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And We’re Back… Again

After years-long struggles with the new Ticket Solutions redesign, I’m happy to say IF is back on the air. Please allow the soothing sounds of Kool and The Gang to enhance this joyous occasion. Cancel the search party.

Be Safe, Happy, and Green

Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day, folks. Eat, drink and be merry — and if you have a chance to do those things with women similar to the fine one leading this post, all the better. Oh, and if this is your first time drinking green beer, don’t be surprised when your pee comes out green too.

Keeping the Dream Alive

While Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech might be comprised of mere words, they are indeed words to live by. Yes, it’s true that actions speak louder, but if your actions are based on these same teachings of peace and understanding, and they allow you to look beyond a person’s skin color, then they are no longer “just” words. Instead, his speech can be used a guide for living one’s life without the specter or prejudice or bigotry as an influence.

In fact, overcoming any shortcomings that allow such behavior is as important as understanding and accepting others.

With that, all I can say is keep Martin’s dream alive. A dream of peace between the races, a dream of a society where a person’s character speaks louder than the amount of melanin their skin contains. If we are to evolve as a species, putting aside our petty differences related to race is paramount. Respecting cultures and belief systems is one thing. People should respect the differences of others, because not everyone has the same upbringing or the same cultural/value system.

Believing someone is inferior because of their skin color is something entirely different, and it’s an idea based solely on ignorance and fear. Surely, we can do better.

Stop The Ticketmaster Merger Monopoly

Tickets, please

The potential Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger sounds like a bad deal for those of us who actually like to attend live events, be it sports, concerts or otherwise. If you think purchasing tickets has bad surcharges now, imagine what it will be like when two ticket giants like Live Nation and Ticketmaster become one. Without any competition, the new monster will be able to put whatever extra charges on a ticket purchase it sees fit. Without the specter of “I’ll take my business to your competitors” to scare them away, companies like the new TickemasterNation won’t have to fear consumer blow back, because if you want to go see the Los Angeles Lakers play bad enough, and if the new TicketMonster is the only game in town, you’ll pay what they tell you to or you’ll be watching Kobe Bryant do his thing on television.

Without the luxury (Right?) of competitive choice, what recourse do you have if you are unsatisfied with the services rendered? Exactly. And that’s what a merger like this is counting on. It’s a nasty circle that must be stopped before it’s allowed to propagate. Thankfully, The US Justice Department seems to have the same concern:

Proposals to date haven’t resolved Justice Department concerns that a deal joining the biggest ticketing company with the largest concert promoter would harm competition, said two people, who declined to be identified because the deliberations are private. A decision isn’t expected by tomorrow, when shareholders will vote on the deal, a third person said.

Even with the Justice Department watching our fair-market backs, there still more you, the consumer, can do: Remind them you don’t want the merger to go through either. has a contact form allowing you to inform the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice to protect the ticket-buyer from even further “additional charge” gouging at the hands of the a newly-formed cash-eating behemoth the merger will create. Considering the level of inflation ticket prices have faced (82% in seven years), the lack of action and communication could have drastic effects on how we, the ones who actually buy the products these companies are offering, attend live events.

It’s important to remember the power consumers have, a power we don’t yield enough, unless we are buying the newest touch-screen gadget. Keep in mind, however, this power goes beyond our willingness to spend. If our criticisms are loud enough, we can’t be ignored. Considering the consumer power a Ticketmaster/LiveNation merger would take, it’s important to let your voice of dissension be heard.

Disclaimer — is owned by, a secondary ticket provider. Nevertheless, it’s important to remember a merger of such magnitude has a larger effect on you the consumer. Individual purchasers are the main revenue source for a company like Ticketmaster and LiveNation. If they merge, their ability to control whatever additional costs they choose to add on could drastically alter the way we attend live events. If “Surcharge A” is allowed to become “Surcharge A, B, and C,” a tactic Ticketmaster is notorious for, it will be the consumer who has to bear the burden.

Please allow us to to continue to provide you with premium seats at the lowest possible cost. Let your voice be heard and stand up to the Ticketmaster/LiveNation monopoly.

An Intentionally Merry Christmas

We’ll be enjoying the Holidays until next week, so please, do so yourself. If you’re traveling, be careful, especially if there’s inclement weather involved. Perhaps this goes without saying, but then again, maybe it doesn’t:

As I was saying, be safe. We’ll be back sporadically next week, discussing the BCS and who knows what else. Until then, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Festivus, Kwanzaa or whatever tradition you observe during the Holiday season. As for me, I’ll be all over some NBA action on Christmas Day, while enjoying time with the family. Oh, I’ll be doing a lot of driving as well, meaning I’m included in those driving well-wishes.

ESPN Versus The New York Post

Post Cartoon

Apparently, the specter of Erin Andrews’ unauthorized video is going to tear the sports reporting world apart. See, for instance, the spat going on between The New York Post and ESPN, detailed beautifully be Deadspin. Here’s a quick catch-up: The Post posted pictures of the nefarious video, thankfully brought to light by Doug Sheckler (I say thankfully not because of a naked EA, but for all the content his post spawned. Nicely done, Doug, even if that wasn’t your intention.), and ESPN got pissed.

I mean really, really pissed.

Continue reading after the jump >>

One Question (Erin Andrews)

Erin Andrews

Thanks to my man Scrap, Doug Sheckler to those who don’t know, and his ability to start a veritable crap storm — not too mention, his ability to search Dailymotion ;) — Erin Pageviews Andrews and her much-hotter-body-than-I-realized is perhaps the front-and-center story of the summer. If you need to play catch-up, hit the links before this sentence.

A question about the Erin Andrews incident after the jump >>