W2W4: College Basketball Edition

Forget the exhibition games against Division III and NAIA squads.  Now is when the Road to Indianapolis starts for earnest, for well north of 300 Division I college basketball teams.  Here’s five things to watch this season.
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Packers Look To Continue Hot Streak Against The NFC East’s Best

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The Green Bay Packers played the best half of pro football in week 10 the league arguably has ever seen, and they’ll try to carry that momentum into a huge week 11 clash with the Philadelphia Eagles.

They’ll need to, as Philly is quite the formidable opponent on paper, as they walk into Lambeau Field with a stellar 7-2 mark. Mark Sanchez has kept the offense humming the past two weeks, while a formerly porous Philly defense has grown to be adept at forcing turnovers and finding ways to score.

The big question is, can the green and gold keep up with the Eagles on their own turf, or is this where Green Bay’s inconsistent defense is finally exposed in front of their home crowd?

Despite the huge matchup at home, Packers tickets are still a fantastic bargain buy at just $203.78 on average, while fans of both sides can get in the door for just $77.

Of course, Green Bay fans will only recognize it as true value if the Packers escape with a win, something that will likely only be accomplished if their touch and go defense can show up in a big way.

Judging off of last week, that just might happen. Green Bay wisely switched up their scheme on defense, as they utilized athletic sideline to sideline linebacker Clay Matthews as a middle linebacker, instead of as a pure pass-rusher on the outside. That improved Green Bay’s run defense against the Chicago Bears in week 10, while also allowing Matthews to get his hands on the ball more and help create turnovers.

Going into week 11, Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers is sure to stick with what’s working, and that should mean a lot of Mathews all over the field again. That could be bad news for the Eagles, who haven’t been very effective on the ground with LeSean McCoy and may not want to rely too much on Sanchez’s arm. Sanchez has been the answer for them the past two weeks, but if he drowns in a sea of turnovers, Packers fans could easily witness another drubbing at Lambeau.

 

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Chesney’s ‘Big Revival’ adds twang to 2015 concert calendar

American kids, get ready — Kenny Chesney’s comin’ ’round again next summer.
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2nd leg of MLS semifinals — according to plan, or surprises in store?

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This weekend will bring, in addition to the gridiron version of football on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, football matches of the kind played around most of the rest of the world as well. These would be the second legs of the MLS Cup conference semifinals, the second of a two-game aggregate series.
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Taylor Swift is back – and she’s gone pop

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It’s a sign of something when your space-filling eight second track of nothing but dead air is a chart-topping hit as well as the rest of your new album (“Track 3,” the eight seconds of white noise, went to the top of the Canadian music charts along with the rest of the album, due to an iTunes glitch). But when you’re Taylor Swift, and your fans are waiting for new music…well, anything goes.
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Breaking Down The Ticket Market In San Francisco

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On Sunday the San Francisco 49ers will host the St. Louis Rams at Levi’s Stadium. While this could prove to be an important matchup in the NFC West as the 49ers sit at just 4-3, it will be the least expensive game of the season on the secondary market at Levi’s Stadium. According to Razorgator, the average price of 49ers tickets for the game is just $178.62. It’s the only game of the five remaining games in Santa Clara to have an average price below $200.

The 49ers have won their past three meetings against the Rams, with St. Louis taking the game before that and the two teams playing to a tie in their fifth most recent meeting. The teams met just two weeks ago for a Monday Night Football game in St. Louis, which only had an average price of $83.66. After a quick start from the Rams, the 49ers came back to win 31-17.

Sunday’s price between San Francisco and St. Louis is almost $100 below the average price of the NLCS between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants earlier in the month. The average price of Giants tickets across the series was $271.31. If the football game plays out like the baseball series, the 49ers should have a fairly easy time handling the Rams. Meanwhile the with the NBA season beginning this week Golden State Warriors are seeing prices average $125.11 for the season as a whole for Warriors tickets.

The most expensive remaining home game for the 49ers will come on Thanksgiving night against the Seattle Seahawks. Even as both teams are not the dominant forces they were last season, a prime time game for the biggest Thursday night game of the year brings a huge premium on the secondary market. The average price for the game is currently $469.20 with a get-in price of $153.

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Splash Brothers Look To Lead Warriors Great Success In 2014-2015

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The youth of the Golden State Warriors is poised to again lead the team back into the playoffs this season. Equipped with the Splash Brothers in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and adding a new piece to the team in head coach Steve Kerr, the Warriors have seen ticket prices rise considerably on the secondary market since last season. The Oracle Arena in the Bay Area will be play home to a sea of yellow and blue all season long as the Warriors look to pick up where they left off after winning 51 games last season.

According to Razorgator, the season average for Warriors tickets is $121.60 on the secondary market. The team will play its most expensive game against the Cavaliers on January 9, where secondary average is currently listed at $293.78 and get-in price starts at $97. The Lakers will serve as the second top-priced opponent at home on the Warriors schedule this season. They head north to Oracle Arena on March 16 and will bring with them an average price of $196.18 and get-in of $43. The Warriors’ third most expensive home game will be against the Bulls on January 27. Warriors vs Bulls tickets for the late-January game is currently $185.72 and owns a get-in of $40 on the secondary market.

