Breaking Down the NFC West

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There was a time that the NFC West was perhaps the weakest division in the National Football League. In 2010, the Seattle Seahawks clinched the division with a 7-9 record, becoming the first team to qualify for the playoffs despite a losing record. Several years later, the NFC West is perhaps the strongest division in the National Football League, at least according to secondary ticket data. Below, we will look at two powerhouse teams that sport some of the most expensive secondary ticket prices in the league.

The Seahawks tickets lead the league with an average secondary price of $406.03. The most expensive game in Seattle this season will come in Week 1 when the Packers come to town. The September 4 showdown features a high-powered offense in Green Bay against a star-studded defense in Seattle. Last season, the Packers, led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, scored the third-most points in league. The Seahawks, led by cornerback Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom, surrendered the fewest points in the league. The average price on the secondary market ahead of the clash is $537.39, representing the fourth-most expensive regular season football game of the season.

The San Francisco 49ers sport the third-highest average secondary ticket price in the league at $382.85. The most expensive game in San Francisco this season will come in Week 13 against, you guessed it, the Seahawks. The November matchup is a repeat of the NFC Championship game last season, in which Seattle defeated San Francisco 23-17 to advance to the Super Bowl. Like the Seahawks, the 49ers have a stifling defense, which last season surrendered the third-fewest points in the league, indicating that points should be hard to come by. The average price on the secondary price for 49ers tickets ahead of the late-season battle is $544.84, good for the third-most expensive regular season football game of the season.

It is only August, but it certainly appears that one of these powerhouse teams is poised to head to Super Bowl XLIX, which will be held on February 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium where fellow NFC West foe Arizona call home see Cardinals tickets go for $142 on average. If either the Seahawks or 49ers earn the right to represent the NFC fans will likely see Super Bowl tickets likely increase from last years average of $3,375 due to them being so close to the venue and therefore more inclined to make the voyage.

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Top Alabama Crimson Tide Games of 2014

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Entering the final game of the regular season, the Crimson Tide sat atop the SEC with a 9-0 record and claim to the title of number-one ranked football team in the country. Then, the tide began to turn for the worse. A final-play heartbreaker at the hands of Auburn followed by an embarrassing double-digit loss to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl have Alabama fans not exactly sure what to expect this season from a team littered with high-profile talent.

The Crimson Tide lost quarterback A.J. McCarron, tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, linebacker C.J. Mosley, and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, among others, yet return running back T.J. Yeldon, receiver Christion Jones, and linebacker Trey DePriest. Alabama enters the preseason polls ranked second behind Florida State, and if the stars align, the national championship could return to Tuscaloosa for the third time in four years. Below is a breakdown of the three most-expensive Alabama football tickets on the Crimson Tide schedule this season.

 

9/20 Florida Gators at Alabama Crimson Tide: Average Price: $254.15 | Get-in Price: $144

The second-most expensive game this season features the Gators, who went 4-8 last season and failed to qualify for a bowl game for the first time in twenty-two years. Florida went 3-5 in conference play, despite losing to all four of the ranked opponents it faced.

 

10/18 Texas A&M Aggies at Alabama Crimson Tide: Average Price: $223.46 | Get-in Price: $110

Johnny Football has left for the NFL, but the October showdown with Texas A&M still represents the third-most expensive game on the Alabama schedule. The Aggies went 9-4 last season, posting quality wins against Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt before clinching a 52-48 victory over Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

 

11/29 Auburn Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide: Average Price: $420.75 | Get-in Price: $248

It should come as no surprise that the most expensive game in Tuscaloosa this season will feature in-state rival Auburn. At an average price of over $420 this game is pricier than most NFL Tickets you will see this year. The Tigers went 12-2 last season after defeating ranked opponents Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri before falling to Florida State in the BCS national championship.

 

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Top 10 Last Minute Ticket Deals This Weekend – 8/22-8/24

Another weekend, another batch of must-attend summer events—save up to 70% on last minute tickets this weekend with the Razorgator mobile app today! Plus, our instant e-ticket delivery is free, so why wait? See your favorite artist, team or show as soon as tonight!  Check out the Top 10 Last Minute Deals this weekend, only available through our app.

