Fierce Rivalries in Sports: 2014 Sports Rivalry Tickets

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com•pe•ti•tion: the act or process of trying to get or win something (such as a prize or a higher level of success) that someone else is also trying to get or win

ri•val•ry: a state or situation in which people or groups are competing with each other

fierce: having or showing a lot of strong emotion: very strong or intense

The spirit of competition, the desire to win, the goal to be better than your neighbor, friend or foe – these are some of the reasons we play sports and why we support our favorite teams. Now when you add the word “rivalry” the competition factor ramps up a notch; add the adjective “fierce” and it’s a whole new level. There are competitions and rivalries in all sports but only in a few can you elevate them to Fierce Rivalries.

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MLB in Bloom: Spring Training Preview

So long polar vortex, hello springtime! As temperatures in Arizona and Florida climb, pitchers, catchers and position players are reporting down south, and with each passing day, clubhouses for all 30 MLB teams are steadily filling up for Spring Training. For all the young bucks recently signed and trying to make their mark in the majors, spring is when they prove themselves. For many veterans, it’s time to test the waters with a new team.

For baseball fans, Spring Training is the best opportunity you have to witness MLB’s talent up close and personal. The ballparks are small enough so that you don’t have to squint to see a pop fly soaring through the air, you can hear every crack of the baseball bat and actually see remnants of dust rising from where cleats slid into base. Not to mention, it’s the greatest chance you’ll get all season of getting  that baseball sitting on the counter, or the jersey off your back, signed by your favorite pro, as players are far more willing to autograph during these practices than the actual season. If that’s not enough for you, a seat at a warm Spring Training facility is just $52 on average, far cheaper than regular season tickets. Curious to know where the World Series Champs stand? Want to know which small market franchise made big waves this winter? Need to know where your team is playing this spring, and for how much? Read on after the jump!

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Valentine’s Day Tickets: Top 10 Events

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The most popular tickets bought for Valentine’s Day in 2014, is that for a Country music artist. Three artists – George Strait, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw/Faith Hill – from the genre made our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Events based on the number of tickets sold and the average price paid. But, it was not a Country artist who took the top spot!

So, what is the top ticket this Valentine’s Day? It’s world-renowned Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli. The classical singer will give fans of the Fort Lauderdale area an ultra-romantic show Feb 14 at BB&T Center for the third time in the last four years (2011, 2012). Il mio amore! There’s still time to grab your Andrea Bocelli tickets for a night of music from the romantic’s newest release, Passione, a most-appropriate collection of famed love songs for Valentine’s Day. Passione includes several beloved classics such as “Love Me Tender”, “Girl From Ipanema”, and “Sarà Settembre”.

The average amount spent on an Andrea Boccelli Valentine’s Day ticket is $680, higher than any other February 14 ticket and 60% more than Tim McGraw fans spent on their Las Vegas ticket. McGraw and Faith Hill had the second highest average paid per ticket at the time of writing. The husband-wife duo’s Soul2Soul residency was “created to pack an arena-quality show into the intimate setting of The Venetian Theatre” meaning couples can take advantage of being near the first couple of Country music when they share their love songs with the audience. To date, sports fans, music-goers, and theatre-lovers have spent an average $224 per ticket to share a special moment with their Valentine this year!

What are the other most popular events this Valentine’s Day?

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Bruno Mars Tickets Skyrocket After Super Bowl Performance

After a smashing Super Bowl Halftime Show with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars unleashed the tickets for his 2014 Moonshine Jungle World Tour. The multi-platinum singer-songwriter-producer has been seamlessly mingling hip-hop, funk, rock, reggae and more into record-breaking pop hits, culminating in a Pepsi Halftime show that drew in more viewers than the past two performances by Beyoncé and Madonna. Adorned in a shimmering gold jacket, skinny tie, and signature pompadour, Mars and his Motown ensemble, the Hooligans, showed American just how to perfect the art of performance. The Hawaiian import is currently in promotion of sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, giving fans a chance to hear infectious chart-toppers “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man” live in all their doo-wop glory.

