New York Yankees tickets topped both the Top Sports Events and Top Combined Events charts for the week of June 9 – June 15, 2008, according to TicketNews’s exclusive rankings. With a power score of 3.21, the Yankees climbed four positions from last week to attain top event status.
This past week was an exciting one for the New York Yankees, as they swept the Astros in Houston to achieve a four game winning streak. Unfortunately, the success of the trip was tainted by the injury of star pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, who slipped while rounding third base on Sunday and hurt his right foot. Wang said he felt “sore” and “disappointed” after the incident, and is scheduled for an MRI today, June 16.
Other chart-topping events this week included the hit musical Wicked in second place, which climbed a position from last week and earned a power score of 3.05. The Los Angeles Lakers also climbed one position from last week to finish in third place with a 2.97 power score. The Lakers achieved the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history on Sunday night when they defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 5. As Kobe Bryant said, “The series ain’t over,” and many NBA ticket deals remain as the series moves into Game 6 and possibly Game 7 this week.
On the Top Sports Events chart, the Boston Red Sox also made news, as they climbed two positions from last week to finish in second place with a power score of 7.01. The Red Sox topped the Cincinnati Reds 9-0 in their Sunday matchup, despite playing without both Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, due to hamstring and wrist injuries, respectively. The Red Sox will next face the Phillies tonight in Philadelphia.
“Wicked” remained both the Top Theater and Top Broadway event this week, with power scores of 26.07 and 36.55, respectively. South Pacific, which cleaned up at the Tony Awards on Sunday night with seven wins, held in third place on the top theater chart while climbing a position to second place on the top Broadway chart with power scores of 11.36 and 19.47, respectively. Another big winner at the Tonys, Stephen Sondheim’s Gypsy (with three wins and four nominations), managed to squeeze its way into the Broadway list, with a power score of 1.71 good enough for tenth place.
The Pop Queen Madonna remained the Top Concert Event again this week with a power score of 4.85. Tickets for her Sticky and Sweet Tour continue to sell out as Madonna makes her way across the country. The Eagles rose a position to second place with a 4.48 power score, as their Long Road Out of Eden Tour also continues to successfully travel the nation.
In Las Vegas, the same news is good news for Bette Midler, Cher, and Elton John, who remain the top three Las Vegas Events this week, with power scores of 37.45, 24.63, and 12.94, respectively. Cirque du Soleil also made a fair showing, with LOVE in fourth place with a 6.40 power score, “O” in fifth with 3.31, and KA in ninth with a power score of 1.33.
TicketNews Exclusive Rankings and Power Scores are based on ticket sales from the TicketNetwork Exchange™, the world’s largest secondary market exchange. A Power Score illustrates a given event’s category-specific significance. Two factors are used to calculate a power score: total ticket sales from the given event and total ticket sales within the category. As such, power scores should only be used to compare events within a particular category.