Event Avg
Price Drop
App
Get In Price
Milwaukee Brewers vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Miller Park Milwaukee, WI
Friday, August 22, 2014 7:10 PM
-70%  $20
New York Yankees vs Chicago White Sox
Yankee Stadium Bronx, NY
Saturday, August 23, 2014 1:05 PM
-57%  $46
Motley Crue
Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
Saturday, August 23, 2014 7:00 PM
-46% $36
Tom Petty with Steve Winwood
DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
Sunday, August 24, 2014 7:30 PM
-41%  $46
Jack White
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco, CA
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 PM
-22%  $33
MTV Video Music Awards
The Forum Inglewood, CA
Sunday, August 24, 2014 6:00 PM
-18%  $125
San Francisco 49ers vs San Diego Chargers
Levis Stadium Santa Clara, CA
Sunday, August 24, 2014 1:00 PM
-16%  $34
Dave Chappelle
Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO
Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:00 PM
-14%  $63
Eminem and Rihanna
Comerica Park Detroit, MI
Saturday, August 23, 2014 7:30 PM
-12%  $112
One Direction
NRG Stadium Houston, TX
Friday, August 22, 2014 7:00 PM
-8%  $50
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Top 10 Last Minute Ticket Deals This Weekend – 8/15-8/17

Another weekend, another batch of must-attend summer events—save up to 50% on last minute tickets this weekend with the Razorgator mobile app today! Plus, our instant e-ticket delivery is free, so why wait? See your favorite artist, team or show as soon as tonight!  Check out the Top 10 Last Minute Deals this weekend, only available through our app.

Event Avg
Price Drop
App
Get In Price
Texas Rangers vs Los Angeles Angels
Globe Life Park Arlington, TX
Friday, August 15, 2014 7:05 PM
-51% $3
St. Louis Cardinals vs San Diego Padres
Busch Stadium St. Louis, MO
Sunday, August 17, 2014 1:15 PM
-38% $7
San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies
AT&T Park San Francisco, CA
Saturday, August 16, 2014 1:05 PM
-34% $71
Dallas Cowboys vs Baltimore Ravens
AT&T Stadium Arlington, TX
Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:00 PM
-25% $4
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Milwaukee Brewers
Dodger Stadium Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:10 PM
-23% $5
Katy Perry
Scottrade Center St. Louis, MO
Sunday, August 17, 2014 7:00 PM
-21% $68
Seattle Seahawks vs San Diego Chargers
CenturyLink Field Seattle, WA
Friday, August 15, 2014 7:00 PM
-16% $51
San Francisco 49ers vs Denver Broncos
Levis Stadium Santa Clara, CA
Sunday, August 17, 2014 1:00 PM
-13% $90
Rascal Flatts
Sleep Train Amphitheatre-Chula Vista Chula Vista, CA
Sunday, August 17, 2014 7:30 PM
-10% $29
Eminem and Rihanna
MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ
Sunday, August 17, 2014 7:30 PM
-5% $97
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Win Two Tickets to See Disney on Ice Frozen!

Disney-Frozen-On-Ice-GiveawayDisney’s hit movie Frozen will be skating into a town near you, and we’d love to help you get there! Odds are, you’ve heard your kids belting out the lyrics to “Let it Go,” or maybe even caught yourself humming to the tune of “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” Children and adults alike can’t get enough of the magic, and now you and your family can get whisked away to the winter wonderland of Arendelle with our Disney on Ice Frozen Giveaway!

Since they were little girls, Princess Anna and her older sister Elsa were best friends, but an icy secret has kept them apart. When Elsa’s beautiful and dangerous powers blanket the Kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter, it’s up to Anna and her friends: the grumpy mountaineer Kristoff, loyal reindeer Sven and loveable snowman Olaf, to bring back summer. Anna and Elsa teach us that the real magic is found in the love of sisterhood, so in honor of National Sisters Day, we’ll be giving away two tickets to see Disney on Ice Presents Frozen!

We all know you don’t have to be sisters from the same mister to share the love the princesses of Arendelle share, so sorority sisters, BFFLs and bosom buddies of all kinds are encouraged to join! Moms, just make sure to enter the contest for your little ones, as only those 18 years or older may enter to win.

