“Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending May 9, 2009” May 14, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – The new head of the Antitrust...

“Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending May 9, 2009”

May 14, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – The new head of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice Christine Varney is reportedly poised to usher in new, tougher rules as it relates to antitrust cases, which could have an impact on the proposed merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation, according to TicketNews. The proposed merger is perhaps the biggest current test for the antitrust division, and it has been closely scrutinized by not only Justice Department officials but also members of Congress, the ticketing industry and the public.

Live Nation this week said it lost $102.7 million during the fiscal first quarter ended March 31, 2009 with revenues for the quarter dropping to a shade under $500 million. According to TicketNews, the $102.7 million loss was primarily the result of an overall decline in concert sales.


Ticketmaster was once again at the top of the Top Overall Sellers rankings. StubHub followed at number two with a power score of 19.40 and Live Nation with a power score of 6.43. Telecharge moved up two spots to number eight, while Razor Gator was able to crack the top ten coming in this week at number ten with a power score of 1.21.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

Seller WE 05-09-09 WE 05-02-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
Ticketmaster.com 1 34.03 1 33.52 1 33.67
StubHub.com 2 19.40 2 16.61 2 17.31
LiveNation.com 3 6.43 3 7.51 3 7.26
TicketsNow.com 4 4.46 4 5.43 4 5.06
TicketLiquidator.com 5 4.21 5 3.67 5 3.75
TicketCity.com 6 2.68 6 2.38 6 2.44
TicketWeb.com 7 1.58 8 1.62 7.5 1.61
Telecharge.com 8 1.42 10 1.55 9.5 1.49
CoasttoCoastTickets.com 9 1.35 9 1.56 9.5 1.48
RazorGator.com 10 1.21 12 1.42 10.25 1.42
ETix.com 11 1.20 7 1.63 8.5 1.52
GoTickets.com 12 1.15 11 1.42 11.75 1.35
Tickets.com 13 1.13 14 1.11 13.75 1.09
Vividseats.com 14 1.06 15 0.97 14.75 1.00
AceTicket.com 15 0.91 17 0.69 17 0.75
TickCo.com 16 0.85 13 1.33 13.75 1.18
EventTicketsCenter.com 17 0.77 16 0.93 16.25 0.90
JumboTickets.com 18 0.71 20 0.63 18 0.69
BrownPaperTickets.com 19 0.66 18 0.69 19.25 0.67
TicketTango.com 20 0.61 28 0.46 24.25 0.53

Positions one through seven stayed the same this past week with StubHub keeping the number one spot with a power score of 35.40. TicketsNow and Ticket Liquidator follow in the rankings with power scores of 8.57 and 8.09, respectively. Ace Ticket jumped into the top ten moving up two spots to number nine with a power score of 1.93.

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

Seller WE 05-09-09 WE 05-02-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
StubHub.com 1 35.40 1 31.47 1 32.39
TicketsNow.com 2 8.57 2 10.62 2 9.84
TicketLiquidator.com 3 8.09 3 7.29 3 7.36
TicketCity.com 4 5.19 4 4.71 4 4.83
CoasttoCoastTickets.com 5 2.83 5 3.28 5.25 3.12
RazorGator.com 6 2.61 6 2.99 6 2.99
GoTickets.com 7 2.49 7 2.98 6.75 2.88
Vividseats.com 8 2.19 9 2.10 8.75 2.13
AceTicket.com 9 1.93 11 1.50 11.5 1.62
TickCo.com 10 1.84 8 2.82 8.5 2.51
EventTicketsCenter.com 11 1.70 10 2.02 10.25 1.97
JumboTickets.com 12 1.60 14 1.39 12 1.56
TicketTango.com 13 1.40 19 1.06 16.5 1.24
TicketSpot.com 14 1.36 12 1.41 12.5 1.48
TicketNetwork.com 15 1.20 16 1.21 14.75 1.30
TicketsZoom.com 16 1.18 18 1.12 18.25 1.11
OnlineSeats.com 17 1.15 15 1.28 16.25 1.24
CheapPricedTickets.com 18 1.12 21 0.94 20.25 1.01
BuyBetterTickets.com 19 1.09 13 1.41 15.75 1.26
FindTicketsFast.com 20 0.97 17 1.13 18 1.10

Ticketmaster kept its lead in the Top Primary Sellers rankings for this week with a power score of 67.04. Live Nation followed at number two, with Ticket Web and Telecharge each moving up one spot to numbers three and four. UNLV Tickets makes an appearance in the top ten moving from number thirteen to number ten.

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

Seller WE 05-09-09 WE 05-02-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score
Ticketmaster.com 1 67.04 1 64.59 1 65.16
LiveNation.com 2 12.89 2 14.68 2 14.25
TicketWeb.com 3 3.12 4 3.15 3.5 3.14
Telecharge.com 4 2.80 5 3.00 4.75 2.88
ETix.com 5 2.45 3 3.24 3.75 3.03
Tickets.com 6 2.45 6 2.35 6 2.32
BrownPaperTickets.com 7 1.31 7 1.34 7 1.31
Tix.com 8 1.04 9 0.73 8.75 0.86
Wantickets.com 9 0.66 8 0.94 8.25 0.85
Groovetickets.com 10 0.51 13 0.34 12 0.41

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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