SOURCE: TicketNews

TicketNews

August 06, 2009 13:26 ET

Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending August 1, 2009

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - August 6, 2009) - TicketNews announces top ticket sellers rankings for the week ending August 1, 2009.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

The Board of Directors of media giant Cablevision has approved a plan to spin off Madison Square Garden (MSG), Radio City Music Hall and other assets from its cable television empire, instantly creating a possible future competitor to proposed entertainment partners Ticketmaster and Live Nation. According to TicketNews, the plan which still must receive approval, would make MSG a standalone sports and entertainment powerhouse with control of the New York Knicks, Rangers, Rockettes, The Beacon Theatre, Radio City, Madison Square Garden and MSG cable networks, among other properties. The new entity is valued at an estimated $1.5 billion.

StubHub ranked second in the Top Overall Sellers list this week, coinciding with an announcement that it will make sweeping changes to its affiliate program. According to TicketNews, the strategy is designed to streamline the process and reward affiliates faster by paying affiliate program members based on the types of tickets they sell, not on the amount of tickets they sell. The change took effect August 1st, and in a recent email to ticket sellers the company said the move will "allow you to focus your efforts on the ticket genre that makes you the most money. This will also eliminate the wait time for performance incentives to be distributed."

Ticketmaster and StubHub garnered power scores of 31.80 and 18.94, respectively in this week's Top Overall Sellers list, with. TicketsNow moved up one spot to number three with a power score of 7.10. Telecharge made the biggest move, transitioning from number eleven to number seven with a power score of 1.98.

                          WE 08-01-09 WE 07-25-09 4 Week Avg
                          =========== =========== ===========
                                Power       Power       Power
Seller                    Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ticketmaster.com              1 31.80     1 32.07     1 31.92
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
StubHub.com                   2 18.94     2 18.60     2 18.63
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketsNow.com                3  7.10     4  7.03  3.75  7.01
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
LiveNation.com                4  7.02     3  7.20  3.25  7.18
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketLiquidator.com          5  3.55     5  3.86     5  3.59
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketCity.com                6  2.14     6  2.14  6.25  2.11
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Telecharge.com                7  1.98    11  1.14  7.75  1.79
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketWeb.com                 8  1.78     7  1.74  7.75  1.78
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
ETix.com                      9  1.46     8  1.43  8.75  1.47
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
CoasttoCoastTickets.com      10  1.18     9  1.26  9.75  1.28
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tickets.com                  11  1.08    10  1.23 10.75  1.18
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Vividseats.com               12  0.99    12  1.10 12.25  1.04
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TickCo.com                   13  0.98    15  0.94  14.5  0.95
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
GoTickets.com                14  0.94    13  0.98    13  0.99
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
RazorGator.com               15  0.92    14  0.96 14.25  0.96
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ace Ticket                   16  0.77    17  0.76 17.25  0.75
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
EventTicketsCenter.com       17  0.72    19  0.71 17.75  0.73
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
JumboTickets.com             18  0.72    18  0.71    18  0.73
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketNetwork.com            19  0.70    16  0.83 17.75  0.74
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Brownpapertickets.com        20  0.69    20  0.71 19.25  0.71
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

StubHub was once again the top secondary seller this week, finishing with a power score of 34.53. The top five rankings remained the same this week, with TicketsNow finishing in second position with a power score of 13.23. TickCo leaped from number nine to number six, with a power score of 2.07.

                          WE 08-01-09 WE 07-25-09 4 Week Avg
                          =========== =========== ===========
                                Power       Power       Power
Seller                    Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
StubHub.com                   1 34.53     1 33.76     1 34.07
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketsNow.com                2 13.23     2 13.02     2 13.10
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketLiquidator.com          3  6.81     3  7.37     3  6.93
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketCity.com                4  4.20     4  4.10     4  4.14
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
CoasttoCoastTickets.com       5  2.46     5  2.60     5  2.69
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TickCo.com                    6  2.07     9  1.95     8  2.03
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Vividseats.com                7  2.05     6  2.26     7  2.14
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
GoTickets.com                 8  2.01     7  2.05     7  2.12
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
RazorGator.com                9  1.94     8  2.00     8  2.03
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
EventTicketsCenter.com       10  1.59    12  1.51    11  1.60
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ace Ticket                   11  1.56    11  1.54 11.75  1.52
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketNetwork.com            12  1.53    10  1.82 11.25  1.63
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
JumboTickets.com             13  1.51    13  1.42    12  1.53
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
ABC Tickets.com              14  1.25    16  1.19 14.75  1.25
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketZoom.com               15  1.19    17  1.14    16  1.16
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketSpot.com               16  1.18    18  1.05 16.75  1.15
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketTango.com              17  1.11    15  1.36  15.5  1.24
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
OnlineSeats.com              18  1.06    14  1.39    17  1.12
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Findticketsfast.com          19  0.99    19  0.90 19.25  0.93
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
CheapPricedTickets.com       20  0.93    22  0.69 20.75  0.76
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

After falling to the sixth position last week, Telecharge moved back up to the top three position this week with a power score of 3.92. Ticketmaster finished as the top primary seller with potential merger partner Live Nation landing at number two.


                          WE 08-01-09 WE 07-25-09 4 Week Avg
                          =========== =========== ===========
                                Power       Power       Power
Seller                    Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ticketmaster.com              1 63.20     1 64.16     1 63.14
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
LiveNation.com                2 13.94     2 14.38     2 14.18
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Telecharge.com                3  3.92     6  2.26  3.75  3.53
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketWeb.com                 4  3.56     3  3.49  3.75  3.53
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
ETix.com                      5  3.04     4  3.00  4.75  3.04
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tickets.com                   6  2.40     5  2.78  5.75  2.60
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Brownpapertickets.com         7  1.39     7  1.42     7  1.42
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Wantickets.com                8  1.26     8  1.27     8  1.20
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tix.com                       9  1.08     9  0.94     9  0.99
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Comcasttix.com               10  0.52    11  0.49 10.75  0.53
                          ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

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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