Last year, New York City’s greatest crosstown rivalry gained some new momentum, with the opening of Barclay’s Center in the borough of Brooklyn. Forget the Giants-Jets, Islanders-Rangers, and Mets-Yankees enmity—the true battle lies in music, more specifically, music venues. Nothing is more exciting than the newly emerged rivalry between the iconic Madison Square Garden and the new Barclays Center for best venue in New York City. To add some more fuel to the culture feud, Brooklyn native and hype-extraordinaire, Jay-Z, spearheaded the opening of the venue in September last year, with eight consecutive sold-out concerts. The opening of Barclay’s Center officially marks the first major league team in recent history to call Brooklyn home, and as such, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets competition was reborn. But with the new arena, the Manhattan-Brooklyn tension delves deeper than sports, into music, as the boroughs will now rival visiting artists.
We worked out the logistics and found that tickets at the Garden are just $5 more on average than Barclays. Out of the 21 shows we have lined up at MSG, the average price is $286, and out of the 19 shows we have lined up at BC, the average price $281. This leaves Brooklynites and Manhattanites at a stalemate. As of now, opposed to monetary value, crossing the river is purely a matter of taste in choosing a venue. To stay tried and true? Or out with the old and in with the new?
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With a combined 110 million albums sold, Journey and Steve Miller Band will tour together next year. The early tour date announcement gives fans a chance to plan ahead for what is “sure to be an in-demand ticket for summer 2014” according to Pollstar. The San Francisco bands start their journey across the U.S. May 15 in Chula Vista and end August 1 in Las Vegas. The groups will hit close to 40 cities including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, and Detroit during that time period with supporting act Tower of Power. The trio will be touring together for the first time ever.
“It’s going to be a San Francisco musical delight from the past and present, moving full speed ahead into the future!”
There are so many classics for fans to rock out to during the band’s sets; and while we don’t know which hits will end up on the set-list, fans hope Journey’s greatest “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Faithfully”, “Open Arms”, and “Any Way You Want It” are on it. Journey’s current line-up, including founding members guitarist Neal Schon and bassist Ross Valory as well as longtime member keyboard player Jonathan Cain, recently toured four continents, selling more than half a million tickets in 2013. The band’s 2011 World Tour may have been their most successful tour ever; they earned the “Legend of Live Award” at the Billboard Touring Awards that year “to honor the band’s contributions to live music and the touring business and to acknowledge their commitment to fans and the art of performing live.”
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Three days before one of the most anticipated NFL games this season between the 9-0 Chiefs and 8-1 Broncos, we take a look at the top matchups for the remainder of the year based on the average ask price of tickets listed on the secondary market.
#5: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers (12/29)
In Week 9, we saw the Bears face the Packers in Green Bay in the battle of backup quarterbacks following an early first quarter exit for Aaron Rodgers (collarbone). The Bears put together a great team effort with backup QB Josh McCown, in for Jay Cutler (groin), connecting with his receivers for two TD passes including one for 11-yards to Brandon Marshall. Matt Forte had a TD of his own and ran for 125 yards on the night. Alshon Jeffrey had five catches and one TD. The cohesive 27-20 win by the Bears, ended a six game losing streak versus their NFC North rivals. The outcome of that MNF game is no indicator of what is to come in late-December when the two teams meet for the second time, in Chicago. Both Cutler (now ankle) and Rodgers are expected to return by then, and the teams will face-off true to form with a potential playoff berth at stake.
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I often get the question: Does a team’s performance on the court (field) affect ticket prices? Often times it does, and here is an example. The Indiana Pacers are off to an 8-0 start, the Utah Jazz 0-8. Both teams have seen a 17% change in ticket price since the beginning of the season for games played on or after November 13 (today); but, that change in price is a plus for the undefeated Pacers and a minus for the winless Jazz.
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Country music’s biggest night took center stage last week, hosted by two of the genres most popular stars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. In the duo’s sixth year as hosts, their chemistry was unmatched, their jokes about Obamacare and Miley Cyrus’ twerking were relatable, and their skit “Why Can’t We Be Friends” to open the night about feuds in the industry, had millions glued to their television screens watching the CMA’s. Plus, we got to see the two spoof “Blurred Lines” with Nashville’s version “Duck Lines” featuring the cast of Duck Dynasty. Think they know their demographic?
Beyond the impeccable hosting gig, the Country Music Awards were full of memorable performances including Taylor Swift’s “Red”, Tim McGraw’s “Southern Girl”, Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer” which was dedicated to his late sister and brother, and Lee Brice’s Song of the Year “I Drive Your Truck” inspired by a fallen soldier’s father who still drives his son’s truck. While the stereotype is that Country music is all about tractors, pick-up trucks, beer, and bad relationships, it was great to see some depth and complexity, especially in the latter two songs. Despite the subject of the song, these two singles were moving and could pull at the heartstrings of even Country’s biggest haters.
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A tradition since 1920, the NFL Thanksgiving games have become integral in America’s celebration of thanks, as families crowd around the TV to watch their favorite teams duke it out while enjoying a hearty holiday meal. The Thursday ritual usually pits Detroit and Dallas against a team from each of their conferences, while the third slot is indiscriminately open annually. This year’s holiday event kicks off with Green Bay at Detroit, the mid-day match features Oakland at Dallas, and caps off with Pittsburgh at Baltimore. All of the teams this year have games the prior Sunday and will be on a short week, playing twice in five days—with little time to rest, they will have to dish out their best to win on Turkey Day.
Eat your heart out in a big comfy jersey and spread cheer (the rah-rah-rah! kind) as you root for your team this Thanksgiving!
