SOURCE: TicketNews.com

TicketNews.com

August 20, 2009 12:37 ET

Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending August 15, 2009

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - August 20, 2009) - TicketNews announces top ticket sellers rankings for the week ending August 15, 2009.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

Faced with a decline in overall ticket sales and expenses relating to its proposed merger with Live Nation, Ticketmaster reported a seventy percent drop in net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, compared to the same period the year before. According to TicketNews, the company's net income for the quarter was $6.9 million, down from twenty-three million dollars in 2008, in part due to the weak economy and about eight and half million dollars in costs associated with the proposed merger.

Ticketmaster also experienced an issue last week when it experienced technical problems with its TicketExchange website for the Tennessee Titans. According to TicketNews, Ticketmaster made undisclosed changes to its TicketExchange platform over the summer, but most teams did not experience any issues. Details of the cause of the Titans problem were not disclosed.

The top eleven overall ticket sellers last week kept their positions in the rankings this week with Ticketmaster leading with a power score of 30.03. Secondary giant StubHub finished second with a power score of 19.48 and was followed by Live Nation which had a power score of 7.69.


                                        WE 08-15-09 WE 08-08-09 4 Week Avg
                                        =========== =========== ===========
                                              Power       Power       Power
Seller                                  Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ticketmaster.com                            1 30.03     1 29.97     1 30.97
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
StubHub.com                                 2 19.48     2 19.59     2 19.15
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
LiveNation.com                              3  7.69     3  7.57  3.25  7.37
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketsNow.com                              4  5.73     4  5.58  3.75  6.36
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketLiquidator.com                        5  3.08     5  3.28     5  3.44
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Telecharge.com                              6  2.42     6  2.30   7.5  1.96
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketCity.com                              7  2.23     7  2.16   6.5  2.17
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
ETix.com                                    8  1.77     8  1.72  8.25  1.59
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketWeb.com                               9  1.53     9  1.56  8.25  1.66
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
CoasttoCoastTickets.com                    10  1.27    10  1.30  9.75  1.25
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
RazorGator.com                             11  1.18    11  1.08 12.75  1.03
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
GoTickets.com                              12  1.08    14  1.00 13.25  1.00
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Vividseats.com                             13  1.02    17  0.95  13.5  1.01
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tickets.com                                14  1.00    13  1.01    12  1.08
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketNetwork.com                          15  0.98    16  0.96  16.5  0.87
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tix.com                                    16  0.94    12  1.06  20.5  0.73
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TickCo.com                                 17  0.91    15  0.98    15  0.95
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Brownpapertickets.com                      18  0.88    18  0.87    19  0.79
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketZoom.com                             19  0.86    20  0.80  21.5  0.69
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
EventTicketsCenter.com                     20  0.83    19  0.87 18.75  0.78
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

Vivid Seats made the biggest change in the top ten of the Top Secondary Sellers this week escalating from number ten to number eight with a power score of 2.10. StubHub finished in the number one position again this week, with a power score of 35.50.


                                        WE 08-15-09 WE 08-08-09 4 Week Avg
                                        =========== =========== ===========
                                              Power       Power       Power
Seller                                  Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
StubHub.com                                 1 35.50     1 35.31     1 34.77
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketsNow.com                              2 10.78     2 10.39     2 11.85
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketLiquidator.com                        3  5.96     3  6.29     3  6.61
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketCity.com                              4  4.31     4  4.14     4  4.19
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
CoasttoCoastTickets.com                     5  2.62     5  2.66     5  2.59
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
RazorGator.com                              6  2.45     6  2.22  7.25  2.15
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
GoTickets.com                               7  2.28     7  2.06  7.25  2.10
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Vividseats.com                              8  2.10    10  1.94  7.75  2.09
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketNetwork.com                           9  2.02     9  1.99    10  1.84
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TickCo.com                                 10  1.88     8  2.04  8.25  1.99
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketZoom.com                             11  1.82    12  1.66 13.75  1.45
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
EventTicketsCenter.com                     12  1.80    11  1.86 11.25  1.69
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ace Ticket                                 13  1.59    16  1.32 12.75  1.50
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
JumboTickets.com                           14  1.39    13  1.35 13.25  1.42
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
ABC Tickets.com                            15  1.34    14  1.35 14.75  1.28
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketSpot.com                             16  1.27    17  1.22 16.75  1.18
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketTango.com                            17  1.11    15  1.34    16  1.23
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
OnlineSeats.com                            18  1.10    20  1.15  17.5  1.18
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
BuyBetterTickets.com                       19  1.07    18  1.20  19.5  1.01
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Findticketsfast.com                        20  1.05    19  1.16 19.25  1.02
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

The Top Primary Sellers rankings this week was the same as last week, with all ten spots remaining the same. Ticketmaster finished the week at the top of the list with a power score of 59.79 and was followed again by potential merger partner Live Nation, which came in with a power score of 15.28.


                                        WE 08-15-09 WE 08-08-09 4 Week Avg
                                        =========== =========== ===========
                                              Power       Power       Power
Seller                                  Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ticketmaster.com                            1 59.79     1 60.12     1 61.82
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
LiveNation.com                              2 15.28     2 15.16     2 14.69
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Telecharge.com                              3  4.80     3  4.60  3.75  3.90
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
ETix.com                                    4  3.69     4  3.60  4.25  3.33
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketWeb.com                               5  3.06     5  3.15  4.25  3.31
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tickets.com                                 6  2.25     6  2.29  5.75  2.43
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tix.com                                     7  1.94     7  2.23     8  1.55
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Brownpapertickets.com                       8  1.77     8  1.75   7.5  1.58
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Wantickets.com                              9  1.36     9  1.04   8.5  1.23
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Comcasttix.com                             10  0.59    10  0.57 10.25  0.54
                                        ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

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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