego
    4. Los Angeles
    5. Houston
    6. Dallas
    7. Cleveland
    8. Boston
    9. Orlando
    10. Anaheim
    11. Chicago
    12. Myrtle Beach
  118. Punch Line Comedy Club
    1. Sacramento
    2. San Francisco
  119. Milano Mediolanum Forum (predominantly booking)


  1. ^ a b c "Ticketmaster and Live Nation Welcome Competition Commission Ruling on Merger" (PDF) (Press release). Ticketmaster Entertainment. December 22, 2009. 
  2. ^ Chmielewski, Dawn C. and Fritz, Ben and Lewis, Randy (January 26, 2010). "Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger gets Justice Department's approval". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Van Buskirk, Eliot (October 12, 2009). "Live Nation/Ticketmaster Merger Faces Obstacles Here and Abroad". Wired (Condé Nast). Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  4. ^ Nakashima, Ryan (January 25, 2010). "Live Nation, Ticketmaster merge after approval". Associated Press via The Washington Post. Retrieved January 26, 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment Merger Receives U.S. Department of Justice Clearance" (Press release). Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment via CNN. January 25, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ Van Buskirk, Eliot (January 25, 2010). "DOJ Approves Modified Ticketmaster, Live Nation Merger". Wired News (Condé Nast). Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ British Regulator Backs Merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation
  8. ^ Branch Jr., Alfred (January 19, 2010). "Ticketmaster / Live Nation merger: 25,000 contact DOJ to oppose the deal". TicketNews. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ Live Nation Entertainment 2012 Annual Report
  10. ^ Kennedy, Mark (May 20, 2013). "Lease to Broadway's biggest theater sold". Yahoo! News. The Associated Press. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ Live Nation ends Wembley Arena venue management contract
  12. ^ Live Nation to Stage Concerts in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stadium

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