This excerpt taken from the LYV 8-K filed Feb 10, 2009.
How will this merger affect live entertainment ticket prices?
The merger will enable more innovative and dynamic promotion arrangements that create more choice and a more fan-friendly purchasing experience. As an example, the Eagles recent all-inclusive pricing initiative was favorably received by the public as well as the broader industry.
By uniting an artist, promoter and ticketing company under a combined banner, the new entity will be positioned to address the challenges of serving fans better at the point of the initial sale with more options and better access.
A very substantial portion of the tickets put on sale to the public for live events go unsold. The new company will be positioned to take full advantage of its combined online resources, databases and promotional operations to strengthen and enhance the direct connection between artists and fans. This will create opportunities to improve attendance at events, benefiting venues and supporting a healthier live entertainment industry.