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Heading into week 11 last season, there were six college football teams in the top 25 who were undefeated: Alabama, Kansas State, Oregon, Notre Dame, Louisville, and Ohio State (whose rankings were only accounted for in the AP Poll as they were ineligible for both the Coaches Poll and BCS standings due to NCAA sanctions). The door was shut in Week 11 on Alabama and Louisville’s undefeated seasons when they both picked up their first losses on the season to Texas A&M and Syracuse respectively. By the end of the regular season, just Notre Dame and Ohio State were unassailable.
Exactly one year later, football powerhouses Alabama, Oregon, and Ohio State are undefeated once again, proving their dominance in NCAA. The trio is accompanied by Florida State, Baylor, Fresno State, and Northern Illinois. In all, five teams in the BCS top 10 remain undefeated. Like last year, no two undefeated teams at this point in the season hail from the same conference. Of the five undefeated teams that will play in Week 11 (Ohio State and N. Illinois are on byes), we’ll see two matchups of top ten BCS teams Thursday night (#5 Stanford vs. #3 Oregon and #6 Baylor vs. #10 Oklahoma) in addition to a top 15 matchup #1 Alabama vs. #13 LSU, Saturday. Keep in mind, the Cardinal handed the Ducks their only loss last season and are looking to do the same at home Thursday. Will we see any of our unbeaten teams go down in Week 11?
Maybe the better question: will we see any of the seven undefeated FBS teams finish the season unbeaten? According to Prediction Machine, there is a .17% chance that we’ll see seven unbeaten teams (after conference title games) by regular season’s end. Kyle Rowland pointed out that in the 16-year history of BCS, only six times has the national championship game featured two undefeated teams. Heading into Week 7 there were 17 undefeated College Football programs, 14 in Week 8, 10 in Week 9, and 8 in Week 10.
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Miley Cyrus has extended her dominion over the music world, with the recent announcement of a Bangerz 2014 Tour in support of her latest record. From the provocative MTV Video Music Awards performance with Robin Thicke, to the hilarious skits on Saturday Night Live, and swinging nude on a wrecking ball, it’s safe to say that 2013 has been Miley Cyrus’ year. Smilers (as her fans are aptly named) across the nation now have another reason to rejoice—following the recent release of the Bangerz 2014 tour dates, Miley will be workin’ and twerkin’ at a venue near you!
The former Disney tween-turned-provocateur is no stranger to the stage, but Bangerz 2014 will be Cyrus’ first major roadshow since her 2008 tour as Disney alter ego and teen idol, “Hannah Montana.” The parent-friendly tickets sold so well, they were nearly impossible to get. This time around, not only will her fans be older, but the starlet herself has matured beyond her years, and it will be interesting to see if ticket demand will be as high as her Disney zenith days. If price is any indicator of ticket demand, Miley Cyrus’ concert will be the biggest of the year. Bangerz tickets are averaging $396, $209 more than Britney Spears tickets, $116 more than Selena Gomez tickets, $101 more than Justin Timberlake tickets, and $32 more than Demi Lovato tickets (all former Disney Channel stars). Judging by the amount of hype and controversy surrounding the artist, Cyrus’ tickets will be hotter than ever.
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If you don’t have NFR National Finals Rodeo tickets, jump on it. Ticket prices for the sold-out event are 29% more than 2012 NFR tickets on the resale market as Texan Trevor Brazile competes for his eleventh World All-Around Rodeo Champion Cowboy title. Now, if you feel like gambling in Las Vegas, you can consider buying an individual mad dash ticket to any or all of the 10 NFR rodeos. Essentially, you have to take the reins, find a Balcony seat not occupied, and pray that you don’t get bucked off by a reserved ticket holder. Because if a person who bought a ticket to that seat shows up, you have to repeat the process and find a different empty seat. No wrangling! You get to try your luck for 30 minutes after the start of the Rodeo and if no one claims the seat, it’s all yours. But, if you don’t get the roll you were hoping for among the untamed beasts of the Wild West, you’ll be watching the event standing, in the concourse.
Now that the first rodeo is over, let’s talk about all you can do in Vegas while you’re in Sin City for NFR. Did you know Willie Nelson will play two shows between December 5 and 14? The cultural icon helped keep the cowboy tradition alive in country music with songs like “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”. Other country stars will perform outside the National Finals Rodeo arena nearby that week including: Shania Twain (Caesars Palace-Las Vegas), Merle Haggard (Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino-LV), and Dierks Bentley (The Palms Resort and Casino). Plus, the fourth annual American Country Awards are taking place December 10 at Mandalay Bay Hotel Events Center, co-hosted by multi-platinum recording artist Trace Adkins and NASCAR superstar Danica Patrick.
And although it isn’t a top 20 event, country music fans cannot miss the Country Superstars Tribute at Planet Hollywood V Theater where nightly (dark Sundays), you can experience four tributes to some of the biggest names in country music history, such as Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, and more!
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Before January, when we’ll see College Basketball programs across the country duke it out for their Conference title, we’ll get to see some of the best matchups in non-conference play. Which “Power Six Conference” will emerge as the best in College hoops? Which freshmen will show that they’re ready for the national stage? Are there any early season Cinderellas that can knock off a traditional powerhouse? We’re about to get answers to all these questions as the NCAA Basketball season commences with challenging non-conference matchups and early season tournaments that will test many of the AP Top 25 preseason favorites.
Based on the average price of College Basketball tickets on the resale market, we’ve put together a list of the top non-conference hoops games including likely tournament finals matchups.
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