SOURCE: TicketNews.com

TicketNews.com

February 26, 2009 13:57 ET

Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending February 21, 2009

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - February 26, 2009) - TicketNews announces top ticket sellers rankings for the week ending February 21, 2009.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

The two largest companies in the ticketing and live entertainment industries faced skeptical members of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights in Washington, DC on February 24 and 26th, and answered questions about the much maligned proposed Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger. According to TicketNews, the two companies spent the 90-minute hearing trying to explain how the music industry has been irrevocably changed by darkening market forces, stressing that their survival partially hinged on the approval of the proposed merger.

While Ticketmaster continues its efforts to persuade officials to approve the merger, they were able to reach a settlement with New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram over the way the company handled the recent sales of Bruce Springsteen tickets. According to TicketNews, the settlement calls on Ticketmaster to pay $350,000 to "cover investigative, attorney and administrative fees and to support New Jersey consumer protection initiatives."

Despite the influx of bad press for the ticketing giant, Ticketmaster maintained its substantial lead in the Top Overall Ticket Sellers rankings with a power score of 37.63. It was followed in the rankings by the secondary ticket companies StubHub (power score 14.60) and Ticketmaster subsidiary TicketsNow (power score 6.69).

                        WE 02-21-09  WE 02-14-09   4 Week Avg
                        -----------  -----------  ------------
                              Power        Power         Power
Seller                  Rank  Score  Rank  Score   Rank  Score
------                  ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Ticketmaster.com           1  37.63     1  37.77      1  36.44
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
StubHub.com                2  14.60     2  14.50      2  14.21
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketsNow.com             3   6.69     3   7.30   3.25   6.82
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
LiveNation.com             4   4.42     4   4.34   4.25   4.47
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketLiquidator.com       5   3.35     5   3.28    5.5   3.36
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
CoasttoCoastTickets.com    6   1.84     7   1.71      8   1.64
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketCity.com             7   1.74     6   1.75   6.25   2.27
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
RazorGator.com             8   1.73     9   1.63   8.75   1.70
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Telecharge.com             9   1.70     8   1.68      8   1.85
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
ETix.com                  10   1.30    10   1.31   10.5   1.25
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TickCo.com                11   1.30    11   1.31  11.75   1.21
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketWeb.com             12   1.14    12   1.13  13.25   1.06
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Tickets.com               13   1.04    13   1.03     11   2.67
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
GoTickets.com             14   1.02    14   1.01  14.25   1.00
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Brownpapertickets.com     15   0.88    15   0.92  19.25   0.77
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
EventTicketsCenter.com    16   0.84    16   0.85  16.75   0.79
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Vividseats.com            17   0.79    17   0.76  17.75   0.73
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
BuyBetterTickets.com      18   0.69    18   0.65  19.75   0.63
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketNetwork.com         19   0.68    23   0.55  19.75   0.63
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Findticketsfast.com       20   0.65    19   0.60  22.75   0.56
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

StubHub, TicketsNow, Ticket Liquidator and Coast to Coast Tickets did not move from their positions last week, ranking numbers one through four. Razor Gator was able to make its way back into the top five forcing Ticket City down to number six.

                        WE 02-21-09  WE 02-14-09   4 Week Avg
                        -----------  -----------  ------------
                              Power        Power         Power
Seller                  Rank  Score  Rank  Score   Rank  Score
------                  ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
StubHub.com                1  27.32     1  27.69      1  27.47
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketsNow.com             2  12.28     2  14.23      2  13.33
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketLiquidator.com       3   6.75     3   6.63   3.25   6.90
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
CoasttoCoastTickets.com    4   3.93     4   3.63   4.75   3.56
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
RazorGator.com             5   3.69     6   3.44    5.5   3.67
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketCity.com             6   3.41     5   3.53    4.5   4.66
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TickCo.com                 7   2.84     7   2.86   7.25   2.68
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
GoTickets.com              8   2.32     8   2.30    8.5   2.29
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
EventTicketsCenter.com     9   1.87     9   1.84   9.75   1.74
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Vividseats.com            10   1.82    10   1.71  10.25   1.68
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketNetwork.com         11   1.79    14   1.34  12.25   1.54
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
BuyBetterTickets.com      12   1.59    11   1.43     13   1.41
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Findticketsfast.com       13   1.47    15   1.30     16   1.25
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketSpot.com            14   1.43    12   1.42  13.75   1.36
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
OnlineSeats.com           15   1.39    13   1.36  14.25   1.36
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketTango.com           16   1.32    17   1.21  17.75   1.16
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
JumboTickets.com          17   1.26    21   0.96     20   1.03
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketZoom.com            18   1.20    19   1.15     19   1.10
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
BarrysTickets.com         19   1.17    22   0.83  22.25   0.85
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
ABC Tickets.com           20   1.15    16   1.26  16.25   1.27
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

The Top Primary Sellers rankings once again remained consistent with last week's list, with Ticketmaster positioned at number one garnering a power score of 71.07. The only change in the Top Primary Sellers list was in the number nine spot, where Comcasttix jumped to the top ten position with a power score of 0.67.

                        WE 02-21-09  WE 02-14-09   4 Week Avg
                        -----------  -----------  ------------
                              Power        Power         Power
Seller                  Rank  Score  Rank  Score   Rank  Score
------                  ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Ticketmaster.com           1  71.07     1  70.96      1  67.76
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
LiveNation.com             2   8.56     2   8.42   2.25   8.56
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Telecharge.com             3   3.21     3   3.16   3.25   3.43
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
ETix.com                   4   2.53     4   2.55    4.5   2.41
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
TicketWeb.com              5   2.17     5   2.15    5.5   2.01
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Tickets.com                6   2.10     6   2.15      5   4.99
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Brownpapertickets.com      7   1.69     7   1.75      8   1.45
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Groovetickets.com          8   1.07     8   1.14      8   1.10
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Comcasttix.com             9   0.67    11   0.54  10.75   0.58
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----
Wantickets.com            10   0.61    10   0.63   9.75   0.72
                        ----  -----  ----  -----  -----  -----

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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