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Katy Perry Says Her Tickets Are “Reasonably Priced” Compared to Other Pop Peers

It really is the Year of the Horse—the “Dark Horse” that is. Pop sensation Katy Perry followed up the announcement of her long-awaited Prismatic World Tour, with the climb of bewitching single “Dark Horse” to No. 1 and surpassing the 50 million-follower mark on  Twitter—making her the most followed person on the social media site. Perry’s latest ascension to the top marks the Santa Barbara-native’s 9th career No. 1 single, where she joins an elite group of musicians who have amassed multiple chart-toppers from consecutive albums. The “Roar” singer is also the only artist to hit No. 1 each year of the current decade. Buck up Katycats, because now you can catch this pop queen when she rides into a city near you on the Prismatic World Tour!


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Super Bowl XLVIII: Your Fearless Forecast

“Defense will win the day, and the Giants’ defense overall is better than the Pats’ defense; even though the Patriots are slightly better on offense, I believe the Giants will win a thriller.”

James Frankland, February 4, 2012

“(W)hile this game could very well come down to the wire, it’s not particularly likely this year.  Even though the NFC champs are favored slightly, expect the Ravens defense to contain the second-year (Colin) Kaepernick, while quarterback (Joe) Flacco will prove that experience (as well as a stout, punishing defense) wins games.”

James Frankland, February 2, 2013

So here we are again:  Big Game No. 48, and it is once again time for your Fearless Forecaster to go on the record and keep his prediction streak, at two Big Games and counting, alive.  This year, I expect your winner to be

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Concert-Goers Paid More to See “Oldies but Goodies” over “Current” Artists in 2013

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Only three “current” artists made our list of the Top 10 Most Expensive Concert tickets bought on the secondary market. We often discuss the “average price” of a ticket, referring to the average list price on razorgator.com from sellers. Today, let’s talk about how much fans are actually spending on concert tickets at checkout.

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The Grammy for “Most Anticipated Tour of the Year” Goes To …

taylor-swift-grammyThe nominees for Most Anticipated Tour of the Year, based on the number of concert tickets sold are:

Take Me Home Tour I One Direction I Feb 23, 2013 – Nov 3, 2013 I 41 North American shows

Red Tour I Taylor Swift I Mar 13, 2013 – Feb 11, 2014 I 66 North American shows

Dirt Road Diaries Tour I Luke Bryan I Jan 17, 2013 – Oct 26, 2013 I 55 North American shows

Truth About Love Tour I P!nk I Feb 13, 2013 – Jan 31, 2014 I 63 North American shows

Believe Tour I Justin Bieber I Sept 29, 2012 – Dec 8, 2013 I 85 North American shows

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5 NHL Ticket Stories before 2014 Olympic Break

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The NHL season will pause for two weeks in February to allow its players to participate in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. While we prepare for the break in action, we take a look at the top stories unfolding on the secondary ticket market regarding the price of NHL tickets. Does a team’s hot streak have an effect on ticket prices? How about their overall record? Or rise in the ranks over last year? All the aforementioned will help get fans back in the rink and excited for the future.

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Double Kicker: Rodeo Houston Tickets Deal Best Wranglers, Music Acts of 2014

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The high demand for Rodeo Houston tickets was evident Saturday morning when the on-sale crashed systems on the primary market. 2014’s lineup appeals to all age groups, covering numerous genres. Texas native Selena Gomez will take the stage March 9, two nights after Usher headlines Black Heritage Day and two days before 2013 CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee, Jason Aldean performs. Based on ticket prices on the secondary market, fans are most excited to see Adam Levine and Maroon 5 at Reliant Center on March 13. Levine is not the only high roller judge from “The Voice” to rock the stage; four-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton will show you why he is the king of mainstream country music March 20. One of the distinguished country music acts of today, Zac Brown Band, will close the Houston Rodeo March 23 in front of an expectant sold out crowd.

It is not the first rodeo for many of this year’s performers. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, and The Band Perry we’re among the 2013 talent that was said to be “the strongest lineup in the rodeo’s history.” Maroon 5 previously took the Rodeo Houston stage in 2005 and 2006; Gomez joins the band as a three-peater. REO Speedwagon will rock the largest City in Texas for the second time, last performing in 2002. Rodeo Houston favorite Reba McEntire will make her nineteenth appearance at the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition; the Country icon first hit the stage in 1984! The music business’ best continue to flock to Houston every year for the Rodeo which is known to draw a couple million people over the two and half week event. With prices as low as $20 to catch the best wranglers accompany the star-studded acts, it’s no wonder why this annual three-week celebration attracts locals and travelers alike.

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