Spurs Look to Repeat as NBA Champions

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The San Antonio Spurs will begin their title defense on October 28th when they host the Dallas Mavericks.  The home opener is the most in-demand game on the Spurs schedule this season, as the average ticket price is currently $348 on the secondary market.  That is quite a premium for Spurs tickets as the average price for the entire season is just $115.

Below is a breakdown of the most in-demand games on the Spurs 2014-15 schedule, based on the average price of tickets on the secondary market:

October 28, 2014 vs. Dallas Mavericks | Average Ticket Price = $348 | Get-In Ticket Price = $146

The home opener will be a treat for all fans as the Spurs raise another banner to the rafters.  Throw in a matchup against the team that gave them the most difficult time during last year’s postseason run, and fans can expect an entertaining evening.  Dallas has retooled its lineup this offseason with the acquisition of former Rockets forward Chandler Parsons so expect a tight contest.

March 12, 2015 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | Average Ticket Price = $297 | Get-In Ticket Price = $77

The Spurs defeated the Miami Heat last year in the Finals, but they won’t get to face the team’s MVP until March 12th.  That’s because LeBron James has returned to Cleveland to try and bring home a title for the Cavaliers.  Spurs vs. Cavs tickets have an average price just under $300, but the get-in price is a much more manageable $77.

December 25, 2014 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder | Average Ticket Price = $202 | Get-In Ticket Price = $41

The Christmas Day game against the Oklahoma City Thunder is the third most in-demand game on the list, though this could drastically change based on the health of superstar Kevin Durant. Durant recently had successful surgery on his right foot, according to the Seattle Times. He will be re-examined in six weeks which leads us to the beginning of December.  Knowing Durant’s freak athleticism, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him suit up within the six week time frame, but if he were to miss this game, expect ticket prices to drop.

December 12, 2014 vs. Los Angeles Lakers | Average Ticket Price = $195 | Get-In Ticket Price = $35

The Lakers of the early 2000’s are not walking through the ATT Center doors anytime soon, but they are still one of the biggest draws in the NBA.  Kobe Bryant will look to return the Lakers to the postseason and a win early in the season against the Spurs would prove LA is for real.

March 25, 2015 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder | Average Ticket Price = $183 | Get-In Ticket Price = $36

The Thunder’s final visit to San Antonio is cheaper than the Christmas Day game and Durant should be back for this meeting, pending another injury or an unforeseen continued difficulty with his foot.  With just a few weeks to go before the postseason, this late March matchup could be another preview of the 2015 Western Conference Finals.

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Top Dallas Stars Games of 2014

AmericanAirlinesCenterAs they enter Tuesday night’s home matchup with the Vancouver Canucks, the Dallas Stars sit at 2-1-2, good for 3rd place currently in the Central Division.  Their last three games they have certainly not lacked for goals with a total of 12 pucks getting behind opposing goalies, including Tyler Seguin’s hat trick last week against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kari Lehtonen has been in net for all five games thus far, looking excellent at times, but inconsistent at others.

The Stars know it will be an uphill battle to win the central division this season with the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues heavily favored and the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild lurking right behind.  Not helping things has been Nashville’s terrific start as the Predators have opened the season’s first five games with three victories and two overtime losses.  Nonetheless, the Stars have the talent to get to the postseason and make a deep run…but they need to get their first.

Stars fans have come out in droves this season as they’ve sold out both home games thus far this season, including a thrilling season opener against the Blackhawks. On the secondary market, the average price for Dallas Stars tickets is currently $120.  The cheapest game remaining is actually Tuesday’s tilt with Vancouver which has an average ticket price of $69 currently and a get-in price of just $13.

If you’re looking to see the Stars in action this season, below is a breakdown of the top five most in-demand games on the Stars schedule, based on average ticket price on the secondary market:

March 21, 2015 vs. Chicago Blackhawks | Average Ticket Price = $214 | Get-in Ticket Price = $54

The Blackhawks next and final visit is the most expensive game of the year with an average ticket price of $214.  Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane expect to be the biggest competition for the Central Division title this season, so this could be a hugely important game for both teams.

December 29, 2014 vs. New York Rangers | Average Ticket Price = $211 | Get-in Ticket Price = $38

The defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers will visit two days before the New Year.  The get-in price for Stars vs. NY Rangers tickets is only $38 right now so you certainly don’t have to spend a ton of money to see the Rangers’ one visit to Dallas this season.

February 21, 2015 vs. Detroit Red Wings | Average Ticket Price = $204 | Get-in Ticket Price = $38

The Detroit Red Wings are now in the Eastern Conference so they only visit once a year, as opposed to seasons past.  Fans will have to pay top dollar to see the Wings on the ice as the average ticket price is currently $204.

January 20, 2015 vs. Boston Bruins | Average Ticket Price = $196 | Get-in Ticket Price = $34

Tyler Seguin’s former squad visits in late-January for a non-conference matchup.  This game actually has the lowest get-in price of the list at just $34.

March 19, 2015 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins | Average Ticket Price = $192 | Get-in Ticket Price = $38

Sidney Crosby and company will visit the American Airlines Center just two days before the Blackhawks in March for the fifth most in-demand game on the schedule.  The average price for Stars vs. Penguins tickets is $192, 12% cheaper than the Chicago game.

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F1 World Championship Still up for Grabs

LewisHamilton20141This past weekend, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton took home the Russian Grand Prix, extending his championship lead over teammate Nico Rosberg to 17 points.  This was Hamilton’s ninth win of the year and his fourth in a row, as he continues his incredibly impressive 2014 campaign.  Hamilton sits atop the F1 table and has cemented himself as the best driver of the year, but the chase for the World Championship is still up for grabs. One thing that was finalized last weekend and that was the constructors championship, which Mercedes claimed for the first time ever.

Hamilton was threatened early in the Russian Grand Prix from Rosberg, but the German locked up his tires while trying to pass Hamilton on the races first turn and was forced onto an escape road. This left Lewis Hamilton alone at the races front and the penalty for leaving the course left Rosberg playing catchup the rest of the race. Rosberg also had to the pit to change his tires and Hamilton never again yielded the lead.

Rosberg was at the back of the pack for much of the race, but eventually climbed up and was firmly entrenched in second place.  At one point, he was about twenty seconds behind Hamilton and closing the gap.  But Hamilton, as most star athletes do, put his car into another gear and posted his fastest lap of the day as Rosberg was gaining on him to cement his lead against his teammate.

Next up on the Formula One schedule is the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.  The race will kick off on Friday for Practices 1 and 2, then Practice 3 and the Qualifying stage will take place on Saturday.  Then, the race will occur on Sunday, November 2nd.  Currently, a three-day pass for US Grand Prix tickets costs a minimum of $179 for a general admissions grounds pass.  If you’re looking for an actual grandstand seat, the get-in price is $302 for the three day pass.

The cheapest tickets are for Friday’s session, as to be expected, with US Grand Prix tickets beginning at just $9 for a general admissions pass. Saturday’s session will cost a minimum of $36. Actual US Grand Prix race tickets begin at $139.  The cheapest grandstand seats you will be able to find start at $202.

With just three races to go, Lewis Hamilton will look to continue his winning ways and take home the victory in Austin.  The United States Grand Prix is one of the most exciting and entertaining sporting events to take place during the year so make sure you don’t miss out!

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