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Montreal Canadiens Players during a morning skate at the Bell Centre 

The morning skate is an NHL tradition that has been around since the 1970’s. With the 16 game winning streak that the Columbus Blue Jackets displayed this season, the morning skate is a hockey tradition that could soon end. The Columbus Blue Jackets and head coach John Tortorella have abandoned morning skates in an effort to keep the team as fresh as possible. But how did the morning skate tradition start to begin with?

The Air Canada Centre, Home of the Toronto Maple Leafs

For many consecutive seasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs have boasted the most expensive tickets in the NHL when it comes to resale value. According to TiqIQ, the average ticket to a Toronto Maple Leafs home game costs $374 on the secondary ticket market (marketplaces like Stubhub, SeatGeek, etc). That's nearly $100 more expensive than the average ticket to a Vancouver Canucks home game. The Canucks boast the second most expensive tickets on the NHL's secondary ticket market. In an effort to combat the lucrative resale market of Toronto Maple Leafs single game tickets, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) are raising season ticket prices to cut into the profit margins of scalpers. Many fans and individuals in the ticketing and entertainment industry are skeptical that this is a solution that will work. Won't ticket scalpers just raise their asking price in order to recoup that money?

BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field

On August 20th, 2017, Major League Baseball comes to Williamsport, Pennsylvania's historic BB&T Ballpark at Bowman Field, home of the Little League World Series. The game will be known as the MLB Little League Classic and will be played between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game will be broadcast on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball and is being orchestrated by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player's Association. 

When the Hartford Whalers relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina a little over two decades ago, NHL fans weren't completely confident that the National Hockey League could survive in a southern market like North Carolina. Turns out, they may have been right. Despite winning the Stanley Cup Championship in 2006, the Carolina Hurricanes have only made the playoffs on one occasion since then. The Hurricanes have also struggled with attendance and failed to create a rabid fan base like other southern market teams like the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Staples Center, Home of the Los Angeles Clippers

Steve Ballmer, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and Stan Kroenke, owner of the Los Angeles Rams, are currently in discussions about bringing the Los Angeles Clippers to Inglewood, California. Inglewood is the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers who played at The Forum (also called the Great Western Forum) from 1967 to 1999. The move would be an effort for the two organizations to capitalize on the mixed-use development that Stan Kroenke (a real estate mogul) is currently building. 

Stubhub Center, Temporary Home of the Los Angeles Chargers

The San Diego Chargers have relocated to Los Angeles, California and will begin play at a temporary home stadium in 2017; the Stubhub Center in Carson, California. The Chargers will also play their 2018 home games at the Stubhub Center. Their new home stadium in Inglewood, California will be completed in 2019 and will be the most expensive stadium in the NFL. The Stubhub Center will be the smallest stadium in the NFL for the next two seasons which will create a high demand and limited supply of Los Angeles Chargers tickets. The team's decision to play their home games at such a small venue is an effort to help the Chargers begin to build a strong foundation of a fan base in the Los Angeles area. The Stubhub Center is also home to Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy.

Globe Life Park, Home of the Texas Rangers 

Owning season tickets for your favorite NHL, NFL, NBA or MLB teams are a common dream for many fans and their families. Particularly with NFL fans, we've all heard stories of families that have had season tickets and the exact same seats passed down through a number of generations. I've even met a sports fan in Detroit that is a season ticket holder for the city's four professional teams. However, the stark reality for many of us is we either just don't have the money to purchase season tickets or the time to justify the purchase. Is becoming a season ticket holder worth the hassle?

Jeffrey Loria, Owner of the Miami Marlins

Jeffrey Loria, owner of Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins, is currently in discussions with outside investors about potentially selling the team. Interested parties include Joshua Kushner, a venture capitalist from New York City and brother-in-law to Ivanka Trump. Kushner along with Joshua Meyer, another in-law, would purchase the team along with other investors that have yet to be named.

Stadium Site near Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Neveada

Financial services giant Goldman Sachs has withdrawn it's financial support for the potential future home stadium of the Oakland Raiders. The Oakland Raiders are attempting to relocate to Las Vegas, Nevada. Goldman Sachs, headquartered in Manhattan, are the second group to withdraw their financial support from the Las Vegas Raiders financial pool. Hotel mogul Sheldon Adelson has also withdrawn his financial support for a new stadium that would likely be built near the famous Las Vegas strip. 

Qualcomm Stadium, Former Home of the San Diego Chargers 

San Diego has always been a small sports market but I was skeptical that they would ever lose their beloved Chargers. The Chargers called San Diego home for 56 years and were one of the hallmark teams of the American Football League. What could San Diego residents have done to keep the team in San Diego?

