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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 a sheet of Super Bowl tickets.

Even for fans that only follow the National Football League casually, attending the Super Bowl in person is on the bucket list of many NFL fans. Getting tickets to this mega event is not as hard as once before thanks to websites like the NFL Ticket Exchange, Stubhub and Ebay.

View of the field at Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics.

As expected, the surprise team of the 2011 Major League Baseball season will hike their ticket prices by an average of 9% next season. More than 3 Million fans flocked to the beautiful Miller Park in Milwaukee this season to see Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and company.

Photo of the ice at Bell MTS Place. Home of the Winnipeg Jets.

The Winnipeg Jets organization has recently suspended several season ticket holders for violating the resale clause they signed when purchasing season tickets. Not many franchises would ever take this measure. Especially the NFL who has implemented a blackout rule for stadiums that do not sell enough tickets. With online ticket brokers like Stubhub and Ticketmaster at the fingertips of virtually every hockey fan; selling, buying and upgrading tickets to events is now easier than ever. Although such websites exist, ticket scalping is still a common practice outside of stadiums and arenas in North America. 

Photo of the field at Paul Brown Stadium from the club level, home of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Carson Palmer thought his days as an NFL quarterback were over. Disgruntled and unhappy with the Cincinnati Bengals organization and it's stubborn owner Mike Brown, Palmer vowed to never play a game in a Cincinnati Bengals uniform again. The only thing that stood in Carson's way of properly exiting was the big fat contract he had signed with the Bengals a few years earlier.

Photo of the playing field at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

After spending millions of dollars this past off season to acquire Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox fans should be disgusted with their team's performance. And they are. Although the team won 90 games this season which would make them a lock for the MLB playoffs in any other division; they posted a losing record during their final 20 games.


Our staff has written numerous articles on the correlation between small market teams, ticket sales and team revenue. As you can probably imagine, we were excited to finally see a movie documenting the sometimes uneven playing field in Major League BaseballBaseball is a money sport and it became that when people like you and I began spending $150 on a single ticket or $100 on a player's jersey.

Photo of the Peyton Manning statue outside of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Anyone that regularly follows NFL headlines is aware that Peyton Manning recently underwent neck surgery; his second surgery in  four months. Because Peyton is expected to miss a great portion of the 2011 season, many Indianapolis Colts fans are deciding not to attend Indianapolis Colts games at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Photo of Cincinnati Reds fans outside of Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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 Citi Field from the upper level. Home of the New York Mets.

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?

Photo of the field at PNC Park from the upper level. Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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 Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers fans fighting in the stands.

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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 Sun Devil Stadium construction in Tempe, Arizona.

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. 

 "I have tickets" stock photo.

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 Target Field in Minneapolis. Home of the Minnesota Twins.

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 a box office outside of a stadium.

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 the ice at Nassua Veterans Memorial Coliseum, home of the New York Islanders.

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 the field at Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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.


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.

 Photo of AT&T Park from the upper level. Home of the San Francisco Giants.

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.

 View of the field at Great American Ball Park from the moon deck. Home of the Cincinnati Reds.

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.