Pull Your Socks Up, It’s Time to Attend a White Sox Game

Abreu-Chicago-White-Sox-TicketsThe White Sox have a rich history of signing Cuban players to their roster. The latest success story is slugger Jose Abreu who like his Cuban countryman Yasiel Puig is having a breakout rookie season. Only Abreu and Puig have earned player of the month and rookie of the month nods in their first month in the big leagues.

The 27-year-old rookies’ April numbers may have knocked your sox right off (10 HR, 31 RBIs), but Abreu’s dynamics on the field are not affecting the price of Chicago White Sox tickets on the secondary market. Last year, we took a look at Los Angeles Dodgers ticket prices after Puig’s first week; similarly, ticket prices in Los Angeles did not pop-up either.

Not only did the White Sox organization score a home run with the signing of Abreu, but so too did fans. The average price of White Sox tickets in May at the start of the season was $104. Today, the average price of Chicago White Sox tickets at US Cellular Field this month is $84 (down 19%). To note, the Sox have been on the road since April 30. Windy City showdown tickets on the Southside are down 28 percent since the regular-season opener.

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Did You Have a Pirates Ticket to Last Night’s Historic Game?


Baseball history was made yesterday, May 6th 2014. With two out in the bottom of the ninth of a tie ball game Starling Marte tripled high off the right field wall. The replay throw second baseman Ehire Adrianza to third got past Pablo Sandoval and Marte headed home. The ball was promptly picked up by Tim Hudson and thrown to Buster Posey who applied the tag and Marte was called out.

None of this sounds like history, just an exciting play at the plate to take a game to extra innings. But as we can recall the new way games are played with a coach’s challenge to huddle up the umpires to consult with an umpire in New York the chance to look at the replay. This happened last night when Pirates manager Clint Hurdle trotted out of the dugout to exercise his challenge. After a review of 1:14 the call was overturned to end the Giant’s 6 game winning streak with the MLB’s first walk-off instant replay.

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World Cup Preview: Hot Tickets in Group Phase

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Anticipation is an emotion involving excitement, pleasure and sometimes anxiety for an expected or longed-for event. It is definitely a good word to describe the 2014 World Cup in Brazil…or is it Brasil?? Hold that thought we’ll address that in a minute. Since FIFA officially announced on October 30th, 2007 that Brazil would host this World Cup, myself and millions of fans worldwide have eagerly been anticipating this summer’s blockbuster event. Brazil is THE place to host the World Cup, a country of soccer tradition, beautiful beaches, beautiful people, Carnival, Samba, caipirinhas, skimpy bathing suits, the Amazon, Iguaçu Falls and jogo bonito, the beautiful game. England may have invented the game but the heart, soul and life-blood of futebol is home to Brazil and its people…well most of them. This is the 2nd time they will host the world’s biggest event, the last being in 1950 when Uruguay shocked everyone and defeated the Seleção in the famous Maracana Stadium. This sent the host nation into a period of darkness and misery that Brazilians felt for years; they even refer to the debacle as the Maracanazo, which means the Maracana blow. Brazil was so favored their federation had already made winning medals for the players and the FIFA President had learned the trophy presentation in Portuguese. Journalists didn’t want to write about the loss, the players were vilified and the team actually changed their now jinxed national team jerseys forever from white to the now iconic yellow. It’s hard for the rest of the world to feel sorry for Brazil though, the Seleção have gone on to win a total of 5 World Cups, the most of any country, and are in prime position to win it again this year at home.

But keeping the trophy in Brazil will be tough for Neymar and company as Spain, Germany, and Argentina headline some of the favorites looking to ruin the samba celebration. Calling the winner now is tough but we do know there are some great group matches. Let’s take a look at the best game each day of the group phase after the jump.

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2014 US Open Tennis Primer

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The biggest event in tennis this side of the Atlantic just released its 2014 schedule! The US Open is the fourth and final grand slam tournament on tour, and it will again take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. For over a century, ATP and WTA’s cream of the crop have descended upon Flushing Meadows to win the last major championship, so action and emotions always run at an all-time high. Remember Federer’s self-proclaimed “greatest shot” ever hit, or Serena’s match-ending tirade?  Unforgettable moments like these all happened under bright lights in New York City.

