PRESS RELEASE: “Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending September 5, 2009”

September 10, 2009 (Vernon, CT) – During a Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment conference, Ticketmaster and Live Nation said they plan to aggressively move into dynamic pricing and paperless ticketing initiatives in early 2010. According to TicketNews, CEOs Irving Azoff and Michael Rapino acknowledged that there will always be a secondary market, but these moves are designed to deliver a negative blow to the resale industry.

A court determined that the City of Chicago could continue its fight to force secondary ticket giant StubHub to collect the city’s amusement tax from ticket sales. According to TicketNews, U.S District Court Judge Wayne R. Anderson denied the city’s request for reconsideration in its year-old lawsuit against StubHub this week, following Anderson’s initial decision this past April in favor of StubHub. He continued that the state legislature could settle the matter by creating a new law to address it, but whether the city will pursue that in the face of its legal defeats is unknown.

For another straight week, the top five companies in the top overall ticket sellers remained the same with Ticketmaster in the number one position with a power score of 31.30. Ticket City moved up one position from number seven to number six with a power score of 2.16.


Seller WE 09-05-09 WE 08-29-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score 1 31.30 1 30.83 1 30.71 2 22.16 2 20.15 2 20.48 3 6.72 3 8.16 3 7.69 4 4.61 4 5.40 4 5.31 5 3.48 5 3.11 5 3.25 6 2.16 7 2.00 6.75 2.18 7 2.05 6 2.56 6.25 2.38 8 1.69 8 1.75 8.25 1.69 9 1.39 9 1.63 8.75 1.60 10 1.27 11 1.01 10.75 1.10

StubHub increased its lead in the Top Secondary Sellers rankings, this week it garnered a power score of 41.01. Razor Gator and TicketNetwork each moved up one position this week to numbers five and seven, respectively. Event Tickets Center entered the top ten at number ten with a power score of 1.51.


Seller WE 09-05-09 WE 08-29-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score 1 41.01 1 38.55 1 38.36 2 8.65 2 10.43 2 10.10 3 6.52 3 6.02 3 6.23 4 4.04 4 3.81 4 4.15 5 2.39 6 1.98 5.75 2.18 6 2.10 5 2.39 5.25 2.35 7 1.82 8 1.95 8 1.90 8 1.73 7 1.98 7.75 1.94 9 1.67 9 1.79 8.25 1.86 10 1.51 12 1.35 11.5 1.49

Numbers one through nine in the Top Primary Sellers rankings this week did not change with Ticketmaster leading with a power score of 63.08. Ticket Pop moved its way into the top ten rankings, coming in at number ten with a power score of 0.52.


Seller WE 09-05-09 WE 08-29-09 4 Week Avg
Rank Power Score Rank Power Score Rank Power Score 1 63.08 1 60.32 1 60.87 2 13.62 2 16.02 2 15.26 3 4.14 3 5.03 3 4.72 4 3.45 4 3.45 4.25 3.37 5 2.83 5 3.20 4.75 3.22 6 2.00 7 1.90 6.5 1.91 7 1.47 6 1.71 7 1.69 8 1.23 8 1.18 7.5 1.47 9 1.04 9 0.91 9 1.07 10 0.52 11 0.41 11.5 0.42 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

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

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.

With more than 120,000 unique visitors per month TicketNews has enjoyed a steady increase in web traffic. Ticket brokers, venues, affiliate marketing professionals, TicketNetwork retail customers, sports management professionals, concert/event promoters and software vendors are some examples of TicketNews readers.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2009

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