On the other side of the financial spectrum, the Warriors will host their three cheapest games against teams with losing records last season. Games against the Magic, Pelicans and Pistons will all fall  below the $85 average on the secondary market. On December 2, Warriors vs Magic tickets have a secondary average of $68.69 and get-in of $9. The Pelicans come to town on December 4 and bring with them an average price of $77.05. Get-in price for that game starts at $ 2. The Pistons will serve as the third cheapest game on the Warriors schedule this season, garnering just a $83.95 ticket average and $13 get-in.

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Blackhawks Tickets For Rematch Of Western Conference Playoffs Going For Under $150

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The Chicago Blackhawks have been among the top teams in the NHL for a few seasons and that has continued into 2014-15. With the prolonged success of the team, Blackhawks tickets have been able to draw high secondary market prices at home and on the road. That will be apparent with the next group of games Chicago will play this weekend. The Blackhawks will play a back-to-back with one game on the road and one game at the United Center.

On Saturday the 25th, the Blues host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks knocked the Blues out of the first round of the playoffs last spring in a tightly contested six-game series. Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith each had seven points in the six game series, while Kevin Shattenkirk led the Blues with 5 points and Vladimir Tarasenko had four goals in the series. According to Razorgator, Blues vs Blackhawks tickets for the rematch average $136.26 on the secondary market, with $60 getting you in the door.

Sunday night sees the Eastern Conference Senators make their first and only visit to Chicago this season. Despite trading away their captain in Jason Spezza in the off-season and having little expectations going into the season, the Senators have also started their season successfully. Led by one of the more exciting players in the league, Captain Erik Karlsson, the Senators are looking to prove they belong where they are. Blackhawks vs Senators tickets have an average price of $145.17 on the secondary market, 47% lower than the Hawks’ season average price.

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Patriots Tickets Up 24% Against Reeling Bears

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It was only a few weeks ago that the New England Patriots were in trouble after getting off to a disappointing 2-2 start. Three games later, the would-be declining Tom Brady looks as good as ever and his Pats are looking quite strong at 5-2. Time can cure all, it seems, but the same may not be able to be said for the Chicago Bears, who visit Foxboro with a 3-4 record in Week 8. In fact, there is rumored to be a rift between Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, one that could even stretch as far as dividing the team. While that’s for the media to spin, it’s a storyline that will still be analyzed as these two teams prepare to square off on Sunday.

The Bears come into the game needing a win to not fall out of the NFC North race behind the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. The Patriots, however, will not be an easy opponent and the fans in New England are apparently excited for the game. According to Razorgator, the average price for Patriots Tickets is currently $359, more than 24% above the season average at Gillette Stadium this year.

On top of above average ticket prices, New England will look to extend its winning streak against Jay Cutler. Cutler is 0-2 in his career against New England. These two teams haven’t played since 2010 when New England won its last meeting at Soldier Field, 36-7. Expect Chicago to play with a lot of emotion after last week’s tough home loss.

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Bruins Tickets Up Over 30% From A Year Ago

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The Boston Bruins entered their seventh straight postseason after posting a 54-19-9 record last year. They would ultimately fall to the Montreal Canadiens in seven Eastern Conference Semifinal games, which has allowed ticket prices for the team’s two home games against the Canadiens this season to be the most expensive on the secondary market. The Rangers, Flyers and Kings will also serve as the Bruins’ top-priced opponents at TD Garden this season, all who established playoff berths in 2014. According to Razorgator, the season average for Bruins tickets at home is $213.80 on the secondary market, 30.8% above last season’s average of $163.41.

The most expensive home game on the Bruins schedule this season will be played on November 22 against the Canadiens. The average secondary price for Bruins vs Canadiens tickets to the late-November game is currently $354.94 and get-in price starts at $151. The Habs will again visit Boston onFebruary 8 and bring with them the second highest-priced tickets the Bruins will see at home this season. The average price for February 8 Boston Bruins tickets to see them take on the Canadiens is $301.36 on the secondary market. Get-in price for that game is currently $114.

The defending Eastern Conference Champion Rangers come to town on March 28, marking the third most expensive game in Boston during the regular season. Bruins v Rangers tickets for the late-March meeting average at $291.97 on the secondary market and own a get-in price of $105. The Flyers will make a stop at TD Garden earlier that month, carrying a $282.42 average ticket price and $99 get-in for their game in Boston on March 7. Rounding off the Bruins five most expensive games are the Kings, who will visit on January 31. The average secondary price for Bruins vs Kings tickets is $279.68 with a get-in price of $102.

It comes as no surprise that the success of the Bruins in recent years has accelerated ticket prices on the secondary market. As they try to stretch their postseason streak to eight consecutive seasons, they’ll be met with high secondary prices at TD Garden all season long.

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