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Photo of Mario Williams of the Buffalo Bills standing on the sidelines during a practice session. 

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It's been six short years since Houston Texans GM Charley Casserly made one of the boldest moves in NFL draft history. Reggie Bush, Matt Leinhart and Vince Young were can't miss prospects and former college football royalty. Instead, the Texans opted for the physically gifted Mario Williams out of North Carolina State University.

Photo of Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City. Former home arena of the Quebec Nordiques. 

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It's been 17 long years since professional hockey was played in Colisse de Quebec; former home of the Quebec Nordiques. When attendances dwindled and the Canadian dollar began to weaken, the franchise fell upon hard times because the players' salaries were paid in American dollars. Almost two decades later, it looks as if the city has a legitimate shot at reclaiming their former franchise via an expansion or relocation. A relocation would be much cheaper for all parties involved.

Photo of quarterback Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos.

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The NFL's most talked about player will begin play in the league's largest stadium this fall. What Tim Tebow brings to the New York Jets isn't exactly out of this world talent, but instead, a fan base that's going to be intrigued by his name on the roster. As of 2012, there is currently a waiting list to become a New York Jets season ticket holder which means that there are more than 80,000 season ticket holders for Jets games. 

Photo of pitcher Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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With more than $100 million already committed to 8 Phillies players in 2013, it will be very unlikely that the Philadelphia Phillies will be able to extend the 2008 World Series MVP. At the age of 29, it is imperative for him to get every dime he can get out of the ball club. It's not that the Phillies don't want to keep Cole Hamels in a Phillies uniform. This is a numbers game and both Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay are inked in for more than $20 million next season.

Exterior photo of the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Home of the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Like American Airlines, AT&T and Target, PNC Financial now possesses the naming rights to two professional sports venues stadiums. They include PNC Park in Pittsburgh, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and PNC Arena in Raleigh, home of the Carolina Hurricanes. After spending ten seasons branded as the RBC Center (Royal Bank of Canada), the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes will be playing in freshly named PNC Arena.

Photo of the ice rink at HersheyPark Arena. Home of the Hershey Bears.

Image Credit: Bruce C. Cooper (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Unlike many historical stadiums and arenas, HersheyPark Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania has been standing vacant for ten years and has yet to meet it's destruction. It is perhaps known more for Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game than the home of the Amateur Hockey League's Hershey Bears for 66 years. And Hershey, Pennsylvania is perhaps known more for it's chocolate factory than it's hockey team. We're pretty sure Hershey residents prefer to have it it that way anyway.

Photo of downtown Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Image Credit: Daryl Mitchell (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The NHL finally made it's way back to Winnipeg, Manitoba this past season when they inherited the Atlanta Thrashers. The Jets have sold out every single game at their home arena; the MTS Centre.  When will the NHL get smart and discontinue the trend of trying to expand the game into U.S. markets? Well, the case of the Winnipeg Jets may help put an end to U.S. expansions or at least expansions in the southern United States. Attendances for Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes games have been atrocious. 

Exterior photo of Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Our staff's trip to Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, was our first trip to an NHL game. Though a small market franchise and city, neither disappointed by any means. The Blue Jackets were victorious 3-1 over the Los Angeles Kings. As a kid and young adult, I had only attended minor league hockey games to see teams such as the Cincinnati Cyclones, the Knoxville Ice Bears and the old Kentucky Thoroughblades. That's really where my love for the game grew. The play and atmosphere that can be found in hockey arenas is way different than that of Major League Baseball, the NBA and NFL. 

Photo of SoDo in Seattle, Washington. 

Image Credit: Ian Sane (CC BY 2.0)

It's been 88 long years since Seattle was home to an NHL team; the old Seattle Metropolitans. The Metropolitans were the 1917 Stanley Cup Champions. It's also been 4 short years since Seattle was home to an NBA team; the old Seattle Supersonics relocated to Oklahoma City. A group of investors in Seattle are trying to come together to fund a new venue that would bring two professional franchises back to the city.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers signing autographs.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers just became the first Major League Baseball player to win an appeal against the league after being suspended. Congratulations to you, sir. Many of you are still not convinced that he is innocent and why shouldn't you be? When we see buff players like Frank Thomas, Ryan Howard and Jim Thome, we automatically assume that they have taken performance enhancing drugs to get to their size and hit all of those home runs. Not always the case.

  Fan Cost Index chart.

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The fan cost index (FCI) is a sports statistic that has been around for several years now. Very few sports fans will be able to tell you what the fan cost index entails and how it affects the average sports fan. But don't you worry because our staff is going to break the term down to make it easy to understand. 

