The ticket bots that gobble up most of the best seats at Ticketmaster and Live Nation are thriving even after the hyped arrest several years ago of a ticket bot software ring. There is hardly a day that goes by that the bot software sellers are not sending out mass emails advertising their wares and they are even going as far as to put out press releases advertising the software.
Fans can tell when the ticket bots are dominating the ticket sales at 10:00 by the lack of tickets available right away. After the best tickets are bought up the remaining tickets drop back in the pool and this is why often you see better seats long after the on sale.
Ticketmaster has said they are trying to stop the ticket bots but they never do enough to even slow them down and the threat of the feds coming after you is obviously not slowing some people down.
All they have to do is limit the initial ticket sales to area codes closest to the stadium rather than allowing the best seats to be sold out of state time and time again. But this may limit the number of tickets sold for an event and they are pushing for paperless tickets to increase their profits so limiting the sale of tickets does not fit into their plan.