The first ball will drop on August 25 for the Men’s and Women’s Round 1 ($38 to get-in), followed by the second and third rounds over the next five days. August 31 will up the ante with the start of Women’s Round of 16, followed by the Men’s a day later (9/1). The field drastically narrows by the time the Men’s and Women’s Semifinals gets underway (9/5-9/6). The victors will finally be crowned when the tournament culminates in Arthur Ashe Stadium on 9/7 for the women and 9/8 for the men. US Open tickets for the Men’s Finals start at $184, while the Women’s Finals are offered at a cheaper $118 minimum.
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Subway Series Tickets 55 Percent Cheaper than Last Year

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New York’s famous subway series between the New York Yankees and New York Mets starts in less than two weeks and prices are much cheaper than last season. The interleague matchup is one of the highlights on May’s MLB schedule and the Mets are already reaching out to #TRUENEWYORKERS ahead of the Subway Series with the Yankees.

2014’s Subway Series will stop at Yankee Stadium (capacity 49,642) for two games May 12 and 13 before heading to Citi Field for two games May 14 and 15. Last year’s cross-town rivalry series began in Flushing then traveled to the Bronx and was scheduled May 27-30. At the beginning of the month, 2013 Subway Series tickets averaged $183 but prices were down from the past four years. In 2014, we are seeing the same price trend as tickets for the Subway Series are even cheaper (averaging $118).

Game 2 at Yankee Stadium (Tuesday) is the cheapest, with an average price of $102. Game 2 at Citi Field (Thursday) is the most expensive, boasting an average ticket price of $155. The cross town rivals only play during the week (Mon-Thurs) and just four games, both of which are contributing to the drop in demand of Yankees-Mets Subway Series tickets.

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Following On the Run Tour Date Additions, Prices up 44%

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It’s official! After much speculation (and wishing, hoping and praying on our part), hip-hop’s biggest and baddest couple will be “On the Run” this summer for a Mr. and Mrs. Carter joint tour.“On the Run” tickets are remarkably affordable when compared to the duo’s solo treks—which means they’ll go quicker than the fastest selling iTunes album ever, which happens to be Beyonce’s latest. Last year’s the “Mrs. Carter Show” averaged $322, while the “Magna Carter” tour averaged $233, and now, you can see both superstars on the same stage for just $194 on average! That’s 40% cheaper (and $128 less) than Bey’s world tour. You won’t be questioning whether or not Jay Z and Beyoncé tickets are a good deal, but you will be left wondering: do these two ever stop working?

Update 5/15/14: Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Following the addition of two Jay Z and Beyonce tour dates, prices for “On the Run” 2014 have shot up 44%. Extra shows have been added in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl (8/3/14) and in San Francisco at AT&T Park (8/6/14). While the entire tour average has gone up to $281, tickets for the second nights in Los Angeles and San Francisco are much cheaper than the first! Save over $100 (on average) when you buy On the Run tickets for the encore concert in San Francisco, and save $246 when you see Jay Z and Beyonce for their second Rose Bowl performance.

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NFL Schedule 2014: Marquee Matchups and Must-Know Info

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The 2014 NFL schedule is set! We’ve known the 256 regular-season matchups for some time, but now you can conveniently strategize which days you plan on being “sick” this year. NFL tickets are always the hottest commodity in sports and with the anticipation building for another year of hard-hitting action, revenge bouts and primetimes-to-prove-yourself, we’ve got all the best games and storylines to prep you up for the season. Roll out those jerseys and see which key matchups you cannot miss this year!

Notable NFL Scheduling Changes

  • If you haven’t yet realized, the 2014 NFL Draft has been pushed back to May 8. The life-changing day will host a record 30 players at Radio City Music Hall this year. Pro-hopefuls including Teddy Bridgewater, Jadeveon Clowney, Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Cody Latimer, Johnny Manziel, CJ Mosley and Khalil Mack will all be in attendance. No matter which team picks up Johnny Football, when the season commences, brace yourself for the unrelenting “is he the real deal” question every week.
  • Accompanying the schedule release, the NFL revealed games may be flexed into “Sunday Night Football” as early as Week 5. This is a significant shift upwards from flex scheduling (Sunday afternoon games are subject to being moved into the Sunday night window) permitted in Week 11 of last year. The league can also “cross flex” select games between CBS and FOX.
  • There are three more games in London this season. Oakland, Atlanta and Jacksonville are the teams to lose home games for a trip across the pond.
  • For the first time in nearly ten years, the NFL will make a (non-holiday) return to Saturday. Taking place in the afternoon, there are a two showdowns to catch:
    Philadelphia at Washington, December 20
    San Diego at San Francisco, December 20
  • Here’s a sampler of the awesome Thursday night matches that will get you through the workweek. Notice the bevy of divisional games (14 in total), a massive upgrade from the snooze-fests we’ve become accustomed to: Pittsburgh at Baltimore, Vikings at Packers, San Diego at Denver, New York Giants at Washington, New York Jets at New England.

