No Landon Donovan: Reactions from Soccer Community on USA 23-Man World Cup Roster


Wow! Well there was some expectation it might happen but it’s still a major shock and no one expected it to happen this quickly. Yes, America, Landon Donovan has been left off the 23-man roster that will now prepare together and travel to Brazil to represent the Stars and Stripes in the always-anticipated World Cup.

The range of early emotions includes shock, anger, surprise, doubt, sadness and even happiness. For me it is definitely a shock. Yes Donovan has not been the LD that was the best US player…ever. However, he has special skills and abilities that not many other US players have, skills which can be vital and utilized, as long as he is on that squad in Brazil. But Jürgen Klinsmann and his staff have decided that it’s not to be and unfortunately for Donovan he misses out on his 4th World Cup…and maybe concludes a Hall-of-Fame US Soccer career.

But wait! What is that you say about injuries? It’s not inconceivable an injury might occur to a US player that will take them out of the equation before the tournament starts. Who then gets the call? For me, unless it’s a GK or defender that next person is LD…unless he falls apart due to this omission…that will be yet another tough decision Klinsmann will have to ponder and make if it comes to it.

But let’s look at all the players.

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Cheapest Yankees Tickets For Jeter’s Home Finale Still Above $150

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The New York Yankees are consistently one of the best teams in the MLB but are also consistently one of the most expensive teams in the league as well. This season Yankees tickets are significantly higher than in years past which can be attributed to the fact that this will be Captain Derek Jeter’s 20th and final season wearing the iconic pinstripes. As a result of this announcement, Yankees tickets have increased by 45% from a season ago when they averaged $95 even though they managed to miss the playoffs for only the second time since 1996.

This year, Yankees tickets have skyrocketed all they way up to an average ticket price of $139 for their home games. The most expensive game by far for the Yankees – and the most expensive game this season for any MLB game – is Derek Jeter’s final regular season game at Yankee Stadium on September 25th against the Baltimore Orioles. Tickets are currently averaging an astronomical price of $530 with the cheapest ticket at $157.

What’s noteworthy about the Yankees top games of the season is that none of them come against their traditional rival, the Boston Red Sox. In fact, the Red Sox barely even crack the top ten while only three against Boston make the list of the 30 most expensive games of the season moving forward for the Bronx Bombers. On the other hand, of the priciest Boston Red Sox games this season, the top six all come against the New York Yankees averaging $308 for tickets in those six contests.

Below you can find a breakdown of the top five most expensive games of the season for New York:

1) 9/25 vs. Baltimore Orioles: Avg. = $529.29, Get-in = $157 (Derek Jeter’s Final Home Game)

2) 8/26 vs. Chicago White Sox: Avg. = $259.38, Get-in = $28 (Joe Torre jersey retirement)

3) 9/21 vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Avg. = $256.89, Get-in = $47 (Kids Beanie Baby)

4) 9/20 vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Avg. = $217.02, Get-in = $28

5) 9/23 vs. Baltimore Orioles: Avg. = $183.19, Get-in = $21

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Belmont Stakes Tickets 2014: Triple Crown Coronation or California Dreaming?

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 12.09.22 PMThis year’s run for the Triple Crown is confirmation that in the world of sports, the best stories are the Cinderella ones. Belmont Stakes, the third and final jewel in the hunt for Thoroughbred Racing’s Triple Crown, presents the most interesting field of contenders we’ve seen in the past few years, highlighted by one horse who’s made a lot of something out of next-to-nothing.

Newbie owners bred the latest Triple Crown hopeful, California Chrome, at a cut-rate cost of $10,000. The colt’s humble West Coast origins muddle him with less-than-prestigious, or rather non-Kentucky, horses and label him as an “outsider.” His trainer, Art Sherman, is a 77-year-old relative unknown former jockey who has never entered in a Triple Crown race. His jockey, Victor Espinoza, curiously overcame his fear of horses by mastering the art of riding them. And let’s not forget that the New York Racing Association nearly barred California Chrome from entering Belmont per the use of equine nasal strips, giving the racing community a painful case of déjà vu via I’ll Have Another’s prematurely terminated endeavor of 2012.

Perhaps it’s because the favored horse started out as more of a pauper than a prince, but Belmont Stakes tickets are a bargain deal in 2014. This may change quicker than a furlong race, however, as tickets prices are on the incline since the chestnut’s nasal strip approval, assuring fans that Chrome has the green light to clinch one of the most revered triumphs in all of sports.

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Braves Tickets Pricey for Upcoming Red Sox Series


The Atlanta Braves are one of the more intriguing teams in the National League in 2014. The current leader in the NL East by a game and a half over Washington, the Braves are among the worst hitting teams in the entire MLB ranking near the bottom in runs, on base percentage and batting average. In all three of these categories, the Braves rank 25th or lower which brings up the question of how can they be so poor at the plate but still the best in their division?

