PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Thursday, August 11, 2011
1:06 – 1:19 OPEN
1:21:30 – 1:39
Fans First (Ticketmaster) vs. Fan Freedom (StubHub): does paperless ticketing or ticket scalping put fans first?
When there’s a concert or sports game you want to attend, where do you buy your tickets? Do you go straight to the source—Ticketmaster; do you look for a cheaper price on the largest re-seller of tickets—StubHub; or do you take your chances and wait to buy from a scalper on the street? Do you feel like no matter where you go, prices are just too high? In response, competitors Live Nation (parent company of Ticketmaster) and StubHub have both started nonprofits that they claim are meant to protect the consumer. In a fierce battle, Live Nation (Ticketmaster) and its nonprofit, Fans First Coalition, believe that tickets should be paperless (requiring the credit card that purchased it for admission) in order to eliminate what it calls predatory scalping of tickets. On the other side, StubHub and its nonprofit, Fan Freedom Project, believe that fans should be able to do what they want with tickets and sell or give them away as they please. StubHub and Fan Freedom say tickets should be a commodity with the market dictating price. Live Nation and Fans First say scalpers distort the value of the tickets both up and down—for the most in-demand tickets, scalpers push ticket prices higher than most fans can afford; for other tickets, the scalpers end up selling the tickets for less than the original price.
What has resulted is a lobbying battle across the country. Last year, a change supported by StubHub and scalpers and opposed by LiveNation and Ticketmaster was made to
Michael Marion, president of Fans First Coalition, a nonprofit started by Live Nation, which they claim is meant to protect the consumer
Jon Potter, president of Fan Freedom Project, a nonprofit started by StubHub, which they claim is meant to protect the consumer
Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, which monitors lobbying
Congressman Brad Sherman, (D-CA 27th District)
Representative, Live Nation, parent company of Ticketmaster
1:41:30 – 1:58:30
What is Americans Elect and who is behind it?
What is Americans Elect? The self-described revolutionary, somewhat mysterious nonprofit political organization doesn’t want to be thought of as another attempt at a third party that splits the vote. They don’t want to tell you who is giving them money, but they swear they’re multi-partisan. They are hoping to select a 2012 presidential candidate via the internet and thereby transform
Elliot Ackerman, CEO, Americans Elect
Josh Levine, chief technology officer, Americans Elect
2:06 – 2:19 OPEN
2:21:30 – 2:39
Slated to close 70 state parks,
Ruth Coleman, director of California State Parks
Dan Biederman, president of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, which works with cities around the country to consult and bring improvements to their parks and downtown areas by using private funding in place of city, state or taxpayer money.
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
Penn Jillette: God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
It seems like Atheism—a belief based around the lack of a belief—has been taking itself a little too seriously these days. An entire field of academics has even begun foisting its mantle upon itself—“secular studies,” it’s called. We know that the moment academia touches anything it becomes immediately stuffy and humorless, so what could lighten the unbearable yoke of the modern establishment Atheist? Enter Penn Jillette, comedian, magician, author and Atheist! His new book details his own thoughts on what is important and the journey that lead him there. Find out what application the “Penn Commandments” could have for layperson.
Penn Jillette, magician, comedian, illusionist, bassist and writer, known for his Libertarian world view and skeptic commentaries; he is the author of God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
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