“Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending March 21, 2009” March 25, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – As the weeks pass by since...

“Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending March 21, 2009”

March 25, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – As the weeks pass by since the announcement of the possible Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger, the two entertainment giants have continued to stay in the headlines. This past week the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which launched its investigation into the proposed Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger last month, has asked the companies for more information pertaining to the case, according to TicketNews. Although what information was unspecified, the merger has been met with intense scrutiny from members of Congress.

In the midst of the merger talks, TicketNews reported that Ticketmaster has recently announced that it posted a $1 billion loss for its fourth quarter of 2008. The loss is blamed primarily due to drop in ticket sales, cost cutting measures and a goodwill charge because of its declining stock price.


Even with the large loss, Ticketmaster remained steady at the top of TicketNews’s Top Overall Sellers list for this week. The primary ticketing company posted a power score of 36.64. StubHub followed in second place with a power score of 15.06.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

Seller WE 03-21-09 WE 03-14-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
Ticketmaster.com 1 36.64 1 36.31 1 36.62
StubHub.com 2 15.06 2 14.77 2 14.86
TicketsNow.com 3 6.65 3 6.52 3 6.74
LiveNation.com 4 5.46 4 5.49 4 5.07
TicketLiquidator.com 5 3.25 6 3.21 5.5 3.34
TicketCity.com 6 2.86 5 3.29 5.5 2.88
CoasttoCoastTickets.com 7 1.67 7 1.64 7 1.69
Telecharge.com 8 1.51 8 1.53 8 1.57
ETix.com 9 1.50 10 1.38 10 1.37
TicketWeb.com 10 1.44 9 1.48 10.5 1.39
TickCo.com 11 1.32 11 1.23 10.75 1.30
Tickets.com 12 1.18 12 1.22 12.25 1.19
GoTickets.com 13 1.15 14 1.09 13.5 1.12
RazorGator.com 14 1.15 13 1.20 12.25 1.28
BrownPaperTickets.com 15 1.03 15 1.07 14.75 1.01
Vividseats.com 16 0.87 17 0.79 16.5 0.83
EventTicketsCenter.com 17 0.68 16 0.79 16.75 0.75
TicketSpot.com 18 0.60 19 0.62 18 0.69
BuyBetterTickets.com 19 0.58 18 0.63 19.25 0.62
TicketTango.com 20 0.55 20 0.62 21.5 0.57

The top six positions stayed the same in the Top Secondary Sellers list this week with StubHub at the top with a power score of 29.03. Go Tickets leapfrogged over Razor Gator to move into seventh place, while Vivid Seats did the same to Event Tickets Center to move into ninth.

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

Seller WE 03-21-09 WE 03-14-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
StubHub.com 1 29.03 1 28.29 1 28.35
TicketsNow.com 2 13.10 2 12.78 2 13.12
TicketLiquidator.com 3 6.66 3 6.57 3 6.78
TicketCity.com 4 5.74 4 6.52 4 5.71
CoasttoCoastTickets.com 5 3.63 5 3.53 5 3.61
TickCo.com 6 2.94 6 2.72 6.25 2.85
GoTickets.com 7 2.69 8 2.51 7.75 2.55
RazorGator.com 8 2.61 7 2.71 7 2.81
Vividseats.com 9 2.03 10 1.79 9.5 1.91
EventTicketsCenter.com 10 1.61 9 1.91 10.25 1.74
TicketSpot.com 11 1.45 12 1.49 10.5 1.68
BuyBetterTickets.com 12 1.32 14 1.47 13.5 1.41
TicketTango.com 13 1.30 13 1.48 13.5 1.38
OnlineSeats.com 14 1.28 16 1.32 15.5 1.28
TicketNetwork.com 15 1.25 11 1.49 13.25 1.39
JumboTickets.com 16 1.23 15 1.37 15.75 1.29
FindTicketsFast.com 17 1.18 17 1.28 15.75 1.31
ABCTickets.com 18 1.13 20 1.04 19 1.08
TicketsZoom.com 19 1.02 21 0.98 18.75 1.08
BarrysTickets.com 20 0.99 22 0.88 21.5 0.97

Potential merger partners Ticketmaster and Live Nation were numbers one and two in the Top Primary Sellers rankings this week with power scores of 68.30 and 10.40, respectively. ETix was able to move into the top three this week, moving up two spots with a power score of 2.89.

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

Seller WE 03-21-09 WE 03-14-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
Ticketmaster.com 1 68.30 1 67.99 1 68.88
LiveNation.com 2 10.40 2 10.52 2 9.75
ETix.com 3 2.89 5 2.70 4.25 2.66
Telecharge.com 4 2.82 3 2.87 3.25 2.96
TicketWeb.com 5 2.71 4 2.79 4.75 2.63
Tickets.com 6 2.38 6 2.48 5.75 2.45
BrownPaperTickets.com 7 1.94 7 2.00 7 1.91
Wantickets.com 8 0.95 8 1.14 8.5 0.93
Comcasttix.com 9 0.86 9 0.84 9.5 0.79
Tix.com 10 0.67 10 0.77 9.75 0.75

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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