Personally, I blame online ticketing for missing out on Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour. I despise waiting for the site to load, nervously refreshing the page after I’ve already entered my credit card information, and panicking as the phone rings right when the site says I have five minutes to finalize my order.
A new partnership between TMT favorites Live Nation Entertainment and Wal-Mart gives you another option. Live Nation executive chairman Irving Azoff announced at the recent NBA Technology Summit in Dallas that ticketing outlets will open in select Wal-Mart stores across the US (about 500, in major cities). Rather than go online, shoppers will be able to head to Wal-Mart’s entertainment section for tickets to local concerts, sporting events, and other Ticketmaster offerings.
$9.99 DVDs and Nickelback tickets in one shopping trip? Given the similar deal between Live Nation and Blockbuster, settled late last year, this might not seem that special. But does Blockbuster have in-store fast food?