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StubHub Expanding Its Connecticut Operation By Adding Staff And Office Space

S.F.-based StubHub has grown to 260 people at its East Granby, Conn., operations center "without becoming widely known as a significant local employer," according to Dan Haar of the HARTFORD COURANT. StubHub has "recruited at job fairs, it co-sponsored the new ESPN Fan Zone hall of fame at the sports giant's Bristol campus last September and it won first place in the Courant/Fox CT Top Workplaces award for 2012." Still, perhaps because it "hasn't been part of any high-profile state incentive deals, StubHub is not a household name as a local employer." The company is "nearly doubling its space in an expansion that starts this week, and by the end of the year expects to have 335 Connecticut employees -- up from about 150 at the start of 2012." StubHub occupies the first floor of a two-story building off Route 20, but now is "taking most of the second floor, another 18,000 square feet, with another 135 desks, plus more training space." And it will "have options for the rest of the floor" (HARTFORD COURANT, 4/7).

TOUGH TICKETS: In Sacramento, Melody Gutierrez notes StubHub and Ticketmaster have "brought an industry turf war" to the city, with both sides "claiming to represent fans' rights as they compete over billions in proceeds from concerts and sporting events." Ticketmaster has "added restrictions on the reselling of tickets to curb scalping." But StubHub said that the "non-transferable tickets that Ticketmaster uses unfairly penalize buyers." A bill proposing to "prevent most restrictions on California's resale market will be heard in Sacramento next week" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 4/9).
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