NHL Plays an Unprecedented Six Outdoor Hockey Games in 2014

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Move over Super Bowl XLVIII harriers, if you want to experience a real “cold-weather outdoor game” talk to a hockey player or fan. With the majority of hockey players and fans originating from states and countries used to freezing temperatures, who’s complaining? 2014 has proven to be the best year for open-air hockey fans since the Winter Classic was first inaugurated, with an unprecedented six outdoor games listed, fans across the country will get a chance to see the league’s elite teams take the ice. And it’s about to get even better: since these events first went on sale, tickets for all games have dropped significantly in price! The NHL’s outdoor games are supposed to inspire a nostalgic feeling, as fans and virtually each player likely began playing hockey at a local outdoor rink as a youngster. Help keep the tradition alive and check out these awesome outdoor NHL games after the jump!

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Boston Celtics Tickets Cheaper with Rajon “The Riddler” Rondo Return

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You read it correctly. Go ahead, rub the sleep from your eyes and look again – the price of Boston Celtics tickets is actually cheaper after Rondo’s cryptic tweet that suggests he is returning to the hardwood Friday.

Rajon Rondo’s departure from the Celtics lineup as a result of a torn ACL suffered last January immediately impacted the price of Celtics tickets on the secondary market. All but two of the remaining eighteen home games (at the time) saw a fall in average price, some as large as nine percent. This occurred despite the fact that Boston still had a stacked roster with Celtic favorites Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce at the helm. Had Rondo been the sole shining star, we’d imagine that decline would have been much greater.

Last week, Rondo said he was hopeful he’d return before the All-Star break which got discussions rolling as to whether or not the 13-26 Celtics could still make a playoff run behind their four-time All-Star point guard. This season Rondo will be surrounded by a much different supporting act on the court and a new coach on the bench. After a blockbuster trade in the offseason that sent Garnett, Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, Rondo will take on a new role – as veteran, leader, and yes, Boston’s brightest star.

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Must-see NBA Game: Golden State Warriors at OKC Thunder (Jan 17)

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I recently posted a blog on memorable NBA games in December. Had I chosen to expand and focus on games thus far into the season both Golden State Warriors vs. OKC Thunder matchups would, no question, have made the list. Two of the league’s most explosive teams with two of the NBA’s best fanbases, took the floor twice in November, delivering plenty of points, excitement, lead changes, and last-second wins. When people ask me, “Why should I go to a game instead of watching it on TV?” I play these two game winners for them and say, “Because you wouldn’t want to miss the feeling you get when you are sitting among thousands of your team’s fans and THIS happens against a quality conference foe.” These are the moments, the heart-stopping thrills that every sports fan wants to experience when they attend a game.

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AFC, NFC Divisional Round Playoff Tickets

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After one wild first round of postseason play, the AFC and NFC divisional round matchups are set. The NFL’s Wild Card weekend showcased three games with underdog road team victories that ushered in plenty of great rematches scheduled in the second round of playoffs. In the AFC, Andy Dalton heinously crashed the Bengals’ victory train at home, while a failed Kansas City defense allowed a historic comeback win; the NFC Wild Card round ended the hopeful Philadelphia Eagles playoff dreams and saw the inability of Green Bay to stomp out a California team on a frostbitten day. Now that we’ve weeded out playoff pretenders from true contenders, let’s get on with the best of the NFC and AFC with this season’s four divisional round games!

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2014 BCS Championship Tickets Cheaper than Rose Bowl Tickets for First Time in History

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Good things come to those who wait .. especially for Auburn and Florida State fans. The average price of BCS Championship tickets is down 70% since bowl selections; at a (not so) mean price of $636. Tiger and Seminole fans will pay less to watch their teams play for the National title than Spartan and Cardinal fans paid to attend the Rose Bowl Wednesday. The average price of Rose Bowl tickets three days prior to the game was $679.

Last year BCS Championship tickets were hovering around $2,000 on average a couple of days before Alabama and Notre Dame took the field in Miami. So, why are BCS Championship tickets so cheap this year? One contributing factor is the size of stadium; the Rose Bowl is the largest of the four BCS Championship sites, seating over 90,000. Last year’s Sun Life Stadium has the second largest capacity at just over 80,000 seats. The increase in supply (10,000 plus seats) will naturally drive demand down. Another factor is the distance fans have to travel. The further away the bowl game, the more time you need to take off work and the more costly plane tickets can be. Assuming many fans are traveling from near campus, it was much closer for Alabama and Notre Dame fans to travel to Miami than it is for Auburn and Florida State fans to travel to Pasadena. Can you imagine demand if the National Championship game was at Sun Life Stadium in 2014? Combined Alabama and Notre Dame fans traveled about 2,122 miles from campus to their bowl game last year. That is an almost identical distance to what Auburn fans will travel (2,135) from campus to Pasadena this year alone. No doubt, both Miami and Los Angeles at this time of year are desirable destinations so that factor remains constant. Lastly, both Alabama and Notre Dame are routinely named as top five traveling fanbases. The Fighting Irish have proven year in and year out that they can fill stadiums during bowl season. One thing I can not quite wrap my head around is why interest from Auburn Tigers fans is not greater. They sold their Spring Game out after going 3-9 last year and are known to have one of the best fanbases in college football. Are they only rowdy at home? (That’s a challenge Tigers fans!) Championship game tickets are about half the cost of the 2011 title game that pitted the Tigers against the Oregon Ducks in Glendale, Arizona.