The answer is of course 60 feet away on the pitching mound. From there, the Braves are the best in all of baseball, having a total team ERA of just 2.82 nearly one entire point lower than the Major League average of 3.81. Leading the charge for Atlanta is upstart Julio Teheran who has an incredible 2.20 ERA on the season going 2-3 so far at the young age of just 23.

Teheran is just one of a slew of talented young players on the Braves who will be the foundation of this team for years to come with players like Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons among others. These players have allowed for the Braves to be one of the top teams in the league over the past few seasons which in turn has caused prices for Braves tickets to increase by 30% for the 2014 season.

Currently, the average ticket price for all Braves home games is $69.  The top five most expensive games for the Braves this season are all well above Atlanta’s season average, ranging anywhere from $89 to $115. Next week, the Braves will welcome the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox to Turner Field. Th series features two of the three most expensive games of the year for Atlanta. The first game of the series takes place Monday and is the hottest ticket of the season at Turner Field with an average ticket price of $115. Tuesday’s game is the third most expensive at an average price of $96.

If you’re looking to see the Braves play, as well as some additional entertainment, Atlanta’s three other most expensive games of the year will be able to provide that. On August 30th, the game against the Marlins is their annual US Navy Celebration and fourth most expensive game at Turner Field with an average price of $94, but a very low get-in price of just $6.

Rounding out the top five games of the season is the Braves September 19th and 20th matchups against the Mets. September 19th’s game (average price of $93) will feature post-game fireworks and then a day later the Future Stars Night (average ticket price of $94) will take place.  Luckily for Braves fans, there’s no shortage of talent and entertainment on and off the ballpark at Turner Field this year so make sure to buy Braves tickets now!

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St. Louis Rams Tickets See Biggest Jump in Price After NFL Draft


Defensive end Michael Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft, becoming the first openly gay player to be drafted in the league. Another first? The seventh round draft pick was second to Johnny Manziel in rookie jersey sales on draft weekend outselling the top five picks. Sam’s pro career is not even guaranteed yet, and fans are showing their support and enthusiasm. While the 249th overall pick made history and garnered mass media attention, there were four other prospects that the Rams selected in the first three rounds that have huge star potential. Last year’s co-SEC defensive player will join an A+ draft class that includes the draft’s top offensive lineman Greg Robinson (Auburn), DT Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh), CB Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State), and RB Tre Mason (Auburn).

“The team that got better immediately is the Rams” Heath Evans

By draft’s end, these rookies were already making an impact on ticket prices on the secondary market. The average price of St. Louis Rams tickets hours before the draft was $138, $11 less than it had been when the 2014 NFL schedule was released. Following the first day of the draft in which the Rams picked up both Robinson and Donald, the average price of Rams tickets on the secondary market surprisingly saw a 4 percent drop (avg. $133). It wasn’t until the Monday after the draft that the average prices rose to $161, a 16.5% jump since the draft began. Last year at this time, St. Louis Rams tickets averaged $135 and were sixth cheapest in the NFL.

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Will Fans Be Able To Purchase Dallas Cowboys Tickets for the Playoffs This Year?


For the past few seasons the Cowboys have entered the final week of the regular season with a chance to win the NFC East and make the playoffs with a win. Each time the Cowboys had this opportunity, they squandered it, losing to an NFC East divisional opponent, no less. Three years ago in 2011, “America’s Team” fell to the New York Giants, followed by a defeat a year later to Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins in 2012 and then again to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third straight season just this past December.

This has caused many critics to question Tony Romo’s ability to come up in the clutch and win big games, almost persuading owner and general manager Jerry Jones to draft Texas A&M phenom Johnny Manziel during this year’s NFL Draft (instead, the Cowboys opted to improve their offensive line and help keep Romo upright by taking Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin.) While much of this criticism of Romo may be undeserved, as the Cowboys porous defense was just as much to blame last year, questions of Romo’s ability to win persist and fans want to see the Cowboys back to playoff relevance quickly.  And fans are clearly wiling to pay a premium to see their beloved team at AT&T Stadium.

The Cowboys will kick off the season against the very talented San Francisco 49ers in week one at AT&T Stadium.  The home opener happens to be their most expensive game of the season with Dallas Cowboys tickets against the Niners clocking in at an average price of $407. At $50 more than the next closest game in terms of average price (10/5 vs Houston Texans – $351) it’s clear fans are eagerly anticipating football to return in Dallas.  And with the Cowboys on the road this year in Week 17, the home opener will most likely remain the costliest game on the Cowboys’ schedule in 2014.

If you’re looking to see the Cowboys this year but don’t want to spend too much money, the cheapest game of the year is another NFC West matchup when the Arizona Cardinals come to town on November 2nd. Currently, the average ticket price is just $219 with a get-in of $45. For the season as a whole, the Cowboys tickets are averaging just under $300 for their games at AT&T Stadium, up 85% since 2011 where tickets averaged $160 for games in Dallas.