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Boston Red Sox Tickets Going For Well Below Average This Week

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The defending World Series Champions Boston Red Sox are off to a dismal start with a 38-44 record through 82 games.  However, they are somehow just six games back in the AL East as currently every team in the division is struggling to consistently win baseball games.  Still, the Red Sox have yet to play their best baseball and recently called up 21-year-old Mookie Betts from Triple-A Pawtucket to help turn things around.  Boston in the week ahead have two series coming up with Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles where Red Sox tickets for both series will be below Boston’s home average at Fenway Park.

CHC at BOS – Avg Prices: $120.56, $81.94, $82.60

The Red Sox kick off their series tonight at Fenway Park with the Chicago Cubs.  Red Sox tickets currently have an average price of $120.56 for the series opener with the Cubs, which is well below the Red Sox’s season home average of $140.68 with a get in price of $21 as tickets are currently up 1% over the past week.

Game 2 of this series is on July 1, when Red Sox tickets have an average price of $72.97 on the secondary market, which is 48.5% below their home average and get-in price of a very affordable $15. The finale of this series is on July 2 at Fenway Park.  Red Sox tickets on the secondary market have an average price of $81.94 and a get-in price of $21. Overall, Red Sox tickets vs the Cubs have a series average of $82.60, which is 42% lower than the season home average.

BAL at BOS – Avg. Prices: $117.73, $130.73, $152.98

After wrapping up their series with the Cubs, Boston will then welcome the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park for a three game series.  The overall series average for Red Sox tickets vs the Orioles is $132.91, which is 5.5% lower than the home average.

The series opener is July 4 and Red Sox tickets have an average price of $117.73 and get in price of $28 as tickets are currently down 3%.  Tickets prices for this game are steep but still 16.4% below Boston’s home average Game 2 of this series on July 5, prices for Red Sox tickets will increase slightly with an average price of $130.73 and get in price of $36, still 7.1% lower than home average.

The Finale on July 6, is the most expensive game of the series with Red Sox tickets currently having an average price of $152.98 (8.5% over their home average) with a get in price of $40 as tickets are down 2%.

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Browns Tickets Up By Over 75% From 2013

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The 2014 NFL season is just a little over two months away and teams have already been preparing with OTA’s before the always grueling training camp begins in July.  The Cleveland Browns have had an interesting off season, which is much needed considering the franchise has seen limited success compiling a 77-163 record since 1991, with a dismal two winning seasons and only one playoff berth during that span.

Still, Browns tickets this year are pacing to be much more expensive on the secondary market at FirstEnergy Stadium (formerly Cleveland Browns Stadium) with a home average of $147.53.  That is a 76.8% increase compared to the Browns 2013 home average of $83.14 wherein the Browns most expensive home game was their October 13th matchup with the Detroit Lions which saw the secondary market average ticket prices of $148.75; an almost identical figure to their current 2014 home average ticket prices.

One of the few reasons for this significant increase in ticket prices is due to the franchise drafting the very popular quarterback Johnny Manziel as the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.  In the 12 hours after Manziel was drafted by Cleveland the franchise sold 1,500 new season ticket packages alone as a result of his popularity.  The Browns were very fortunate to get the former Texas A&M Aggies star considering the hype surrounding “Johnny Football” and the projections that he could be the first overall pick.  But multiple teams passed on Manziel and Cleveland were able to snatch him as part of their very good draft which hopefully has the potential to change the direction of the dismal franchise.

The Cleveland Browns first home game of the 2014 season is on September 14th when they will welcome the New Orleans Saints.  Browns tickets for their home opener currently have an average price of $163.57, which is 10.8% over their home average but still not the Browns most expensive game this season.  The most expensive Browns game is on October 12 when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers with an average price of $166.25 in the secondary market.

On November 16th, the Browns have a most interesting matchup with the Houston Texans, Manziel’s hometown team who were also the first one to pass on him in the draft.  It’s very possible that “Johnny Football” could be starting this game as Manziel has expressed to the media that he fully expects to win the Browns starting QB job.  It’s going to be an interesting year for the Cleveland Browns win or lose.

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Detroit Tigers Top Series After All-Star Break

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The Detroit Tigers entered the season as a favorite to win their division and represent the American League in the World Series. Last season they came up just short, falling to the eventual World Series Champion Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, but the Tigers kept that team largely intact and most notably swapped first baseman Prince Fielder for Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler in the off-season. So far they’ve compiled a 41-32 record that places them in first in the AL Central. As a result Tigers tickets are averaging $98.50 for the season, but Detroit has only three series in the after the All-Star break that average over $100.