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Indiana Pacers Tickets on the Rise

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Miami may have earned the NBA’s “Team of 2013” title, but the Indiana Pacers are certainly giving them a run for their money and may be the only team that can keep the Heat from earning a three-peat. Last year, the Pacers finished with a 49-32 record on the season and jettisoned into the Eastern Conference Finals, where they met Miami for an all-out slugfest, neither team yielding to the other. The Pacers ultimately fell to the Heat in the 2013 playoffs, but are looking more promising than ever this season. Recently, Indiana went on a masterful victory spree, inflicting unrelenting pressure on both ends of the floor for five consecutive victories, until yesterday’s uncharacteristic loss to the Toronto Raptors snapped their wining momentum.

But, if there is any team to coolly bounce back from a loss, it’s the Pacers, who lead the Central Division and the Eastern Conference with a record of 25-6. Pacers’ point guard George Hill sent a warning out to the rest of the NBA that vocalized the Pacer’s strength: “We’re a team that hits first. We’re a smashmouth team.” The Pacers are in it to win it again this year: with a healthy team, the league’s best defense, revenge on their minds and the championship within reach, you’ve got to be there to see all the bench-gripping action as Indiana tightens their grip on the East!

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NFC, AFC Wild Card Game Tickets

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The NFL regular season concluded in dramatic fashion with the win-and-in NFC East showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys. Philly came out on top securing a playoff berth and their first division title in three years. In similar fashion, Green Bay locked up the NFC North earlier in the day, earning a playoff berth of their own in Aaron Rodgers’ return. Perhaps the most exciting game of the day took place at Qualcomm Stadium between the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. Thanks to some help from the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets in the morning, the Chargers knew that if they could beat the Chiefs who were sitting a majority of their starters, they would earn the final AFC Wild Card spot. Rivers and company did just that, holding off the Chiefs backups 27-24.

We break down the four NFL Wild Card games after the jump.

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December to Remember: Top NBA Tickets During Memorable Month

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It turns out, the best NBA games were not wrapped up for Christmas Day this year. The earlier part of the month was filled with thrilling overtime victories, a handful of triple-doubles, standout rookie performances, and clutch three pointers. Many fans who attended NBA games in December got a lot more than the price of their ticket suggested. For an average price of $36, Sixers fans witnessed the first game in NBA history to feature two rookies with triple-doubles in an exhilarating win at home against the Magic. For a buck less, Bobcats fans were gifted with a second half shootout between Kemba Walker and Stephen Curry six nights later. It’s tough to get into any NBA game for that price tag, let alone experience one of the best games of the year.

We take a look at December’s top NBA games after the jump.

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Denver Broncos Playoff Tickets 2014: Peyton Manning Leads the Charge

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The Denver Broncos have charged into the playoffs for the third consecutive season with the franchise’s 13th AFC West crown.They are the only team to clinch home field advantage in the divisional round thus far, and currently sit atop the conference for a first-round bye.

The Broncos have been making history all season, breaking a plethora of NFL all-time records with living-legend Peyton Manning at the helm week in and week out. The latest? Manning shattered Tom Brady’s single season 50-touchdown pass record during Denver’s rout of the Houston Texans in Week 16; and with their final game against the Oakland Raiders, Manning upper the tally to 55. But the astonishing play we’ve seen from Denver extends well beyond its center, as the Broncos added another page to the history books, being the first team in history to have five players who have racked up double-digit touchdown scores this season: Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno, Demaryius Thomas. Things are looking promising for the team with the best-ranked offense heading into their regular season finale—and with a long postseason run on the horizon, you can be a part of this team’s historic year with Denver Broncos playoff tickets!
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Pac-12 Basketball Tickets Are a Steal

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While the Big Ten and Big 12 currently have the most teams in the AP Top 25 (four), the Pac-12 is not far behind (three). Plus, Arizona has held on to the coveted No. 1 spot for three straight weeks. You’d expect to pay a fortune to attend a Pac-12 Conference matchup between the West Coast foes; but the truth is, Pac-12 basketball tickets for teams in the Top 25 (Arizona, Oregon, Colorado) are fairly cheap compared to other top conferences.

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Conference No. Top 25 Teams Avg. Price
ACC 3 $135.91
American 3 $151.82
Big 12 4 $53.51
Big Ten 4 $85.21
Pac 12 3 $61.93
SEC 3 $88.87

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