And if the Cowboys can find a way to host a playoff game, expect ticket prices to be quite high and far surpass the current average and get-in for the opener. Make sure to check out Razorgator for all your 2014 Dallas Cowboy ticket needs and frequent updates on pricing and availability.

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Mets Tickets Up 5% From Beginning Of The Season


Coming into 2014, expectations were pretty low for the New York Mets, as they were coming off another losing campaign in 2013 and were expected to be without ace pitcher Matt Harvey for much of the year. A month and a half into the season and the Mets have certainly struggled at times this season without their stud pitcher, yet they have been able to hang around the .500 mark and as of today are only three and a half games behind the division leading Atlanta Braves. Though the Mets aren’t first in the standings, Mets tickets happen to be the most expensive in the division, up 5% from the start of the season, currently at an average price of $92.45.  Below is a breakdown of the average price of the remaining games for each National League East team…


1.) New York Mets – $92.45

2.) Philadelphia Phillies – $85.86

3.) Atlanta Braves – $69.38

4.) Miami Marlins – $65.44

5.) Washington Nationals – $54.99


Looking ahead, the most expensive game of the season for the Mets doesn’t come until next month when they welcome the San Diego Padres to Citi Field on June 14th. While at first it may seem odd that an early June game against the San Diego Padres is the top game of the season for the Mets, rather than a game against a traditional rival like the Phillies, upon further investigation the reason for this becomes quite clear. The Mets will be providing additional entertainment and amenities at several games in 2014, including hosting post-game concerts, providing post-game fireworks, and offering free promotional items. For the June 14th date against the Padres, the Mets will feature a performance by Queens born rapper 50 Cent.  Tickets for June 14th are currently averaging 55% higher than normal Mets home games at $140 with a get-in of $21.

In fact, of the top five games of the season for the New York Mets, all five have a tied-in promotion. The Mets second priciest game of the season is September 28th when the Houston Astros come to Citi Field for the season finale. Tickets for the final game (which features a 2015 Mets Schedule magnet giveaway) have an average cost of $118. This is followed by their September 13th tilt with the Washington Nationals (average ticket price of $112) which features post-game fireworks.

If rap isn’t your thing, the Mets have you covered on July 12th when Huey Lewis comes in for a post-game concert.  The average ticket price for that game is only $111.  And to wrap up the top five most expensive New York Mets games remaining this season, the Mets August 3rd game against the San Francisco Giants which features a Mets toy truck giveaway has an average ticket price of $109.

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Who Will Make the Cut? USA World Cup Preliminary Roster


It’s starting to get exciting! Less than 30 days to go until World Cup Brazil 2014 and rosters or preliminary rosters are coming out each day. 30 players were selected by USA Coach Jürgen Klinsmann and will begin a vigorous training camp on May 14th at Stanford University. The roster must be trimmed to 23 players by June 2nd and those will be the chosen ones to represent the USA in Brazil.

As part of the final preparations the team will play 3 games in the Send-Off Series: USA vs Azerbaijan on May 27th in San Francisco, USA vs Turkey on June 1st at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey and USA vs Nigeria on June 7th in Jacksonville. If you can’t make the trip to Brazil, these matches are the next best option. Grab your USA Soccer tickets today and watch the World Cup contenders before they leave for the biggest sporting event of the quad.

Let’s take a look at the roster.

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Last Minute Tickets – Savings, Buying, Price Trends

last-minuteWe know time is money, so we’re providing you with a 30-second recap of our blog post and examples:

  • Within 30 days of the event, ticket prices for 350 events dropped 20% or more
  • Save up to 80% on event tickets when you buy last-minute
  • On average, a person buys a ticket to an event 42 days before
  • 25% of people who purchased tickets bought the week of the event
  • 2.5% of total sales are made the day of the event
  • More people bought NBA tickets the day of the game than any other day

As with any market, this is a result of Economics 101, supply and demand. There is also a relationship between price and demand – the more people want, the more it will cost; as holds true, the less people want, the less it will cost. Every ticket essentially has an expiration date and time; that being, when the game, concert, or show begins. As an event approaches, demand for tickets decreases as most fans have already purchased tickets. When demand is low (as in this case) and the supply goes up (or remains constant), prices go down. Sellers not only want to get rid of their unsold inventory, choosing to take a small cut on the tickets they are holding on to than risk not selling their tickets at all, they are forced to drop their prices because demand for tickets from potential buyers hardly exists. Often, tickets being resold at the last minute are listed for lower than face value, savings to be had by buyers who are brave enough to wait until game time. After the jump, we’ll show you some examples of price drops leading up to an event, discuss last minute buying patterns, and finish with how Razorgator’s new eTickets app can save you money.

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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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