 Photo of the field at FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns.

Eight Sundays per year, NFL stadiums transform into all day festivals compared to the other three professional sports leagues. There are 41 home games per year in the NBA, 41 home games per year in the NHL and 81 home games per year in Major League Baseball. With less home games, the cost of seeing your favorite NFL team comes with an expensive price tag. We have prepared a list of the four most expensive NFL stadiums to see a game in. It comes as no surprise that the most expensive stadiums to see a game in can be found in some of the country's largest cities. 

 Photo of the national anthem being sung at an NHL game.

For the most part, the National Hockey League is home to very affluent fan bases according to studies. Attendance at NHL games during the most recent recession was just as strong as the years prior. NHL fans are a very dedicated fan base that gladly spends money on the game that they love. Additionally, it's obvious that the largest NHL markets are found primarily in Canada and the northern United States. Here are the attendance numbers for all 30 NHL teams for the 2010-2011 NHL season.

Photo of the court at the TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics.

NBA teams are showing smaller attendances compared to the league's peak in the 1980's and 1990's. There are many factors contributing to that trend. The high costs of attending an NBA game doesn't help the league's popularity nor does the NBA's 2nd lockout in twelve years. The large TV deals on the horizon for the league will keep even more fans at home. Here are the attendance standings for the 2010-2011 NBA season. See how many fans showed up to see your favorite team.

 

Aside from Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals), no other NFL stadium was at less than 80% capacity during the 2011 NFL season. Of the 32 NFL stadiums, four of them averaged crowds at more than capacity. Here are the 2011 NFL attendance numbers for all 32 teams. How did your favorite team fare in attendance?

 Photo of the playing field at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

In a sport where no revenue is shared, nothing forecasts a team's spending like the number of fans that showed up to games the previous season. Here are the MLB attendance standings for the 2011 Major League Baseball season. How did your favorite team fare in attendance? 

 Photo of Richfield Coliseum from the parking lot.

Before Lebron James and Quicken Loans Arena, the Cleveland Cavaliers called the old Richfield Coliseum home. Richfield Coliseum had a lot of history for an arena located 40 minutes from downtown Cleveland and nicknamed "The Palace on the Prairie". Perhaps the most notable event to take place there was the boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner; a fight that brought the "Rocky" Series to life.

Photo taken from the upper level of American Airlines Arena during a Miami Heat home game.

Image Credit: Bob B. Brown (CC BY-ND 2.0)

American Airlines Arena is located in sunny Miami, Florida which actually seems to hinder the arena's attendance. Though our staff has never attended a game at American Airlines Arena, we often hear statements about why the venue seems to be half-full or lifeless compared to other NBA arenasIt can't be the team; Lebron James and Dwayne Wade are in the Heat lineup and comprise one of the most exciting teams in the NBA. The lack of attendance could actually be the result of a number of factors.

 Photo of the court at KeyArena, home of the Seattle Supersonics.

If you're an NBA fan that has been attending games since the 1980's, you've probably noticed the difference in the atmosphere these days. Not only is the quality of play not what it used to be but the fan experience isn't what it used to be either. Ticket sales are down. Players don't play hard until the playoffs heat up. The Commissioner of the NBA blocks trades. Players only want to stay a year or two in college and are never fully developed. If you're an NBA fan that got to see a game in one of the following three arenas during the league's glory days; consider yourself lucky. 

Photo of the ice at Joe Louis Arena, former home of the Detroit Red Wings.

There are really no modern NHL arenas that can compare to former venues such as Civic Arena (Pittsburgh Penguins), Maple Leaf Gardens (Toronto Maple Leafs) and the Montreal Forum (Montreal Canadiens). All three arenas which are now defunct, exuded character, history and fanfare. Newer NHL arenas such as Bridgestone Arena (Nashville Predators) and Gila River Arena (Arizona Coyotes) are shiny but very corporate. Gone are the days when history meant something; club seating, private suites and bells and whistles seem to be the driving force behind the construction of new NHL arenas. Here are three now defunct NHL arenas that hockey fans truly miss.

Exterior photo of the Astrodome, former home of the Houston Oilers.

Before mega NFL stadiums like AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys) and Metlife Stadium (New York Giants and Jets) were constructed and labeled with tacky corporate names, there were the classic cookie-cutter NFL stadiums. Today, fans know that the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos are franchises with a ton of history. But they know very little about where that history was established. The following three NFL stadiums may be gone but they will never be forgotten.