Jets Tickets Most Expensive Since 2010

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The forthcoming NFL season for the New York Jets will be one of their most pivotal and important in quite some time. There are a multitude of reasons behind that rationale, the first being that they haven’t made the playoffs for the past three seasons under head coach Rex Ryan, turning the 2014 year into a make or break season for the coach. Secondly, it will be quarterback Geno Smith’s sophomore year in the league and he will have to play much better to prove he can be the franchise quarterback they envision him to be after a rollercoaster rookie season.

Last year, Gang Green only had three games on the schedule which averaged above $200 for Jets tickets, but in 2014 the Jets season home average is more than that for all their games at MetLife Stadium. Clocking in at $213 currently, this is the Jets highest average since the 2010 season when they were coming off of back-to-back AFC Championship berths under Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez. Obviously, much has changed since that time as only Ryan and a handful of players remain with the Jets from that team.

Nevertheless, the Jets hope to make some significant strides in 2014 in more ways than one, starting with former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith whom they hope can take the next step forward. With an improved supporting cast that now includes WR Eric Decker, RB Chris Johnson and rookie TE Jace Amaro, Smith will have no excuses not to produce on the field.

The Jets top game of the season is currently their contest with the Pittsburgh Steelers at an average ticket price of $254, an increase of 27% over their 2013 meeting at MetLife Stadium. Their tilt with the Denver Broncos was their highest priced game of the season but over the span of the last seven days has trended down by 10% to now average $249 after being as high as $273. Rounding out the Jets top three games are their hated rival New England Patriots, who this year will have former Jets franchise player Darrelle Revis suiting up for them. This matchup in the Meadowlands is going for an average of $236, down almost $30 from their Week 7 meeting in 2013, which the Jets won in overtime.

Not all of Jets games are this pricey, for example their Week 8 matchup with AFC East divisional foe the Buffalo Bills is their cheapest game of the season. When these two teams meet on October 26th Jets tickets will be averaging 18% lower than their normal game at MetLife Stadium, going for just $175 per ticket.

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US Open Golf Tickets Down 49% in Price Over Last Year

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The U.S. Open is the second of four major championships of men’s professional golf. This year the national championship of the United States Golf Association will be held  at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina June 12-15. In fact, for the first time in USGA history, the resort will host the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open Championships in consecutive weeks. Not only is Pinehurst making history with back-to-back weekends, but so too are the price of US Open golf tickets on the secondary market.

At this time last year, the average price of a US Open all-week pass was $1335. Demand was high at Merion, largely attributed to the early season success of Tiger Woods, low supply of tickets (25,000 spectators), and close proximity to Philadelphia (fifth most populated city in the States). There were just over 1400 US Open tickets listed on Razorgator.com at the end of May.

2014 US Open tickets are averaging about half the cost of last year. Following Tiger Woods’ announcement that he would not play in the major this year as he recovers from back surgery, the average price on an all-week pass was $687. If you’re looking to just get in the gate, you’ll pay about 1/3 of what you did last year. The get-in price Saturday is $90; in 2013, it was $270. Also contributing to the low cost of 2014 US Open tickets is the larger quantity available (more than 3,000 listed) and the geographic location of Pinehurst Resort (1 hour, 20 minutes outside Raleigh). With more than 2-times the number of tickets listed on the secondary market, the far distance to a major metropolitan area, and the exit of Woods, demand for 2014 US Open tickets is far less than 2013.

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Justin Timberlake Tickets A Relative Bargain At Staples and Barclays Centers

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Over the past decade, there have been countless child stars who have tried and failed to make the transition to a successful adult star. One person who has not had a problem with this transition has been Justin Timberlake.  JT seamlessly made the move from child actor on the Mickey Mouse Club to teenage heartthrob in N*Sync to Hollywood renaissance man as an adult. Simply put, Timberlake can do it all; whether it’s acting, singing, or dancing.

In 2012, Timberlake put out his first album since 2006 and has since began the journey of his vast 20/20 Experience World Tour comprised of an impressive 96 shows in total. Timberlake returns stateside in July for the first of two remaining US legs, beginning at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. Over the course of the entire tour, Justin Timberlake concert tickets average $336.64 with the first leg going for $365 while the second clocks in at a respectable $327.58.

