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Photo of Great American Ball Park and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Image Credit: Redlegsfan21 - Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

According to Cincinnati Bengals' Owner Mike Brown, Hamilton County taxpayers got a hell of a deal with the half cent increase to pay for Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium. This is a pretty bold statement from an owner who refuses to sell the stadium's naming rights which could be put towards Paul Brown Stadium's debt.

Photo of a poorly attended New York Mets game at Citi Field.

Image Credit: Takahiro Nagao (CC BY 2.0)

If you have ever used Groupon, you know what great deals and discounts one can receive on gift certificates. But did you know you can also purchase tickets to Major League Baseball games as well?

Panorama of the field at PNC Park. Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Image Credit: Peter Rieke (CC BY 2.0)

OK, so the Pittsburgh Pirates are not too awful this year. They are 63-75 in the standings as of today. Good for fourth place and 18.5 games back in the always competitive National League Central. In 2010, the Pittsburgh Pirates finished dead last in the National League Central division with a record of 57-105. 

Photo of a group of fans fighting at a Major League Baseball game. 

Image Credit: David Owen (CC BY 2.0)

Sports fans around the world took notice to the series of violent events that occurred this past week at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California (home of the San Francisco 49ers). Not only were there multiple scuffles throughout the stadium but there was even a violent shooting in the parking lot. The total number of arrests for the day totaled in at a staggering 40 people. 

Photo of the construction site at AT&T Stadium. Home of the Dallas Cowboys. 

Image Credit: John Tornow (CC BY 2.0)

It is 2011 and there are still plenty of professional teams that are in dire need of a new stadium to call home. Funding a stadium's construction almost always seem to be the primary issue. Among the professional sports teams to recently build new stadiums are the Minnesota Twins, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts as well as the New York Giants and New York Jets. Los Angeles is fighting for an NFL franchise which would obviously require the construction of a new stadium somewhere in the metro area. Here is just a brief update of new stadiums you just might get to visit in the future. 

Photo of a ticket scalper holding a sign that reads "I Need Tickets". 

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Two of the most dreaded people to do business with are dentists and car salesmen. Ticket scalpers cannot be much further down the list. Just like the sports franchises that charge you $8 for a beer at their stadium, ticket scalpers wish to capitalize on your demand. 

Photo of a rain delay at Wrigley Field. Home of the Chicago Cubs.

Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs

Image Credit: Chris Metcalf (CC BY 2.0)

Many fans throughout the Major League Baseball season are hesitant to purchase tickets for a game based on the unpredictable weather conditions. So let me clear a few things up for you. In the NFL, officials will only delay a game when lightning or hurricane conditions strike which is very rare. Then again, some NFL teams play their home games indoors. 

Photo of the will call office at Citi Field. Home of the New York Mets.

Image Credit: Peter Bond (CC BY-SA 2.0)

We get this question quite often. While there is some common sense involved, the best practice for buying tickets to professional sporting events depends on which sport you're going to see. 

Photo of a New York Islanders game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Image Credit: Doug Kerr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sports fans see it every year. The owner of a professional sports franchise, usually of a historically poor performing team, asks area residents to help pay for a new stadium or arena. When the idea is rejected or met with poor reception, the owner then threatens to move the team to another city who is willing to go through with construction. 

Photo of Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Image Credit: Neon Tommy (CC BY-SA 2.0)

2011 has been a rough year for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Amid Frank Mccourt's ongoing divorce, the team is facing bankruptcy. The franchise is not sitting very well in the eye of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

Photo of Jim Thome of the Chicago White Sox.

Image Credit: Kimberly N. (CC BY-ND 2.0)

We all know there is plenty of bias in Major League Baseball. Last night, Jim Thome became just the eighth player in MLB history to hit 600 career home runs. Thome is an aging player and is long removed from the days when he and Manny Ramirez were a home run hitting tandem for the Cleveland Indians.

Panoramic photo of AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. Home of the San Francisco Giants. 

Image Credit: Eric Heath (CC BY 2.0)

If you're an avid baseball fan like we are, you're fascinated by the different dimensions of all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. No two stadiums in Major League Baseball are alike, however, there are certain stadiums that favor a pitcher while others favor the hitter.

Photo of the field at Great American Ball Park taken from the outfield. Home of the Cincinnati Reds. 

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I was confident that the first time I would ever see the New York Yankees would be at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. As much as I hate to say it, New York Yankees games are just a little different than other games and have more meaning.

 Baseball fan Mike Nolan of Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

It wasn't that long ago that Major League Baseball was still considered America's favorite pastime. This was, of course, before the "Steroid Era" and the lockout of 1994. However, there are still millions of baseball fans out there that still hold this game close to their heart and have made baseball their lifelong hobby.

Photo of Carmelo Anthony driving to the basket versus the Boston Celtics.

Image Credit: Kowarski (CC BY 2.0)

By: Tina Kassangana

“I’m coming home, I’m coming home tell the world I’m coming home”, many die hard New York Knicks fans who cannot afford season tickets, looked with bittersweet eyes as they saw Carmelo Anthony announce he was becoming a New York Knick.

Photo of Marlins Park from the outfield. Home of the Miami Marlins.     

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Fans that follow Major League Baseball with any regularity know that the Florida Marlins are typically at the bottom of the league in terms of attendance and as a result have a very small payroll. However, in just 17 short years they have collected two World Series titles including beating the mighty New York Yankees for the title in 2003.

There have been many Sports movies made over the last 40 years. Many more football and baseball movies than any other sports. We've compiled a list of the top ten best baseball movies of all-time. Did your favorite baseball movie make our list?

Photo of William Sianis and his Billy Goat.

Image Credit: Guano (CC BY-SA 2.0)

In a sports world where fans jump aboard and off the bandwagon on a whim, one must give credit to Chicago Cubs fans. Not since 1908 have Cubs fans been able to celebrate a World Series Championship.

Photo of David Ortiz walking up to the plate versus the New York Yankees.

Image Credit: Arturo Pardavila (CC BY 2.0)

What would you say is the most intense rivalry in all of sports? Ohio State and Michigan in college football? Duke and North Carolina in college basketball? The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics in professional basketball? None of those. Real sports fans know that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox rivalry is unparalleled to any rivalry in any sport.

Photo of an American flag above a hockey rink. 

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The National Hockey League is popular in the United States. Don't get us wrong. But after reading for days on the topic of hockey's popularity in Canada, the answer is complex and seems to lie in the geography and climate. The two hockey powerhouses internationally are clearly Canada and Russia; both of those countries have chilly climates most of the calendar year and produce most the NHL's talent.

Photo of young boys playing baseball in the Dominican Republic.

Image Credit: Ian Bruce (CC BY 2.0)

There are many misconceptions about the foundation and origin of baseball in the Dominican Republic. No, American Marines did not teach the game to the local residents in 1916.