“Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending May 2, 2009” May 7, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – The legal battle continues in the...

“Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending May 2, 2009”

May 7, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – The legal battle continues in the three-year-old lawsuit by the New England Patriots against StubHub, as the top seller in the Top Secondary Sellers rankings was reportedly dealt a blow recently by the Patriots organization. According to TicketNews, StubHub unsuccessfully tried to argue that it should not be held responsible for the actions of its users under Section 230 of the landmark Communications Decency Act. The company is seeking a partial summary judgment that would hinder the Patriots’ efforts to paint the secondary ticket company as partly liable for its users buying and selling the New England Patriots tickets.

On the west coast, the state of Oregon’s House of Representatives Thursday, April 30th, unanimously passed proposed legislation that would outlaw the use of software or automated “bots” to obtain event tickets. Such software, which has been highly controversial in the past couple of years, can help users gain an unfair advantage and quickly bypass online security efforts when buying tickets from primary Web sites, including Ticketmaster.com.


The top ten rankings in this week’s Top Overall Ticket Sellers list mirrors last week’s rankings with each site maintaining its original position. Ticketmaster ranked number one with a power score of 33.52, and it was followed by StubHub and Live Nation, which had power scores of 16.61 and 7.51, respectively. TicketsNow garnered a power score of 5.43 and Ticket Liquidator achieved a power score of 5.43 rounding out the top five.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

Seller WE 05-02-09 WE 04-25-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
Ticketmaster.com 1 33.52 1 33.71 1 33.61
StubHub.com 2 16.61 2 16.58 2 16.63
LiveNation.com 3 7.51 3 7.58 3 7.49
TicketsNow.com 4 5.43 4 5.18 4 5.23
TicketLiquidator.com 5 3.67 5 3.50 5 3.53
TicketCity.com 6 2.38 6 2.32 6 2.37
ETix.com 7 1.63 7 1.67 8 1.61
TicketWeb.com 8 1.62 8 1.62 7.75 1.61
CoasttoCoastTickets.com 9 1.56 9 1.56 9.75 1.54
Telecharge.com 10 1.55 10 1.46 10.25 1.50
GoTickets.com 11 1.42 12 1.40 11.75 1.43
RazorGator.com 12 1.42 11 1.42 9.5 1.52
TickCo.com 13 1.33 13 1.29 13 1.28
Tickets.com 14 1.11 14 1.06 14 1.07
Vividseats.com 15 0.97 15 1.02 15.25 0.96
EventTicketsCenter.com 16 0.93 16 0.99 15.75 0.95
AceTicket.com 17 0.69 18 0.69 18.25 0.68
BrownPaperTickets.com 18 0.69 20 0.66 18.75 0.68
BuyBetterTickets.com 19 0.64 21 0.61 20.75 0.61
JumboTickets.com 20 0.63 17 0.70 18.25 0.68

StubHub maintained its lead over the rest of the Top Secondary Sellers rankings by leading the category with a power score of 31.47. The company was followed in the rankings by TicketsNow, power score 10.62, and Ticket Liquidator, with a power score 7.29.

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

Seller WE 05-02-09 WE 04-25-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
StubHub.com 1 31.47 1 31.45 1 31.43
TicketsNow.com 2 10.62 2 10.16 2 10.21
TicketLiquidator.com 3 7.29 3 7.00 3 7.00
TicketCity.com 4 4.71 4 4.66 4 4.72
CoasttoCoastTickets.com 5 3.28 5 3.30 5.5 3.23
RazorGator.com 6 2.99 7 2.98 5.75 3.22
GoTickets.com 7 2.98 6 3.00 6.75 3.03
TickCo.com 8 2.82 8 2.74 8 2.72
Vividseats.com 9 2.10 9 2.20 9.25 2.05
EventTicketsCenter.com 10 2.02 10 2.18 9.75 2.08
AceTicket.com 11 1.50 13 1.53 12.75 1.48
TicketSpot.com 12 1.41 12 1.57 11.75 1.53
BuyBetterTickets.com 13 1.41 16 1.30 14.25 1.34
JumboTickets.com 14 1.39 11 1.59 12 1.53
OnlineSeats.com 15 1.28 15 1.34 17 1.23
TicketNetwork.com 16 1.21 14 1.44 14.75 1.33
FindTicketsFast.com 17 1.13 19 1.06 17.75 1.14
TicketsZoom.com 18 1.12 20 1.04 18.75 1.10
TicketTango.com 19 1.06 17 1.25 17.25 1.20
CheapPricedTickets.com 20 0.96 18 1.08 19.25 1.06

The Top 10 Primary Sellers rankings also did not change much this week with each ticketing site remaining in their previous positions. Ticketmaster topped the list with power score of 64.59 and it was followed by potential merger partner Live Nation, which had a 14.68 power score.

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

Seller WE 05-02-09 WE 04-25-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
Ticketmaster.com 1 64.59 1 64.62 1 64.63
LiveNation.com 2 14.68 2 14.73 2 14.61
ETix.com 3 3.24 3 3.29 3.25 3.19
TicketWeb.com 4 3.15 4 3.13 3.75 3.12
Telecharge.com 5 3.00 5 2.80 5 2.89
Tickets.com 6 2.35 6 2.22 6 2.26
BrownPaperTickets.com 7 1.34 7 1.28 7 1.33
Wantickets.com 8 0.94 8 0.89 8 0.91
Tix.com 9 0.73 9 0.85 9.25 0.79
Groovetickets.com 10 0.55 10 0.55 9.75 0.62

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 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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TicketNews is a comprehensive resource for news, market analysis, event announcements, and information relating to the ticket industry. TicketNews keeps industry professionals and fans informed about tour dates, current and pending ticket resale legislation, rankings, ticket “steals and deals”, and more! TicketNews developed the algorithm for the exclusive weekly rankings of the industry’s top events and ticket sellers. The content is updated daily, with original articles from TicketNews reporters and an aggregation of 3rd party sources.

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