The most expensive stop on his tour is Timberlake’s August 5th concert at the AT&T Center in San Antonio which is going for a hefty ticket price of $842 on average and a get-in of $162 alone.  There are two other tour stops besides Charlotte and San Antonio that average over $500 for Timberlake tickets: August 3rd at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans – $609, and August 8th at MGM Grand Garden Arena – $741.72.

One interesting data point regarding the tour is that when JT comes to the Los Angeles Staples Center, it will be for one of the lowest average ticket prices of his entire 20/20 Experience Tour at an average price of $281. The same is true with his December visit to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn where the Timberlake concert is currently going for an average ticket price of $279. The reason these two tour dates stick out like a sore thumb is because Los Angeles and New York are the two largest markets in the country and therefore are historically amongst the highest priced tour stops for artists. However, for Timberlake’s tour they are 6th and 7th cheapest, respectively.

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With Fielder Out, Texas Rangers Tickets Sliding

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The Rangers have just been dealt the very difficult blow of learning that the big time slugger they traded for this offseason, Prince Fielder, will be out for the rest of the year after opting for surgery on his neck after he was unable to play through the pain since injuring it. Fielder was acquired from the Detroit Tigers for All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler in the offseason, a deal that is looking bleaker and bleaker for Texas as time progresses. Now the Rangers will turn to Mitch Moreland to be their everyday first baseman with Fielder out the remainder of the year.

This news could not have come at a worse time for the Rangers as they are presently five games back in the AL West trailing both the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels, respectfully. The Rangers still have time to make up ground as they will play Oakland and LA 17 more times before the close of the regular season.

Texas’ priciest game against either of those two teams comes on September 27th against the A’s in their second to last game which is going for an average ticket price of $124.  Nonetheless, even that is still 33% less than their most expensive game of the season on  July 28th versus the New York Yankees, currently averaging $166. In fact, each of the top three games on the Rangers schedule all come in that series against the Bronx Bombers as Texas Rangers tickets for the next two games have an average price of $148 and then $137.

Texas Rangers tickets have gone up by 8% since the start of the season to average just below $90 at home. Yet, it is doubtful that will remain the case moving forward as Texas will most likely see ticket prices fall as a result of losing Fielder, arguably one of their best everyday players on the team, along with Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre. The only question that remains to be seen is by how much will they fall moving forward.

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2014 Patriots Tickets Up 25% Above Three Year Average

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Year in and year out for more than a decade now, the New England Patriots have been one of the top teams in the NFL. In that time, New England has transformed itself from one of the NFL’s lovable losers to the model of consistency under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, appearing in five Super Bowls, winning three, and only missing the playoffs once when Brady played the entire season. A result of this decade long run of success, the Patriots have one of the highest average ticket prices in the entire league for their games at Gillette Stadium.

Over the course of the past three seasons, the New England Patriots have garnered an average ticket price of $300 at home ranging from $274 in 2011 to as much as $350 in 2012. A year ago, the Patriots saw that number dip back down to $277, but this year it has reached much higher levels.  When the NFL schedule was released on April 24th, the average ticket price for Patriots tickets surged to $414.  Its dropped a bit since, currently with a 2014 average of $374, up by 25% above their three year average.

For the second year in a row, the New England Patriots most expensive game of the season comes against the Denver Broncos who knocked them out of the Playoffs in the AFC Championship on their way to a Super Bowl berth.

When these two teams take the field in Foxboro on November 24th, tickets will be going for $522.58 on the secondary market, ranking as the seventh highest of any game this season. This game will be one of the most hyped up games of the season as both teams will be in contention for a Super Bowl as a rematch, and potential preview, of the AFC Championship Game. If you’re looking for the cheapest possible ticket, you can get in the door for as low as $232 right now.

The cheapest game of the year for New England will be their Week 17 meeting with the Buffalo Bills which is currently averaging $280, higher than both their 2011 and 2013 season averages. Another notable game at Gillette Stadium this season features their first home meeting with the Chicago Bears since 2006. New England has not beaten the Bears since 2000 going 0-3 in their previous three contests but hope to change that in Week 8 of this season where tickets are averaging just a shade under $455 for the tilt. In total, the Patriots success has directly correlated with them having one of the highest ticket prices in the league, but you can be sure that while fans may complain about the cost no one has any qualms with their success.

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Despite 2-14 Year, Houston Texans Tickets More Expensive in 2014

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The Texans are ready to begin the Bill O’Brien era in Houston after a very disappointing 2013 season.  Last year’s Texans only won two games, despite being one of the more talented teams in the NFL. Gone are the likes of quarterback Matt Schaub and defensive end Antonio Smith who were both traded to Oakland in the offseason.  But there are several new faces that Texans fans are eagerly anticipating to see on the gridiron.