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Racing’s Mane Event: Kentucky Derby Tickets 2014

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Horse racing’s grandest affair, the 140th annual Kentucky Derby, is just over one week away and ticket prices are the lowest they’ve been all year. The most exciting two minutes in sports will transpire on May 3 at Churchill Downs and the competition is as fierce as ever. Nothing brings pageantry and spectacle to the world of sports quite like the Run for the Roses, which makes Kentucky Derby tickets some of the most in-demand vouchers each year.

The average price for Kentucky Derby tickets is $704, down from $812—a 13% drop since last week. This trend is consistent with last year’s numbers, which saw prices fall from $897 (8/23/13) to $758 (8/30/13) a few days before the event. In 2014, the average person will have saved $184 if they waited to purchase Derby tickets until this week, as prices were at a high of $888 at the beginning of April. The minimum price you’ll pay to get into Churchill Downs this year is generally unchanged: pay $57 for General Infield Admission next Saturday.

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Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC): Headlining You

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UPDATE (5/27/14): The 2014 EDC lineup was announced today. Notable artists include: Afrojack, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Axwell and Ingrosso, Benny Benassi, Bingo Players, Calvin Harris, Dash Berlin, Datsik, Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, GTA, Hardwell, Kaskade, Krewella, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, R3hab, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, and W&W.

Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC) of Las Vegas organized by Insomniac is fast approaching. As one of the premier electronic dance music (EDM) festivals in the world it should not disappoint this year. The festival is held June 20th-22nd at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. EDC tickets sold out earlier than expected, even before the lineups have been announced, but Razorgator still has a large selection (starting at $687 for an all weekend pass). Electronic Daisy Carnival tickets on the primary market have been off the shelves since March 7th which is far earlier than last year (April 29th). This just speaks of the growing brand of Insomniac and increased popularity of EDM music.

The occupancy has also been increased each night from 115,000 to 133,000 attendees, which is nearly a bump of 20,000 tickets per night. This should give Insomniac an increased budget to be able to bring a show that is better than any previous EDC.

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2014 NBA Finals: Same Teams, Same Stars, Similar Ticket Prices

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2014 NBA Finals Tickets

The Spurs (sans Tony Parker) defeated the Thunder in Game 6 to take the West while the Heat thumped Indiana to take their fourth straight Eastern Conference title and advance to the NBA Finals. San Antonio won eight more games than the Heat during the regular season for an NBA-best (62-20) record, earning home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series. Did you know the Spurs have never lost a Game 1 of the NBA Finals? Yet Thursday’s ticket prices are 17% less than Game 1 and 14% less than Home Game 1 (Game 3) last year. Are fans worried Parker (ankle) won’t return until later in the series? A healthy All-Star point guard with home-court, may give the Spurs the advantage they need to finally overtake the Heat in the postseason. Earlier this year, the teams went 1-1 against one another and ticket prices averaged: $338 (1/26 in Miami) and $194 (3/6 in San Antonio).

NBA Finals tickets are averaging $913, just $10 more than 2013 NBA Finals tickets. Both teams saw an average pump of about 5% in price: Miami Heat tickets are up 5.2% while San Antonio Spurs tickets are up about 4.6%. Like last year, the cheapest ticket of the series can be bought for Game 3 ($230). Game 7 tickets saw the biggest drop in average price over last year at 42 percent.

Date Time NBA Finals Tickets Venue Get-in Avg. Price
06/05/14 8:00PM Heat at Spurs – HG 1 – Game 1 AT&T Center $236.00 $596.01
06/08/14 7:00PM Heat at Spurs – HG 2 – Game 2 AT&T Center $278.00 $740.47
06/10/14 9:00PM Spurs at Heat – HG 1 – Game 3 American Airlines Arena $230.00 $943.10
06/12/14 9:00PM Spurs at Heat – HG 2 – Game 4 American Airlines Arena $255.00 $1,017.20
06/15/14 7:00PM Heat at Spurs – HG 3 – Game 5 (If Nec.) AT&T Center $317.00 $903.90
06/17/14 9:00PM Spurs at Heat – HG 3 – Game 6 (If Nec.) American Airlines Arena $339.00 $1,388.60
06/20/14 8:00PM Heat at Spurs – HG 4 – Game 7 (If Nec.) AT&T Center $416.00 $1,052.75

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