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Gametime, a smartphone app for last-minute sports tickets, raises $13 million

Fortune

Brad Griffith got the idea for his startup after missing part of a baseball game while struggling to buy last minute tickets online. As part of the ordeal, he ended up having to duck into the basement of a local bar to print the tickets.

Griffith realized that there should be a better way.

His solution was to create Gametime, a last-minute sports ticket marketplace. On Thursday, the company said it has raised $13 million in new funding to expand its business.

Inspired by Griffith’s experience, Gametime has focused on making tickets as easy as possible to buy and use with a smartphone. After transactions are complete, the company’s app displays the digital tickets and their barcodes for admission into the venue. Tickets can also be easily transferred to friends via text message and email.

But with an already crowded industry with several well-established companies like Ticketmaster and StubHub…

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