The Texans will have to hope that Ryan Fitzpatrick can hold the fort while they develop one of their younger quarterbacks.  Houston drafted Tom Savage this year in the 4th round (135th overall,) opting to wait for their future signal caller, rather than taking one with the first pick of the draft. Instead, they were able to replace Smith by selecting DE Jadeveon Clowney with the first choice in the draft.  Clowney has been heralded as the best prospect to come out of college in the past generation, with an other-worldly combination of size and speed.

Moreover, with the addition of Clowney to a defensive line that already boats Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt, the Texans defense should be one of the most fearsome in the league and keep opposing quarterbacks up at night.

The Texans have thrived in Houston by virtue of playing in the football crazed state of Texas which has done a great job of accepting and rallying behind the team since they expanded in 2002. So much so that Houston Texans tickets have increased by 30%, $48 to be exact, from last year to $216 for the ever nearing 2014 NFL season.

In reality, this isn’t too much of an increase in price as last year, Texans tickets experienced a substantial drop in price as fans turned away from NRG Stadium amidst the team’s horrendous losing streak that began in Week 3 and extended all the way to the final whistle of the season. But with new faces on both offense and defense, fans will be returning in droves to see this new look team in action.

Here’s a breakdown for Houston Texans tickets for all their home games the approaching season:

9/07 vs Washington Redskins: Avg – $234.53 / Get-in $77

9/28 vs Buffalo Bills: Avg – $174.42 / Get-in – $49

10/09 vs Indianapolis Colts: Avg – $220.65 / Get-in – $66

11/02 vs Philadelphia Eagles: Avg – $234.98 / Get-in – $76

11/23 vs Cincinnati Bengals:Avg – $197.76 / Get-in – $47

11/30 vs Tennessee Titans: Avg – $210.28 / Get-in – $48

12/21 vs Baltimore Ravens: Avg – $239.63 / Get-in – $63

12/28 vs Jacksonville Jaguars: Avg – $213.57 / Get-in – $46

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2014 Saints Tickets Down 8% From Last Season

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The New Orleans Saints are one of the few teams in the National Football League to actually see ticket prices decline in 2014. As a whole, the NFL saw the average ticket price increase by 20% from 2013 to 2014; however, Saints tickets are down by more than 8% from last year to currently average $263.35 for their games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this upcoming season.

This average has shifted downward by more than $20 since the NFL Schedules were released on April 24th, the cheapest on record since winning their first Super Bowl in 2009; excluding the 2012 campaign when the Saints were penalized for the “Bountygate” scandal and were without head coach Sean Payton for the entire season. To illustrate just how much prices have fallen, the cheapest game for New Orleans presently is their Week 5 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  In 2013, the Saints vs. Bucs game had an average ticket price of $402, yet this season that average has essentially been cut in half to $204 with a get-in price of $84.

The Saints do have some games on their schedule that are not as discounted, and their October meeting with the Green Bay Packers is one of them. The Packers game clocks in at an average price of $363.63, more than $100 and 27% higher than the normal New Orleans Saints ticket. Their next priciest game comes two weeks later when they return to the Big Easy against the very talented San Francisco 49ers. That game has seen the average ticket price maintain a steady $312. The Saints added some weapons to their already explosive offense in the draft which should make them one of the most exciting teams in the league week in and week out and a competitor to San Francisco and Seattle as the NFC representative in the Super Bowl.

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Atlanta Falcons Tickets Still Expensive Following 4-12 Year

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The Atlanta Falcons never had back to back winning seasons, but that was before they had a quarterback like Matt Ryan. Since drafting Ryan 3rd overall out of Boston College in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Falcons have been able to run off five consecutive winning seasons. After coming within a few minutes of going to the Super Bowl in 2012, last year the Falcons struggled mightily and it was the first year under Ryan that they failed to have a winning record, going a dismal 4-12.

While Ryan certainly did not have a banner year, it’s hard for anyone to play quarterback while on your back. In total, Ryan was hit 100 times on the season and the fifth most in the entire league which led Atlanta to completely revamp its line by signing guard Jon Asamoah and drafting tackle Jake Matthews 6th overall in this year’s draft. Now that Ryan should have some more time to operate, he should have no problem finding one of his large targets like Roddy White and Julio Jones.

