October 08, 2009 15:27 ET

Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending October 3, 2009

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - October 8, 2009) - TicketNews announces top ticket sellers rankings for the week ending October 3, 2009.

TOP 10 OVERALL SELLERS

New Jersey-based ticket broker Chuck Lombardo, owner of Elite Entertainment Inc., is suing Ticketmaster in addition to the company's TicketsNow and Front Line Management subsidiaries for allegedly going back on a deal to buy his company and to employ him after he helped the ticketing giant develop its secondary ticket business. According to TicketNews, the lawsuit was filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, and according to a source familiar with the case, Lombardo signed an employment agreement with Ticketmaster in the fall of 2008, but the company never followed through with its end of the deal.

Details from the lawsuit paint Ticketmaster as a company that continues to muscle its way into the secondary ticket market and allegedly manipulate ticket prices for certain artists. While the names of Ticketmaster's management team are not specificied in the lawsuit, former Ticketmaster President and CEO Sean Moriarty, and current CEO Irving Azoff, owner of Front Line Management, figure prominently in the case because Lombardo allegedly either negotiated directly with them and other Ticketmaster executives on their behalf.

Ticketmaster maintained its stranglehold over every ticket company once again this week, finishing in first position with a power score of 31.32. The rest of the Top 10 Overall Sellers rankings remained the same this week with StubHub finishing second with a power score of 22.38.


                               WE 10-03-09 WE 09-26-09 4 Week Avg
                               =========== =========== ===========
                                     Power       Power       Power
                               Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ticketmaster.com                   1 31.32     1 31.55     1 31.44
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
StubHub.com                        2 22.38     2 22.30     2 22.30
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
LiveNation.com                     3  6.48     3  6.50     3  6.45
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketsNow.com                     4  4.43     4  4.48     4  4.55
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketLiquidator.com               5  3.41     5  3.38     5  3.49
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketCity.com                     6  2.76     6  2.63     6  2.53
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Telecharge.com                     7  2.16     7  1.95     7  2.06
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketWeb.com                      8  1.74     8  1.74     8  1.70
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
ETix.com                           9  1.35     9  1.43     9  1.39
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
RazorGator.com                    10  1.26    10  1.26    10  1.27
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

TOP 10 SECONDARY SELLERS

Vivid Seats and TicketNetwork were the only two secondary ticket companies that moved up the top ten rankings this week by swapping eighth and ninth positions from last week. StubHub ranked number one again this week with a power score of 41.24.


                               WE 10-03-09 WE 09-26-09 4 Week Avg
                               =========== =========== ===========
                                     Power       Power       Power
                               Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
StubHub.com                        1 41.24     1 41.33     1 41.25
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketsNow.com                     2  8.24     2  8.39     2  8.52
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketLiquidator.com               3  6.36     3  6.34     3  6.53
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketCity.com                     4  5.14     4  4.93     4  4.72
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
RazorGator.com                     5  2.38     5  2.40     5  2.40
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
CoasttoCoastTickets.com            6  1.97     6  2.00     6  2.02
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
GoTickets.com                      7  1.68     7  1.66  7.25  1.66
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Vividseats.com                     8  1.67     9  1.62     9  1.63
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketNetwork.com                  9  1.65     8  1.63   8.5  1.65
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
EventTicketsCenter.com            10  1.53    10  1.61 10.25  1.54
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

This week's Top 10 Primary Sellers rankings look similar to last week's list, with all ten companies maintaining their previous positions. Ticketmaster was the top ranked primary company once again this week and it garnered a power score of 63.28.


                               WE 10-03-09 WE 09-26-09 4 Week Avg
                               =========== =========== ===========
                                     Power       Power       Power
                               Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ticketmaster.com                   1 63.28     1 63.71     1 63.49
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
LiveNation.com                     2 13.14     2 13.20     2 13.09
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Telecharge.com                     3  4.38     3  3.95     3  4.18
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketWeb.com                      4  3.56     4  3.54     4  3.48
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
ETix.com                           5  2.74     5  2.90     5  2.82
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tix.com                            6  1.94     6  1.95     6  2.03
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Brownpapertickets.com              7  1.60     7  1.57     7  1.56
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tickets.com                        8  1.20     8  1.20     8  1.22
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Wantickets.com                     9  1.07     9  1.05     9  1.08
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketPop.com                     10  0.50    10  0.48    10  0.50
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

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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