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

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 4.59
2 New York Yankees Tickets 3.44
3 Jonas Brothers Tickets 3.35
4 So You Think You Can Dance? Tickets 3.31
5 Jersey Boys Tickets 2.19
6 Seattle Seahawks Tickets 1.92
7 Chicago Cubs Tickets 1.74
8 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 1.54
9 Boston Red Sox Tickets 1.47
10 The Eagles Tickets 1.46

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 08/10/2008

      Event Score
1 So You Think You Can Dance? Tickets 9.13
2 Jonas Brothers Tickets 8.12
3 The Eagles Tickets 4.11
4 Madonna Tickets 3.71
5 Rascal Flatts Tickets 2.08
6 Neil Diamond Tickets 2.08
7 Dave Matthews Band Tickets 1.88
8 Celine Dion Tickets 1.81
9 Cher Tickets 1.80
10 Coldplay Tickets 1.79

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 08/10/2008

      Event Score
1 New York Yankees Tickets 7.18
2 Seattle Seahawks Tickets 4.00
3 Dallas Cowboys Tickets 3.22
4 Chicago Cubs Tickets 3.17
5 Boston Red Sox Tickets 3.07
6 New York Jets Tickets 2.81
7 Green Bay Packers Tickets 1.88
8 Miami Dolphins Tickets 1.86
9 Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets 1.82
10 San Diego Chargers Tickets 1.58
     

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 08/10/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 36.17
2 Jersey Boys Tickets 17.33
3 South Pacific Tickets 10.73
4 Lion King Tickets 6.78
5 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 3.60
6 Mamma Mia! Tickets 3.19
7 Little Mermaid Tickets 1.60
8 Les Miserables Tickets 1.46
9 Monty Python’s Spamalot Tickets 1.37
10 Legally Blonde Tickets 1.15

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 08/10/2008

      Event Score
1 Wicked Tickets 31.89
2 South Pacific Tickets 19.27
3 Jersey Boys Tickets 17.87
4 Lion King Tickets 6.45
5 Mamma Mia! Tickets 4.11
6 Little Mermaid Tickets 2.87
7 Phantom of the Opera Tickets 2.26
8 Legally Blonde Tickets 1.95
9 Young Frankenstein Tickets 1.31
10 Monty Python’s Spamalot Tickets 1.30

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 08/10/2008

      Event Score
1 Cher Tickets 45.95
2 Bette Midler: The ShowGirl Must Go On Tickets 19.51
3 Elton John: The Red Piano Tickets 5.33
4 Cirque du Soleil “O” Tickets 5.14
5 Jersey Boys Tickets 4.27
6 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE Tickets 3.93
7 Blue Man Group Tickets 2.56
8 Le Rêve Tickets 2.15
9 Cirque du Soleil: Zumanity Tickets 1.54
10 Barry Manilow Tickets 1.48

By Petrina Crockford