With the Falcons biggest problem seemingly fixed, fans are very excited about their chances to rebound and see Atlanta return to the postseason yet again. In order to do that, the Falcons will have some pretty tough obstacles in their way and are also handicapped in the sense that they only play seven games in their home stadium due to the fact that they will technically be the “home” team when they play the Detroit Lions on October 26th at historic Wembley Stadium in London. This is the priciest game the Falcons play all season long at an average price of $354 for Atlanta Falcons tickets and a get-in price of $123.

For their actual home games in the Georgia Dome, Falcons tickets will go for $159 on average, up by $45 over their home average of $115 last year. Of their home games, none are more expensive than their matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers at an average price of $227. The Falcons and Steelers have gone into overtime against each of the last three times they played so fans purchasing tickets for that game may be in line for some extra football. The Falcons have some other intriguing matchups on their schedule, such as their game against the Chicago Bears (Avg – $195, Get-in $53), New Orleans Saints (Avg – $192, Get-in $54) as well as Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns (Avg – $117, Get-in $23.)  Falcons fans certainly have several exciting matchups to choose to see this year.

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LA Dodgers Tickets 2nd Cheapest Average Price of All MLB Teams

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have high hopes this season after going to the 2013 National League Championship Series and falling just short of the World Series, losing in six to the St. Louis Cardinals. With increased expectations have come increased prices for Dodger tickets, as the average ticket price has gone up 20% from 2013.  Currently, the average ticket price is $60.80 compared to 2013′s average of $50.62. Nonetheless, the Dodgers still rank amongst the cheapest in the league despite playing in the second largest market in the United States.

An interesting note to the Los Angeles Dodgers 2014 season is that all five of their most expensive remaining games take place in the month of September. Moreover three of the top five are all from the same series, their last series of the regular season against the Colorado Rockies.

This series begins on September 26th and currently Dodgers tickets are going for $85.66.  With that ticket, fans will be able to enjoy a postgame fireworks show. The following day, tickets go up to $86, but a get-in of only $8. The highest average ticket price for any game this season is their final game of the year and Fan Appreciation Day on the 28th. Tickets are almost 40% higher than the next closest game this season and one of the main reasons why tickets may be higher is, oddly enough, a Babe Ruth bobblehead giveaway that day, even though Ruth never played for the Dodgers. However, Ruth was with the team for one lone season as their first base coach in 1938 when they were still known as the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The final game to crack the Los Angeles Dodgers Top 3 games of the season is their August 5th tilt intrastate rival the Los Angeles Angels. This game is the third most expensive game of the season with an average ticket price of $86.73 will also be Cap Day at the ballpark. Another game of note is Tuesday, September 2nd when the Dodgers host the Nationals. This game has the added bonus of featuring a bobblehead giveaway of Los Angeles Laker legend and minority owner of the Dodgers Magic Johnson.

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OKC Thunder Western Conference Finals Ticket Prices Suggest Ibaka will be Back by Game 6

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Remember when it took a torn right meniscus for everyone to realize that Russell Westbrook was Russell Westbrook, a ultra-talented basketball player whose energy on the court shook the building and lit up his teammates (no bias here at all). A sidekick and teammate that didn’t hold KD back but actually made the Thunder the dominant force they have been in the Western Conference. In a way, the injury was the best thing that could have happened to Westbrook’s reputation and the worst thing that could have happened OKC fans.

Well, fortunately and unfortunately it’s Serge Ibaka’s turn to have his value recognized. The unheralded power forward suffered a Grade 2 strain of the plantaris muscle in his left calf in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers and was expected to miss the remainder of the postseason (today, he was upgraded to day-to-day with a possibility of returning during the series). After sweeping the Spurs in the regular season, it seemed that the Thunder had the best chance at interrupting San Antonio’s “mission” to become NBA Champions. Instead, the Thunder look helpless inside without “I-Block-a’s” defensive presence and find themselves in a hole, down 0-2 in the Western Conference Finals.

Raise your hand if you thought it was a huge mistake that the Thunder chose to retain Serge Ibaka and trade James Harden after their Finals run in 2012? I’m guessing a majority of us did. And, while the team would have been incredible had they been able to keep both players, decisions involving money had to be made. OKC chose to sign Ibaka long-term because he provided a difference skill-set that better complimented Westbrook and Durant.

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