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Here our editors will bring you plenty of news coverage on tickets, ballparks, stadiums and arenas as they pertain to the NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA.  If you have any questions or suggestions pertaining to the articles, feel free to 'Contact Us' via the navigation bar.

Photo of James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Image Credit: Erik Drost (CC BY 2.0)

The glory days of the NBA may have surpassed but that doesn't mean us fans can't reminisce on our favorite players growing up. We have compiled a list of our top ten greatest NBA players of all time. Our exact ordering may upset some people but these ten players are unanimously the greatest players the game has ever seen.

Photo of Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears dropping back to complete a pass versus the Green Bay Packers.

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America loves their Dallas Cowboys. But aside from the Green Bay Packers, virtually no other NFL franchise can rival the Chicago Bears in terms of overall history. Once called the Decatur Staleys in 1920, the Chicago Bears have retired 14 jersey numbers; the most in the NFL and the third most in professional sports. While this is the ultimate tribute to the club's former players, a more significant tribute has been worn on the sleeves of the Chicago Bears' uniforms for 30 seasons now. 

Photo of New Orleans Saints fans celebrating on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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The chant "Who Dat" has been in circulation throughout the Southern United States for many years, some say even before New Orleans had an NFL franchise (1967). Many people reference the two words in poems, minstrel shows and even on an old jazz record. Others reference St. Augustine High School, LSU and Alcorn State University as the true creators. After all, that's how people in places like Louisiana talk, right? However, the most widely accepted time frame for the chant's creation was in October of 1983 following a loss to the San Francisco 49ers

Photo of Ragnar the Minnesota Vikings mascot. 

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There are a number of battle cries and sayings around the National Football League that many fans are foreign to. Why do New Orleans Saints fans say "Who Dat"? Why do Chicago Bears fans say "Bear Down"? Why do Cincinnati Bengals fans say "Who Dey"? "Skol, Vikings" is another popular saying heard around the league. There are a number of stories about how the saying came about but we'll stick with the most consistent ones.

Photo of a female Cincinnati Bengals fan holding up a Who Dey sign.

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If you're a fan of the National Football League, you've likely seen a variety of chants including "Who Dey" from Cincinnati Bengals fans. While few fans probably know the saying's origin, many seem to think that Bengals fans stole the saying from the New Orleans Saints or the LSU Tigers. Let's clear it all up once and for all.

Photo of the Rip City sign in Portland, Oregon.

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After being founded in 1970, the Portland Trail Blazers had never had a mascot until 2002 when they adopted "Blaze the Trail Cat". However, the team has had a special nickname for many years dating back to it's inaugural season in 1970-1971.

Photo of Malkin and Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Once upon a time, before the NHL's formation, hockey jerseys were known as "sweaters". Why you ask? Because that's exactly what they were. The game was played on frozen ponds. Many organized hockey teams had minimal funds so they would all buy the same sweater from a store and simply write their name and number on the back. Humble beginnings but isn't that part of what makes hockey so nostalgic and special? See if your favorite NHL team made our list of the top ten best NHL jerseys. 

 Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns. 

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Out of the 4 major professional sports leagues, it's safe to say that the NBA has almost been the most creative and have always been the most willing to push the envelope with wild colors and designs. Did you see the Christmas Day uniforms in 2013? You get the idea. See if your favorite NBA team made our list of the top ten best NBA jerseys. 

Photo of Philadelphia Eagles players at Lincoln Financial Field. 

Ever since Nike took over Reebok's throne as the NFL's jersey merchandiser in 2012, there has been an obvious improvement in the design and quality of jerseys. They are better fitting and more flattering, boast brighter and more solid colors and their sales for the league have been strong.  See if your favorite team made our list of the NFL's top ten best jerseys.

Photo of Atlanta Braves players signing autographs. 

Sporting baseball jerseys to our favorite ballparks during the summertime is a beautiful thing. I sported a Barry Bonds jersey as a child and maybe one day, my son will be wearing a Mike Trout jersey to his first game. Below, we have compiled a list of the top ten coolest MLB jerseys in the game. See if your favorite team's jersey made the list. 

Black and white photo of the Harlem Rens basketball team.

Image Credit: Mark Mauno (CC BY 2.0) 

The origins of basketball are well documented. Dr. James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts and went on to help jumpstart the Kansas Jayhawk basketball program. From then until the start of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1946 there was a huge chunk of basketball history that remains unknown to most basketball fans. 

Exterior photo of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

After visiting Bankers Life Fieldhouse for an Indiana Pacers game the previous night, our staff visited up Lucas Oil Stadium to take in a Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals game. This was our third NFL Stadium as a staff and the Colts won big time over the Bengals and held them scoreless. According to Stadium Journey Magazine, Lucas Oil Stadium was rated as the best stadium in the NFL. My final impression? No way.

Exterior photo of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers. 

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, formerly called Conseco Fieldhouse, is perhaps one of the most underrated venues in professional sports. The city of Indianapolis, Indiana only has two professional sporting venues so our staff felt very fortunate to be able to see them both on the same weekend. (Read our review of Lucas Oil Stadium). Even though Indianapolis is a small market sports city, it may be one of the best sports cities in America per capita. Not only is it home to the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts, it is also home to the WNBA's Indiana Fever, Triple-A minor league baseball, Butler University basketball, the Indianapolis 500 and is the headquarters of the NCAA.

Photo of a ticket office outside of an arena. 

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Ecommerce is as big today as it's ever been. Likewise, getting tickets to your favorite event is as easy as it's ever been. There are a ton of ticket brokers and companies out there; enough to make your head spin. However, they weren't all created equally. Below are some of our favorites and we've provided you with plenty of background information to help you distinguish each from one another.

Stock photo of a ticket office outside of a large arena.      

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If we had to guess what percentage of sports fans that could distinguish between Stubhub and Ticketmaster, we would place that mark at around 5%. Both companies sell tickets, sure, but their models are completely different.

Photo of Denver Broncos players celebrating a touchdown in the end zone.

Image Credit: KA Sports Photos (CC BY-SA 2.0)

See how much money your favorite NFL team spent on payroll during the 2014 NFL season. 

Photo of Ryan Grant of the Green Bay Packers scoring a touchdown versus the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field.

Image Credit: Mike Morbeck (CC BY-SA 2.0)

See how much money your favorite NFL team spent on payroll during the 2013 NFL season. 

Photo of a Detroit Pistons game at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Image Credit: Kevin Ward (CC BY-SA 2.0)

See how much money your favorite NBA team spent on payroll during the 2012-2013 NBA season. 

Photo of the Washington Wizards versus the Denver Nuggets. 

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See how much money your favorite NBA team spent on payroll during the 2013-2014 NBA season. 

Photo of Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers battling Baron Davis of the Golden State Warriors. 

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See how much money in payroll your favorite NBA team spent during the 2014-2015 NBA season.

Photo of the Boston Bruins versus the New Jersey Devils.

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See how much money your favorite NHL team spent on payroll during the 2014-2015 season.