It’s the end of summer and sports tickets are still selling strong. TicketNews’s top events rankings for last week are in, and sports fans...

It’s the end of summer and sports tickets are still selling strong. TicketNews’s top events rankings for last week are in, and sports fans propelled baseball and football tickets onto the Top Combined Events chart. The New York Yankees sold the most tickets of any sports franchise and had the second-best selling record last week with a 3.44 power score, behind Wicked’s 4.59. Perhaps not as popular as the Jonas Brothers (number three), So You Think You Can Dance? (four), and the Jersey Boys (five), major sports teams are still drawing in the crowds with the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Cubs, Dallas Cowboys, and Boston Red Sox close out the overall rankings.

The sports teams that took over the combined rankings also sit atop of the sports rankings. They are followed by the Brett Favre-led New York Jets and a Brett Favre-less Green Bay Packers. Consistently among top sports events, the Pittsburgh Steelers rank at number nine this week, behind the Miami Dolphins but ahead of the San Diego Chargers.

So You Think You Can Dance? outsold all other concerts, including The Eagles’ summer tour, ranked at number three after being the top selling concert three weeks ago. Concertgoers could be turning cold to Coldplay, who drop from their previously held number five spot to number ten, behind Madonna, Rascal Flatts, Neil Diamond, Dave Matthews Band, Celine Dion and Cher.

It’s business as usual in theater and on Broadway, with the familiar fan favorites holding the top positions. In the top theater rankings, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and South Pacific are the top three sellers, followed by Lion King and Phantom of the Opera. These shows are selling well on Broadway, along with Mamma Mia! (number five on the Broadway chart), The Little Mermaid (six), and Legally Blonde (eight).

Cher is Las Vegas’s top ticket seller, having sold more tickets to her Vegas show than Bette Midler did to her show, “The ShowGirl Must Go On” or Elton John sold to his, “The Red Piano”. Cirque du Soleil “O” and Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: Love are still Vegas favorites, they rank at numbers four and six, respectively. Vegas staple the Blue Man Group ranks at number seven.

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.

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Top Combined Events

Week Ending 08/10/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets4.59
2New York Yankees Tickets3.44
3Jonas Brothers Tickets3.35
4So You Think You Can Dance? Tickets3.31
5Jersey Boys Tickets2.19
6Seattle Seahawks Tickets1.92
7Chicago Cubs Tickets1.74
8Dallas Cowboys Tickets1.54
9Boston Red Sox Tickets1.47
10The Eagles Tickets1.46

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 08/10/2008

     EventScore
1So You Think You Can Dance? Tickets9.13
2Jonas Brothers Tickets8.12
3The Eagles Tickets4.11
4Madonna Tickets3.71
5Rascal Flatts Tickets2.08
6Neil Diamond Tickets2.08
7Dave Matthews Band Tickets1.88
8Celine Dion Tickets1.81
9Cher Tickets1.80
10Coldplay Tickets1.79

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 08/10/2008

     EventScore
1New York Yankees Tickets7.18
2Seattle Seahawks Tickets4.00
3Dallas Cowboys Tickets3.22
4Chicago Cubs Tickets3.17
5Boston Red Sox Tickets3.07
6New York Jets Tickets2.81
7Green Bay Packers Tickets1.88
8Miami Dolphins Tickets1.86
9Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets1.82
10San Diego Chargers Tickets1.58
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 08/10/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets36.17
2Jersey Boys Tickets17.33
3South Pacific Tickets10.73
4Lion King Tickets6.78
5Phantom of the Opera Tickets3.60
6Mamma Mia! Tickets3.19
7Little Mermaid Tickets1.60
8Les Miserables Tickets1.46
9Monty Python’s Spamalot Tickets1.37
10Legally Blonde Tickets1.15

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 08/10/2008

     EventScore
1Wicked Tickets31.89
2South Pacific Tickets19.27
3Jersey Boys Tickets17.87
4Lion King Tickets6.45
5Mamma Mia! Tickets4.11
6Little Mermaid Tickets2.87
7Phantom of the Opera Tickets2.26
8Legally Blonde Tickets1.95
9Young Frankenstein Tickets1.31
10Monty Python’s Spamalot Tickets1.30

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 08/10/2008

     EventScore
1Cher Tickets45.95
2Bette Midler: The ShowGirl Must Go On Tickets19.51
3Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets5.33
4Cirque du Soleil “O” Tickets5.14
5Jersey Boys Tickets4.27
6Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets3.93
7Blue Man Group Tickets2.56
8Le Rêve Tickets2.15
9Cirque du Soleil: Zumanity Tickets1.54
10Barry Manilow Tickets1.48