Las Vegas, Nevada. Future Home of the Oakland Raiders.

The Oakland Raiders organization has officially filed the paperwork necessary to relocate the team to Las Vegas, Nevada. The move comes after many years of speculation that the team would be relocating to a larger sports market such as Los Angeles, California. The potential move will first need to be approved by at least 75% of the league's owners. That vote will take place in March of 2017. The National Hockey League has beaten the NFL to the punch in becoming the first professional sports team in the city. 

Aaron Rodgers doing the Lambeau Leap at Lambeau Field 

Photo Source: FoxSports.com 

The first Lambeau Leap took place on December 26th, 1993 when Reggie White picked up a fumble and lateraled to defensive back Leroy Butler for a touchdown. Butler entered celebration mode and leaped into the arms of the fans in the first row of Lambeau Field's south end zone. The Green Bay Packers were playing the Los Angeles Raiders in what was the third coldest game in Green Bay Packers history at the time (19 degrees below 0). The Packers went on to shutout the Los Angeles Raiders 28-0.

Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center

The Milwaukee Bucks have been playing their home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center since 1988. After NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave the Milwaukee Bucks organization an ultimatum in 2013 to either relocate to another city or build a brand new arena, the Milwaukee Bucks immediately began making moves. The Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center will debut at the beginning of the 2018-2019 NBA season.

Little Caesar's Arena, Future Home of the Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons are relocating to downtown Detroit for the 2017-2018 NBA season to share Little Caesar's Arena with the Detroit Red Wings. The move comes rather unexpected after it was previously speculated that the Pistons would stay at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan; their home arena since 1988. The move will put all four of Detroit's professional sports teams within blocks of each other. Little Caesar's Arena will also be the 11th arena that hosts both an NBA and NHL franchise under the same roof.

The Canadian Tire Centre, Home of the Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators ownership group (RendezVous Group) are following in the footsteps of the Edmonton Oilers and the Detroit Red Wings by proposing plans for a mixed use development and a brand new arena for the team. The project will be built in the LeBreton Flats on the edge of downtown Ottawa and will be called IllumiNATION LeBreton. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is helping the project gain steam which will cost nearly $3.5 billion to construct. The Senators currently play their home games at the Canadiena Tire Centre in Kanata, just outside of Ottawa.

The Scottrade Center, Home of the St. Louis Blues 

Now that the dust has settled from the St. Louis Rams vacancy, St. Louis city officials and the St. Louis Blues organization are lobbying for multi-million dollar renovations to the Scottrade Center. Many area residents and St. Louis Blues fans won't argue that the arena is in need of a little tender, love and care. However, the city's taxpayers are going to end up footing the majority of the renovation costs which has become a common theme in America's professional sports leagues.

 Wrigleyville Rooftops

If you've ever sat atop one of the many Wrigleyville rooftops behind Wrigley Field and felt cheated, don't feel bad. Marc Hamid, the former owner of the Skybox on Sheffield, was just sentenced to 18 months in prison for defrauding the Chicago Cubs organization via mail fraud and illegal bank structuring. The prosecuting attorneys were originally seeking an 8 year prison sentence for Hamid. 

The Texas Rangers organization are already making plans for the construction of a new ballpark to replace Globe Life Park in Arlington which is only 23 years old. New renderings of the proposed stadium have surfaced and many can't believe but comment on how similar the renderings resemble Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. The new ballpark wouldn't open until circa 2020 or 2021 and the proposed design of the stadium is not final. 

Nationwide Arena, Home of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Nationwide Arena has served as the home arena to the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets since 2000. In 2011, Nationwide Realty Investors, the arena's owner, sold the arena to the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority for a little over $40 million. Since then, the convention authority has pushed for the arena to be designated as exempt from paying property taxes.

 Hat Trick at PNC Arena, Home of the Carolina Hurricanes

Hockey's hat trick tradition is perhaps the most unique tradition in all of professional sports. For those of you that may not follow the National Hockey League as closely as other sports, a hat trick is when one player scores three goals in one game. To honor the player's performance, the hockey fans in the stands will then throw their hats onto the ice. 

T-Mobile Arena, Home of the Vegas Golden Knights

Professional sports has finally arrived in Sin City. The National Hockey League's 31st team will be known as the Vegas Golden Knights; the NHL's first expansion team since 2000. No one thought hockey would be the first sport to land in the desert, however, Las Vegas businessman and Golden Knights owner Bill Foley fell in love with the sport many years ago and has teamed up with the Maloof Family to make his dream a reality.