SOURCE: TicketNews.com

TicketNews.com

February 19, 2009 12:42 ET

Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending February 14, 2009

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - February 19, 2009) - TicketNews announces top ticket sellers rankings for the week ending February 14, 2009.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

The buzz this week in the ticket and entertainment industries continues to center around the proposed Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger. On Tuesday, February 17th, TicketNews reported that a group of Ticketmaster Entertainment shareholders filed a class action lawsuit against the company claiming that the merger deal allegedly undervalues the company. According to the Los Angeles Business Journal, the lawsuit was filed late last week in Los Angeles Superior Court and suggesting a judge to stop the planned merger in its tracks.

Ticketmaster's business practices are also being investigated. The Washington, DC-based law firm Finkelstein Thompson LLP has launched its own investigation into the ticketing giant and its subsidiary TicketsNow as it relates to the companies' handling of the recent ticket sales for Bruce Springsteen, according to TicketNews.

The top six companies positioned in the Top Overall Sellers rankings were unchanged this past week, with Ticketmaster again holding the number one position. It was followed by StubHub, TicketsNow, Live Nation, Ticket Liquidator and Ticket City. Only companies ranked seventh and eighth spots changed with Coast to Coast Tickets and Telecharge swapping positions.

                                        WE 02-14-09 WE 02-07-09 4 Week Avg
                                        ----------- ----------- -----------
                                              Power       Power       Power
                                        Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Ticketmaster.com                            1 37.77     1 36.75     1 35.44
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
StubHub.com                                 2 14.50     2 15.02     2 13.80
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketsNow.com                              3  7.30     3  7.21   3.5  6.70
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
LiveNation.com                              4  4.34     4  5.14   4.5  4.33
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketLiquidator.com                        5  3.28     5  3.50  5.75  3.36
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketCity.com                              6  1.75     6  2.09  6.25  2.65
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
CoasttoCoastTickets.com                     7  1.71     8  1.69  9.25  1.50
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Telecharge.com                              8  1.68     7  1.75  7.75  2.00
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
RazorGator.com                              9  1.63     9  1.68     9  1.70
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
ETix.com                                   10  1.31    10  1.36    11  1.19
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TickCo.com                                 11  1.31    11  1.28 12.25  1.12
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketWeb.com                              12  1.13    13  1.12 14.25  1.00
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Tickets.com                                13  1.03    15  1.01   8.5  4.29
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
GoTickets.com                              14  1.01    14  1.03  14.5  0.96
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Brownpapertickets.com                      15  0.92    16  0.85 23.25  0.65
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
EventTicketsCenter.com                     16  0.85    17  0.78    17  0.79
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Vividseats.com                             17  0.76    18  0.72 18.25  0.69
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
BuyBetterTickets.com                       18  0.65    19  0.65  20.5  0.60
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Findticketsfast.com                        19  0.60    24  0.55    25  0.51
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketSpot.com                             20  0.59    22  0.56 23.75  0.53
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

The ticket companies that are positioned in the top three were the same this week with StubHub, TicketsNow and Ticket Liquidator taking up those spots. Coast to Coast Tickets and Ticket City round out the top five.


                                        WE 02-14-09 WE 02-07-09 4 Week Avg
                                        ----------- ----------- -----------
                                              Power       Power       Power
                                        Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
StubHub.com                                 1 27.69     1 28.45     1 27.36
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketsNow.com                              2 14.23     2 13.95     2 13.55
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketLiquidator.com                        3  6.63     3  7.01  3.25  7.05
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
CoasttoCoastTickets.com                     4  3.63     5  3.55  5.25  3.32
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketCity.com                              5  3.53     4  4.20     4  5.51
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
RazorGator.com                              6  3.44     6  3.52   5.5  3.70
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TickCo.com                                  7  2.86     7  2.76  7.25  2.55
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
GoTickets.com                               8  2.30     9  2.34  8.75  2.25
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
EventTicketsCenter.com                      9  1.84    10  1.68    10  1.80
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Vividseats.com                             10  1.71    11  1.60 10.75  1.60
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
BuyBetterTickets.com                       11  1.43    13  1.42 13.25  1.37
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketSpot.com                             12  1.42    14  1.32  14.5  1.30
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
OnlineSeats.com                            13  1.36    15  1.31 14.25  1.34
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketNetwork.com                          14  1.34    12  1.45 12.25  1.48
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Findticketsfast.com                        15  1.30    18  1.18  17.5  1.15
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
ABC Tickets.com                            16  1.26    16  1.23 14.75  1.32
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketTango.com                            17  1.21    17  1.20 19.25  1.04
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Ace Ticket                                 18  1.15    19  1.11  18.5  1.07
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketZoom.com                             19  1.15    20  1.04  18.5  1.11
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
CheapPricedTickets.com                     20  1.02    21  0.98 21.25  0.92
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

The top ten primary sellers this week look very familiar to last week, as each ticket company kept their respective ranking. Ticketmaster ranked number one with a power score of 70.96, followed by Live Nation and Telecharge which had power scores of 8.42 and 3.16, respectively.


                                        WE 02-14-09 WE 02-07-09 4 Week Avg
                                        ----------- ----------- -----------
                                              Power       Power       Power
                                        Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Ticketmaster.com                            1 70.96     1 69.46     1 64.93
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
LiveNation.com                              2  8.42     2 10.02   2.5  8.18
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Telecharge.com                              3  3.16     3  3.31   3.5  3.65
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
ETix.com                                    4  2.55     4  2.65     5  2.28
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketWeb.com                               5  2.15     5  2.14     6  1.86
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Tickets.com                                 6  2.15     6  2.12     4  7.84
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Brownpapertickets.com                       7  1.75     7  1.63     9  1.22
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Groovetickets.com                           8  1.14     8  1.13  8.25  1.09
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Tix.com                                     9  0.74     9  0.76     7  1.69
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Wantickets.com                             10  0.63    10  0.61  9.25  0.83
                                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----

TicketNews.com is a comprehensive resource for news, market analysis, event announcements, and information relating to the ticket industry. TicketNews.com keeps industry professionals and fans informed about tour dates, current and pending ticket resale legislation, rankings, onsales, and more. The content is updated daily, with original articles from ten TicketNews.com reporters and an aggregation of 3rd party sources.

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, including comScore and Hitwise, 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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