SOURCE: TicketNews.com

TicketNews.com

October 01, 2009 11:25 ET

Ticket News Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending September 26, 2009

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - TicketNews announces top ticket sellers rankings for the week ending September 26, 2009.

TOP 10 OVERALL SELLERS

As the proposed Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger continues to face scrutiny from the nation's lawmakers, a vocal opponent of the proposed partnership has surfaced in Washington, DC. Dante Ferrando, owner of the D.C.'s Black Cat nightclub, has voiced his displeasure of the potential merger by making a change in how he does business at his 1,000-capacity venue. As of September 25, the popular concert spot will end its long-standing contract with Ticketmaster in favor of a new deal with the Atlanta-based operations of Ticket Alternative. Black Cat has relied on the services of Ticketmaster since it opened its doors in 1993.

This week Live Nation completed the sale of three Boston venues to famed concert promoter Don Law for $22.5 million. Law, along with producer partner David Mugar, under what they call Boston Opera House Ventures LLC, purchased the Boston Opera House outright, the operating contract for the Orpheum Theatre, and controlling interest in the Paradise Rock Club. Law, who is president of Live Nation New England, will remain with Live Nation in his current title, but could also use the venues to launch a new independent promotions company that may rival Live Nation in Boston.

For the fourth consecutive week, the top ten overall sellers is unchanged with Ticketmaster controlling the top spot with a 31.55 power score. StubHub, with a 22.30 power score, finished at number two followed by Live Nation which finished with a 6.50 power score.

                               WE 09-26-09 WE 09-19-09 4 Week Avg
                               =========== =========== ===========
                                     Power       Power       Power
Seller                         Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ticketmaster.com                   1 31.55     1 31.64     1 31.44
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
StubHub.com                        2 22.30     2 21.97     2 22.25
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
LiveNation.com                     3  6.50     3  6.27     3  6.51
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketsNow.com                     4  4.48     4  4.72     4  4.60
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketLiquidator.com               5  3.38     5  3.56     5  3.51
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketCity.com                     6  2.63     6  2.45     6  2.38
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Telecharge.com                     7  1.95     7  2.15     7  2.03
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketWeb.com                      8  1.74     8  1.67     8  1.69
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
ETix.com                           9  1.43     9  1.43     9  1.40
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
RazorGator.com                    10  1.26    10  1.24    10  1.27
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

TOP 10 SECONDARY SELLERS

TickCo moved from number eleven to number seven last week, a move that kept the company out the top ten rankings this week. StubHub continued its reign at the top of the secondary seller rankings, finishing this week with a power score of 41.33.


                               WE 09-26-09 WE 09-19-09 4 Week Avg
                               =========== =========== ===========
                                     Power       Power       Power
Seller                         Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
StubHub.com                        1 41.33     1 40.77     1 41.19
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketsNow.com                     2  8.39     2  8.85     2  8.62
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketLiquidator.com               3  6.34     3  6.68     3  6.57
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketCity.com                     4  4.93     4  4.58     4  4.44
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
RazorGator.com                     5  2.40     5  2.34     5  2.40
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
CoasttoCoastTickets.com            6  2.00     6  2.03     6  2.05
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
GoTickets.com                      7  1.66     8  1.68   7.5  1.68
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketNetwork.com                  8  1.63     9  1.67     8  1.69
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Vividseats.com                     9  1.62    10  1.62  9.25  1.63
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
EventTicketsCenter.com            10  1.61    11  1.52 10.25  1.53
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

The Primary Seller Rankings maintained stabile this week, with every position holder in the top ten remaining the same. Ticketmaster finished with a 63.71 at the number one spot, while Live Nation finished number two with a 13.20 power score.

                               WE 09-26-09 WE 09-19-09 4 Week Avg
                               =========== =========== ===========
                                     Power       Power       Power
Seller                         Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Ticketmaster.com                   1 63.71     1 63.66     1 63.44
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
LiveNation.com                     2 13.20     2 12.67     2 13.21
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Telecharge.com                     3  3.95     3  4.33     3  4.12
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketWeb.com                      4  3.54     4  3.39     4  3.45
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
ETix.com                           5  2.90     5  2.90     5  2.85
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tix.com                            6  1.95     6  1.98     6  2.05
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Brownpapertickets.com              7  1.57     7  1.51     7  1.53
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Tickets.com                        8  1.20     8  1.23     8  1.23
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
Wantickets.com                     9  1.05     9  1.16     9  1.07
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====
TicketPop.com                     10  0.48    10  0.49    10  0.51
                               ===== ===== ===== ===== ===== =====

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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