Cavaliers Sue Ticketmaster Alleging Monopolistic Practices

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Cavaliers have filed a federal lawsuit today against Ticketmaster, accusing the broker of monopolistic practices.

The Cavaliers allege in the lawsuit that Ticketmaster is using its market power to exclude competition, including the team's Flash Seats secondary-ticketing software.

Flash Seats provides a season ticket holders a way to sell and transfer seats electronically.

The Cavaliers and Flash Seats contend that Ticketmaster is coercively seeking to enforce its ticketing contract with the Cavaliers to exclude Flash Seats.

West Hollywood, California-based Ticketmaster is the largest ticket broker in the world. A phone message left for spokesman Ed Stewart was not immediately returned.