SOURCE: TicketNews.com

TicketNews.com

March 05, 2009 11:53 ET

TicketNews Announces Top Ticket Sellers for Week Ending February 28, 2009

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) - TicketNews announces top ticket sellers rankings for the week ending February 28, 2009.

TOP 20 OVERALL SELLERS

The ticket industry continued to focus on the proposed Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger after last week's Senate subcommittee. On February 24, the two biggest companies in the ticketing and live entertainment industries met with House Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy. According to TicketNews, Ticketmaster Entertainment CEO Irving Azoff reiterated his contempt for the secondary ticketing market at the hearing and said that he would consider selling the company's TicketsNow reselling operation helps to assuage concerns over Ticketmaster's proposed merger with Live Nation.

Live Nation CEO and President Michael Rapino has been critical of the secondary market throughout the merger hearings. According to TicketNews, his company is reporting a fourth quarter loss of net income. A write down of nearly $270 million forced Live Nation to record a loss of about $337.5 million.

The top five spots in the Top Overall Sellers rankings remained the same this week with Ticketmaster remaining at number one with a power score of 36.80. Numbers six through ten were anything but stable with each spot changing position holders. Ticket City came in at number six with a power score of 1.96, followed by Coast to Coast Tickets, Telecharge, Razor Gator and TickCo.

                        WE 02-28-09 WE 02-21-09 4 Week Avg
                        ----------- ----------- -----------
                              Power       Power       Power
Seller                  Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Ticketmaster.com            1 36.80     1 37.63     1 37.24
StubHub.com                 2 14.75     2 14.60     2 14.71
TicketsNow.com              3  7.18     3  6.69     3  7.09
LiveNation.com              4  4.19     4  4.42     4  4.52
TicketLiquidator.com        5  3.53     5  3.35     5  3.42
TicketCity.com              6  1.96     7  1.74  6.25  1.88
CoasttoCoastTickets.com     7  1.78     6  1.84     7  1.76
Telecharge.com              8  1.66     9  1.70     8  1.70
RazorGator.com              9  1.61     8  1.73  8.75  1.66
TickCo.com                 10  1.37    11  1.30 10.75  1.31
ETix.com                   11  1.27    10  1.30 10.25  1.31
GoTickets.com              12  1.15    14  1.02  13.5  1.05
Tickets.com                13  1.13    13  1.04  13.5  1.05
TicketWeb.com              14  1.11    12  1.14 12.75  1.13
Brownpapertickets.com      15  0.87    15  0.88 15.25  0.88
EventTicketsCenter.com     16  0.83    16  0.84 16.25  0.82
Vividseats.com             17  0.82    17  0.79 17.25  0.77
TicketSpot.com             18  0.78    21  0.59 20.25  0.63
Findticketsfast.com        19  0.66    20  0.65  20.5  0.62
BuyBetterTickets.com       20  0.64    18  0.69 18.75  0.66

TOP 20 SECONDARY SELLERS

StubHub held onto the top position in the Top Secondary Sellers rankings with a power score of 27.40. The company was followed in the rankings by Tickets Now and Ticket Liquidator with power scores of 13.60 and 6.97, respectively. Ticket City moved up two spots to number four this week with a power score of 3.83.

                        WE 02-28-09 WE 02-21-09 4 Week Avg
                        ----------- ----------- -----------
                              Power       Power       Power
Seller                  Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
StubHub.com                 1 27.40     1 27.32     1 27.71
TicketsNow.com              2 13.60     2 12.28     2 13.52
TicketLiquidator.com        3  6.97     3  6.75     3  6.84
TicketCity.com              4  3.83     6  3.41  4.75  3.74
CoasttoCoastTickets.com     5  3.68     4  3.93   4.5  3.70
RazorGator.com              6  3.32     5  3.69  5.75  3.49
TickCo.com                  7  2.91     7  2.84     7  2.84
GoTickets.com               8  2.56     8  2.32  8.25  2.38
TicketSpot.com              9  1.87    14  1.43 12.25  1.51
Vividseats.com             10  1.83    10  1.82 10.25  1.74
EventTicketsCenter.com     11  1.83     9  1.87  9.75  1.80
TicketNetwork.com          12  1.45    11  1.79 12.25  1.51
Findticketsfast.com        13  1.44    13  1.47 14.75  1.35
BuyBetterTickets.com       14  1.41    12  1.59  12.5  1.46
OnlineSeats.com            15  1.26    15  1.39  14.5  1.33
TicketTango.com            16  1.23    16  1.32  16.5  1.24
TicketZoom.com             17  1.17    18  1.20  18.5  1.14
ABC Tickets.com            18  1.13    20  1.15  17.5  1.19
JumboTickets.com           19  1.06    17  1.26 19.75  1.05
CheapPricedTickets.com     20  1.04    22  1.03 20.75  1.02

TOP 10 PRIMARY SELLERS

Ticketmaster was the number primary seller this week garnering a power score of 70.68. Potential merger partner Live Nation finished second with a power score of 8.31, followed by Telecharge with a power score of 3.19.


                        WE 02-28-09 WE 02-21-09 4 Week Avg
                        ----------- ----------- -----------
                              Power       Power       Power
Seller                  Rank  Score Rank  Score Rank  Score
                        ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
Ticketmaster.com            1 70.68     1 71.07     1 70.54
LiveNation.com              2  8.31     2  8.56     2  8.83
Telecharge.com              3  3.19     3  3.21     3  3.22
ETix.com                    4  2.53     4  2.53     4  2.56
Tickets.com                 5  2.40     6  2.10  5.75  2.19
TicketWeb.com               6  2.16     5  2.17  5.25  2.16
Brownpapertickets.com       7  1.68     7  1.69     7  1.68
Groovetickets.com           8  1.03     8  1.07     8  1.09
Tix.com                     9  0.81    11  0.61   9.5  0.73
Wantickets.com             10  0.66    10  0.61    10  0.63

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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