“Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending February 7, 2009” February 11, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – This week, the ticket industry was...

“Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending February 7, 2009”

February 11, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – This week, the ticket industry was focused on the the news of the proposed Ticketmaster Live Nation merger. The potential of a merger was originally reported in the Wall Street Journal last week, and then on February 9th, TicketNews reported the board of directors from each of the companies voted unanimously to consolidate their entities. Although the merger is far from complete, the two companies believe they will finalize the deal sometime in the second half of 2009 despite the mounting opposition.

Prior to the vote from companies’ board of directors, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal called for a review of the proposed merger. Blumenthal told Bloomberg News that the two companies may need to determine whether the deal could withstand scrutiny. That opposition continues to grow, as brokers and industry insiders have begun to speak out against a merger that would create a company that would control the majority of the touring industry.


Despite these industry developments, Ticketmaster and StubHub retained their positions in the top two rankings in the Top Overall Sellers list this week, but the rest of the top ten rankings varied significantly from last week. TicketsNow and Live Nation each moved up one position, Ticket Liquidator.com moved up two spots, while Tickets.com dropped out of the top ten rankings completely.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

Seller WE 02-07-09 WE 01-31-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
Ticketmaster.com 1 36.75 1 33.61 1 34.67
StubHub.com 2 15.02 2 12.72 2 13.39
TicketsNow.com 3 7.21 4 6.08 3.75 6.40
LiveNation.com 4 5.14 5 3.97 4.75 4.16
TicketLiquidator.com 5 3.50 7 3.30 6.25 3.25
TicketCity.com 6 2.09 6 3.50 6.25 3.02
Telecharge.com 7 1.75 8 2.27 7.75 2.19
CoasttoCoastTickets.com 8 1.69 11 1.32 10 1.38
RazorGator.com 9 1.68 9 1.79 9 1.72
ETix.com 10 1.36 12 1.03 11.5 1.12
TickCo.com 11 1.28 14 0.94 12.75 1.03
JustBuyTickets.com 12 1.15 13 0.99 13.75 0.98
TicketWeb.com 13 1.12 16 0.87 15 0.94
GoTickets.com 14 1.03 15 0.92 14.5 0.93
Tickets.com 15 1.01 3 7.61 6 5.93
BrownPaperTickets.com 16 0.85 31 0.41 27.25 0.53
EventTicketsCenter.com 17 0.78 18 0.68 17.25 0.76
Vividseats.com 18 0.72 19 0.65 18.75 0.66
GrooveTickets.com 19 0.65 24 0.50 21.75 0.56
TicketNetwork.com 20 0.60 17 0.69 18.25 0.68

TicketLiquidator.com was able to join the top three rankings this week, joining StubHub and TicketsNow. Coast to Coast Tickets moved up one spot to number five, with a power score of 3.55, while TickCo also moved up a position, to number seven with a power score of 2.76.

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

Seller WE 02-07-09 WE 01-31-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
StubHub.com 1 28.45 1 26.42 1 27.17
TicketsNow.com 2 13.95 2 12.88 2 13.24
TicketLiquidator.com 3 7.01 4 7.22 3.5 6.96
TicketCity.com 4 7.49 3 7.49 3.5 6.36
CoasttoCoastTickets.com 5 3.55 6 3.14 5.75 3.16
RazorGator.com 6 3.52 5 4.02 5.25 3.81
TickCo.com 7 2.76 8 2.25 7.25 2.39
JustBuyTickets.com 8 2.56 7 2.35 8 2.30
GoTickets.com 9 2.34 9 2.21 8.75 2.20
EventTicketsCenter.com 10 1.68 11 1.58 10.5 1.79
Vividseats.com 11 1.60 10 1.59 11.25 1.56
TicketNetwork.com 12 1.45 12 1.57 11.25 1.61
BuyBetterTickets.com 13 1.42 16 1.20 14 1.34
TicketSpot.com 14 1.32 15 1.27 15.25 1.27
OnlineSeats.com 15 1.31 14 1.37 14.25 1.36
ABCTickets.com 16 1.23 13 1.43 14.75 1.32
JumboTickets.com 17 1.20 21 0.90 20.75 0.93
FindTicketsFast.com 18 1.18 18 1.03 18.25 1.12
AceTicket.com 19 1.11 17 1.04 18.75 1.06
TicketZoom.com 20 1.04 19 1.02 18 1.13

Live Nation moved up to the number two position in the Top Primary Sellers rankings this week trailing only potential merger partner Ticketmaster. Both companies were followed in the top five rankings by Telecharge, Etix and TicketWeb who achieved power scores of 3.31, 2.65 and 2.14, respectively.

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

Seller WE 02-07-09 WE 01-31-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
Ticketmaster.com 1 69.46 1 59.53 1 62.43
LiveNation.com 2 10.02 3 7.24 2.75 7.74
Telecharge.com 3 3.31 4 4.03 3.75 3.93
ETix.com 4 2.65 6 1.90 5.5 2.11
TicketWeb.com 5 2.14 7 1.56 6.5 1.72
Tickets.com 6 2.12 2 13.61 3 10.66
BrownPaperTickets.com 7 1.63 11 0.74 10 0.97
Groovetickets.com 8 1.13 8 1.04 8.25 1.07
Tix.com 9 0.76 5 2.66 6 2.06
Wantickets.com 10 0.61 9 1.00 9 0.91

TicketNews.com is a comprehensive resource for news, market analysis, event announcements, and information relating to the ticket industry. TicketNews.com keeps industry professionals and fans informed about tour dates, current and pending ticket resale legislation, rankings, onsales, and more. The content is updated daily, with original articles from ten TicketNews.com reporters and an aggregation of 3rd party sources.

TicketNews.com developed the algorithm for the exclusive weekly rankings of the industry’s ticket sellers. Top sellers rankings and power scores are based on web traffic received by a ticket seller’s website. The power score is highly correlated with the number of transactions from the TicketNetwork Exchange™, the world’s largest secondary ticket market exchange. A top seller power score illustrates a given seller’s category-specific significance. Three factors obtained from multiple independent resources, including comScore and Hitwise, are used to compare sellers within a particular category.

1. Number of unique visitors (IP addresses visiting a website in a 24-hour period).
2. Number of visits (a series of one or more page requests by a visitor without 30 consecutive minutes of inactivity).
3. Page views (the average number of unique pages viewed by a unique visitor).

Top seller power scores should only be used to compare sellers within a particular category. TicketNews.com also ranks the top events weekly. For more information, visit www.ticketnews.com/ticket_industry_rankings.
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