1) Cleveland Indians - September 12th to 14th 

Game 1: Avg: $135.50 | Get-in: $12       Game 2: Avg: $130. 96 | Get-in: $13      Game 3: Avg: $193.94 | Get-in: $11

In the middle of September the Tigers face their division rival, the Cleveland Indians for the most expensive series remaining on the Tigers schedule. The series as a whole is averaging $153.69, which is 56 percent above the season average. The series offers some notable promotions, with Star Wars day scheduled for Saturday’s game, and a lunch sandwich case given to fans for Sunday’s game. Sunday’s game also is the most expensive of the series at $193.94 on average, but has the cheapest get-in price at $11.

2) New York Yankees - August 26th to 28th

Game 1: Avg: $137.63 | Get-in: $18       Game 2: Avg: $122.06 | Get-in: $20      Game 3: Avg: $146.94 | Get-in: $22

It’s certainly not shocking to find the New York Yankees on this list. Not only are Yankees tickets the most expensive in the league, but they also regularly draw top prices and large attendance figures when on the road. This series is averaging $135.13 for a 37 percent increase over the season average. The Yankees are currently 3.5 games out of first in the AL East after missing the postseason last year. The Tigers swept the Yankees in the ALCS the last time the Yankees made the postseason. The final game of the series has a poster giveaway for Tigers fans and is the most expensive game of the series with a $146.94 average price and a $22 get-in.

3) Colorado Rockies – August 1st to 3rd 

Game 1: Avg: $105.26 | Get-in: $14         Game 2: Avg: $107.59 | Get-in: $20        Game 3: Avg: $108.30 | Get-in: $17

The final series on the list is a bit of a surprise. It is an interleague series with the Colorado Rockies for the first weekend series in August. The series is averaging $107.08 for a nine percent increase from the season average. The Rockies haven’t exactly been a stellar team this season, as they are ten games back in the NL West with a 35-42 record. They have a run differential that’s only as high as -10 because of their impressive 387 runs scored – which ranks just behind the Oakland A’s 390 for best in the league – that they mostly acquired during a scorching hot streak to start the season. They’re also only 15-24 on the road. There will be a few giveaways for fans attending the games, however. For the second game of the series fans will receive a Pudge Rodriguez figurine, and the final game has a PAWS figurine giveaway.

The Tigers should have an exciting pennant race on their hands in the second half of the season. They have some exciting series coming up and plenty of promotional giveaways to keep fans coming to the park despite a ticket average that is among the pricest in the league.

 

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Ernie Banks Statue Is Top Chicago Cubs Game Of Season

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The Chicago Cubs have had a longstanding tradition of being the loveable losers in baseball which only became even more obvious after the Boston Red Sox ended the “Curse of the Bambino” with a World Series Championship in 2004 after 86 years of trying unsuccessfully. This years Cubs team may not be as fortunate as that Red Sox team was to finally break through as they sit at 11 games below .500, yet even though they sit in last place Cubs tickets have only fallen by 10% since opening day and still rank among the priciest in baseball with a home average $89 for their remaining games.

However there is hope on the horizon for the Cubbies as they have one of the best farm systems in baseball grading no less than fourth in most experts farm systems rankings. The next month will be very crucial in determining whether or not to bring up some of these young players and prepare for the future. Here we breakdown the Top 5 Chicago Cubs games over the course of that time:

 

1) 7/26 vs St. Louis Cardinals Avg $144.27 / Get-in $52 / Ernie Banks Statue Celebration

Its only fitting that the biggest game of the year for the Chicago Cubs comes on the day when they honor “Mr. Cub” himself, Ernie Banks. The Cubs will pay tribute to the man who has given the organization everything he could by unveiling a statue of his likeness at historic Wrigley Field. With this game being so important from a historical context it has seen Cubs tickets skyrocket by 62% over their home average to go for $144.

2) 7/25 vs St. Louis Cardinals Avg $135.68 / Get-in $38 / Jack Brickhouse Bobblehead

Coming in the same series as their top game of the season the Cubs second priciest game of the season at Wrigley Field is going for over 50% higher than normal. Also this game against the rival St. Louis Cardinals will have the added bonus of giving out a bobblehead of Baseball Hall of Fame and radio announcer Jack Brickhouse with tickets in the neighborhood of $135 on average.

