SOURCE: TicketNews

TicketNews

June 18, 2009 12:39 ET

Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending June 13, 2009

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - TicketNews announces top ticket sellers rankings for the week ending June 13, 2009.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

One of the opponents of the proposed Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger, independent concert promoter Seth Hurwitz, is taking legal action to fight the consolidation by suing Live Nation. The lawsuit, which was filed in March 2009, one week after Hurwitz appeared before Congress, claims alleged 'abuse of its monopoly power' by the ticket giant which Hurwitz claims hurts his companies, It's My Party and It's My Amphitheater (I.M.P., I.M.A.). According to TicketNews, Hurwitz believes that he and other independent promoters are systematically squeezed out by competitor Live Nation, which could intensify if the merger is approved.

Ticketmaster's subsidiary secondary ticket company, TicketsNow, announced this past week that it is launching a new ticket transparency initiative. Titled "Fans Up Front," the initiative will give fans more information when purchasing tickets from the secondary market including the original price of the tickets as well as whether or not face value tickets are still available from Ticketmaster.

TicketsNow moved up one position in the Top Overall Sellers rankings, by changing its rank from number four to number three with a power score of 7.08. The secondary site was only superseded by Ticketmaster with a power score of 32.23 and StubHub with a power score of 18.58.

                          WE 06-13-09 WE 06-06-09 4 Week Avg
                          ----------- ----------- -----------
                                Power       Power       Power
Seller                    Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Ticketmaster.com              1 32.23     1 32.44     1 33.12
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
StubHub.com                   2 18.58     2 18.26     2 19.06
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketsNow.com                3  7.08     4  7.00  3.75  5.62
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
LiveNation.com                4  7.01     3  7.00  3.25  6.81
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketLiquidator.com          5  3.80     5  3.94     5  3.97
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketCity.com                6  2.38     6  2.43     6  2.44
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketWeb.com                 7  1.50     7  1.53     7  1.58
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Telecharge.com                8  1.49     8  1.42  8.25  1.45
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Ace Ticket                    9  1.37     9  1.31  12.5  1.09
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
CoasttoCoastTickets.com      10  1.27    10  1.24  9.25  1.33
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
ETix.com                     11  1.18    11  1.20  10.5  1.22
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
RazorGator.com               12  1.07    13  1.04 12.25  1.06
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Tickets.com                  13  1.06    12  1.08    12  1.09
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
JumboTickets.com             14  0.98    15  0.86    16  0.84
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
GoTickets.com                15  0.96    14  1.01  13.5  1.03
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Vividseats.com               16  0.86    16  0.85    15  0.92
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Brownpapertickets.com        17  0.76    18  0.73 18.25  0.69
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
EventTicketsCenter.com       18  0.73    19  0.71    18  0.74
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Findticketsfast.com          19  0.63    23  0.59 24.25  0.54
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
ABC Tickets.com              20  0.58    25  0.56 25.25  0.51
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

Jumbo Tickets made its ascent in the Top Secondary Sellers rankings to the top ten portion of the list, moving up two spots to number eight with a power score of 2.03. The top seven spots remained the same this week with StubHub ranking first with a power score of 33.41.

                          WE 06-13-09 WE 06-06-09 4 Week Avg
                          ----------- ----------- -----------
                                Power       Power       Power
Seller                    Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
StubHub.com                   1 33.41     1 32.91     1 34.67
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketsNow.com                2 13.00     2 12.88     2 10.53
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketLiquidator.com          3  7.15     3  7.43     3  7.55
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketCity.com                4  4.54     4  4.63     4  4.66
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Ace Ticket                    5  2.68     5  2.57   7.5  2.18
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
CoasttoCoastTickets.com       6  2.61     6  2.54   5.5  2.75
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
RazorGator.com                7  2.19     7  2.14  6.75  2.22
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
JumboTickets.com              8  2.03    10  1.77 10.25  1.77
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
GoTickets.com                 9  2.01     8  2.12   7.5  2.16
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Vividseats.com               10  1.84     9  1.82     9  1.93
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
EventTicketsCenter.com       11  1.55    12  1.52  11.5  1.60
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Findticketsfast.com          12  1.40    16  1.32  16.5  1.20
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
ABC Tickets.com              13  1.33    17  1.29 17.25  1.19
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketZoom.com               14  1.27    13  1.42    15  1.29
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketNetwork.com            15  1.26    14  1.42 15.25  1.33
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketSpot.com               16  1.24    15  1.34 15.25  1.30
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
CheapPricedTickets.com       17  1.13    19  1.06    19  1.06
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TickCo.com                   18  1.13    11  1.74  11.5  1.73
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
BuyBetterTickets.com         19  1.13    18  1.13 17.25  1.17
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketTango.com              20  1.10    20  1.05 16.75  1.24
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

The top ten positions in the Top Primary Sellers rankings did not change this past week with Ticketmaster positioned at number one with a power score of 65.06. It was followed by Live Nation with a power score of 14.40 and Ticket Web with a power score of 3.05.

                          WE 06-13-09 WE 06-06-09 4 Week Avg
                          ----------- ----------- -----------
                                Power       Power       Power
Seller                    Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Ticketmaster.com              1 65.06     1 65.11     1 65.79
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
LiveNation.com                2 14.40     2 14.31     2 13.80
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketWeb.com                 3  3.05     3  3.08     3  3.16
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Telecharge.com                4  3.02     4  2.85     4  2.89
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
ETix.com                      5  2.48     5  2.50     5  2.53
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Tickets.com                   6  2.38     6  2.42     6  2.40
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Brownpapertickets.com         7  1.54     7  1.47     7  1.39
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Tix.com                       8  1.26     8  1.28     8  1.17
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Wantickets.com                9  0.81     9  0.76     9  0.73
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
TicketPop.com                10  0.47    10  0.53 11.75  0.42
                          ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----

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).

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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.

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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