3) 7/12 vs Atlanta Braves Avg $125.82 / Get-in $26

This is the only game to make the Top 5 Chicago Cubs games after that doesn’t feature a giveaway or promotion. This game is the Cubs second to last before the All-Star Break and could potentially be the final time Jeff Samardzija takes the mound for the Cubs as there has been a ton of speculation that he will be moved before the trade deadline as Braves vs Cubs tickets will average just under $126.

4) 7/27 vs St. Louis Cardinals Avg $116.03 / Get-in $26 / Magic Baseball Giveaway

The finale of a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals is the fourth most expensive Cubs game of 2014 going for $37 above average at $116 for Cubs tickets. Fans looking to attend this game will be able to Get-in $26 and will be eligible to receive a Cubs magic baseball, akin to that of a magic 8-ball.

5) 7/11 vs Atlanta Braves Avg $ $113.41 / Get-in $20 / Gale Sayers Bobblehead

Rounding out the top five Cubs games after the break is this July 11th game against the Atlanta Braves. This game will have the added bonus of featuring the bobblehead of Chicago Bears legendary running back Gale Sayers which has seen tickets jump to $113 with a Get-in of $20

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Twins Tickets Among Cheapest In American League

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The Minnesota Twins are at 36-38 after sweeping a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. In the underachieving AL Central that puts the Twins just five games back of the division lead. That doesn’t mean fans are chomping at the bit to see the Twins play at Target Field. Right now Twins tickets are one of the cheapest in the league with an average price of $62.14. Three of the five most expensive games left on the Twins schedule have more to do with the opponent (the New York Yankees) than anything in particular with the Twins with even their most expensive game is coming in at an average price of less than $80, the average ticket price in the MLB this season.

 

1) 7/5 vs. Yankees | Avg. Price: $75.07 | Get-in Price: $19

The most expensive game on the list is also Tom Brunansky bobblehead day, with the Twins giving fans a bobblehead of the right fielder celebrating his 1985 All Star game appearance. Even with the giveaway, tickets have been trending down six percent. The get-in price of $19 is the second highest price on the list, and the average price is $75.07.

2) 7/4 vs. Yankees | Avg. Price: $75.01 | Get-in Price: $20

The second game on the list is just a few cents cheaper than the first, and has seen the same six percent drop in price recently. The average price is at $75.01 for the July Fourth game, and there will be another bobblehead giveaway. This time it is Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, for a 75th  anniversary of his farewell speech. The get-in price is the most expensive on the list at $20.

3) 7/6 vs. Yankees | Avg. Price: $74.25 | Get-in Price: $18

The final game of the Yankees series is also the third game on the list. Even on the road the Yankees remain one of the biggest draws in sports. This season has been a bit of a down year for the Yankees as they are currently in third in the AL East with a run differential of -35. It’s been a while since the Yankees have missed the postseason in back-to-back years, and even after an offseason spending spree the Yankees are in danger of seeing that trend end. Still, they are just 2.5 games out of first with a 39-36 record.

4) 9/19 vs. Indians | Avg. Price: $71.50 | Get-in Price: $5

One of the final weekends of the season marks Fan Appreciation Day at Target Field. There will be a special giveaway, and experiences for fans attending the game. While the average price of $71.50 is one of the most expensive left for the Twins, the get-in price is just $5. The Twins will face NL Central rival the Cleveland Indians, who is currently tied with the Twins for third in the division.

5) 8/23 vs. Tigers | Avg. Price: $69.40 | Get-in Price: $16

Chuck Knoblauch will be added to the Twins Hall of Fame during the final game on this list. Tickets are averaging $69.40 to see the All-Star second baseman get inducted. Knoblauch spent the first seven years of his career with the Twins, winning the World Series in his rookie season. He went on to win three more titles with the New York Yankees. The Twins face the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers that day, and the game has a get-in price of $16.

Bonus: 7/15 All Star Game at Target Field | Avg. Price: $866.06 | Get-in Price: $232

Even if the Twins don’t make a playoff push this season, Minnesota fans will have a chance to attend a special event at Target Field. This year the All Star game is in Minnesota, the first time the Twins have hosted the event since they moved to Target Field. It’s also marks the first time the All Star game is in Minnesota since 1985 when the National League won 6-1. Tickets are averaging $866.06 for the game with a get-in price of $232.

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