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  1. Hotels.com and StubHub Release College Bowl Game Guide

    Today’s Blog Post comes courtesy of Shannon J. Barbara, PR coordinator with StubHub, while Jo is out

    Back in October, we partnered with Hotels.com to bring you some great deals for NFL fans traveling to away cities. This time we teamed up to find the best value for fans during college bowl season. With bowl games already upon us, most fans know where their favorite teams are playing and are starting to make travel plans. Those that waited might be surprised to realize there are still some great deals available. While the much in-demand tickets to the National Championship Game are definitely not on our “best deals” list, fans can still grab reasonably priced tickets to many of the bowl season’s other marquee matchups – with hotel deals to match.

    Here are our top three deals for high quality games:

    Bowl Game: Gator Bowl

    Host City: Jacksonville, Fla.

    Game Day: January 1

    Min. StubHub Ticket Price: $2.35

    Avg. StubHub Ticket Price: $43

    Jacksonville may host the bowl game with the best value, as fans can purchase tickets for as low as $3.50 and lodging along the city’s picturesque riverfront for $150 per night. The Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville Downtown/Southbank (4.3 Hotels.com guest review rating) is minutes from the riverwalks and has rooms from $142, while the riverfront Omni Jacksonville Hotel (4.5 guest rating) offers rooms from $151 and is right across the street from the Jacksonville Landing shopping and dining center.

    Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl

    Host City: New Orleans, La.

    Game Day: January 2

    Min. StubHub Ticket Price: $41

    Avg. StubHub Ticket Price: $171

    If you want to stay within a half-mile of the action, get a room from $182 at the Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown Superdome (4.0 guest rating). The French Quarter also offers many hotel properties centrally located between the stadium and the night life of Bourbon Street, including the Royal Sonesta with rooms from $219 (4.5 guest rating).

    Bowl Game: Orange Bowl

    Host City: Miami, Fla.

    Game Day: January 1

    Min. StubHub Ticket Price: $14

    Avg. StubHub Ticket Price: $60

    While tickets for the big game may be difficult to come by,Miami’s other major bowl game features some of the most affordable prices currently available. Fans seeking the most value need look no further than the Outstanding-rated (4.6) Holiday Inn Express Pembroke Pines-Sheridan Street, which offers rooms from $135 and is within eight miles of the stadium. Those wanting to be in the middle of entertainment and nightlife options can check out theSeminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for rooms from $399 (4.4 guest rating), which is located seven miles from the stadium in Davie, Fla.

    Hope everyone enjoys the college football bowl season! It’s been a pleasure stepping in and guest blogging for these past few months, Jo will return in 2013. Happy Holidays everyone!  

     
     
  2. Heisman Trophy Preview: Will Johnny Football Take College Football’s Biggest Award?

    This Saturday, the most prestigious award of the college football season will be awarded to one of three players: Kansas State QB Collin Klein, Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o, and Texas A&M’s freshman phenom, QB Johnny Manziel. Normally there are upwards to five Heisman Trophy finalists, but this year, there are only three. That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of intrigue surrounding who will take home the prize.

    Collin Klein, the relatively unheralded quarterback for Bill Snyder’s resurgent Wildcats, is coming off an incredible year. Kansas State went undefeated for most of the season and finished with an impressive 11-1 record. While not projected to be a top pick at the NFL level, Klein had been winning games with his unorthodox throwing style and impressive toughness. Sound familiar? He’s been sparking throwback images to a similar former Heisman winner, Tim Tebow. He’s also devoutly religious and didn’t kiss his wife until his wedding day!

    I learned a lot about Klein in this great profile of him after he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated. Unfortunately for Klein, after this issue ran, the infamous SI jinx got him. The Wildcats lost their next game and dropped from the No. 1 ranking at Baylor. Hopefully I didn’t just jinx his Heisman chances!

    Kansas State’s bowl game will be in the Fiesta Bowl against Oregon. If you’re interested in great team offense and excitement, this might be the game for you.

    Johnny Manziel, also known as “Johnny Football,” is the freshman sensation for the Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies, who joined the vaunted SEC for the first time this season, put together an impressive campaign that almost no one predicted. Most of that success can be attributed to their signal caller. Much like Klein, Manziel flew under the radar most of the year before his epic, signature win against the then No. 1 team in the country, Alabama. Manziel will be striving to become the first freshman to win the award and the first Aggie to win since John David Crow won in 1957. This Houston Chronicle profile explains what it means to Texas A&M football and Manziel if he pulls off the historic night.

    Texas A&M will finish the season in arguably the best non-BCS bowl game of the entire slate: squaring off against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.


    The sentimental favorite is the one neck and neck with Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. The emotional core of the Irish defense has been the catalyst for the best season in Notre Dame’s history since the 1980s. Returning the Irish to prominence after decades of mediocrity hasn’t been easy, especially after the tragedy that befell the linebacker back in September. Ahead of the game against Michigan State, Te’o’s grandmother and long-time girlfriend passed away on back-to-back days. Despite dealing with the grief, Te’o had a spectacular game. He then went on to have a few more, leading Notre Dame to their first undefeated season in many years. Greg Couch of Fox Sports wrote an incredible piece on Te’o’s impact on a Notre Dame family grieving over the death of their daughter. It will bring you to tears.

    While I don’t have a horse in the race, it’s hard for me not to pull for Te’o. Even if Manti doesn’t beat Johnny Football for the Heisman, he has bigger fish to fry down in Miami. Notre Dame will be playing SEC- and defending National Champion, Alabama on January 9 for the title. If you’re interested in going, be prepared to pay a pretty penny!

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  3. StubHub: Your Fall Football… Travel Resource?!

    Yes, that’s right! We teamed up with some of the biggest names in travel – Hotels.com and Expedia.com – to give college football and NFL fans insights that will help them plan which teams to see on the road. Not only do we have the insight on which teams offer the best bargains, but our mobile app means you can check-in from the road to find tickets.

    BEST NFL ROAD TRIP BARGAINS

    Earlier this week we teamed up with Hotels.com to announce the top NFL road trip bargains, looking at average NFL ticket prices on StubHub last month and average hotel room rates from the first half of 2012. We found 11 destinations where you can spend a night and get a ticket to the game for less than $310! Our list is below, and you can read more about the findings here

    WHO ARE THE MOST PASSIONATE COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS? THE SOUTH!

    We also joined forces with Expedia to find out where the biggest football fans hail from, and how much they’re paying to cheer on their teams. An online Harris Interactive survey conducted on behalf of Expedia found that the American South loves college football more than residents of any other region. 63% of Americans in the South watch college football, narrowly edging residents of the Midwest (62%). Residents of the South and Midwest were both found to be significantly more likely to watch college football than those in the West (51%) or Northeast (47%).

    StubHub found that, unsurprisingly, fans in the South pay the most for their tickets and are buying a good chunk of them: average ticket prices are 9.1% higher than the national average. The South also comprises a full 50% of college football ticket buyers and transactions and 55% of ticket sales.

    Breaking it down further, we found that, collectively, fans in Texas pay 75% more for college football tickets than residents of the next-highest state, California. California was the only Western state in the top 15 of total ticket sales. On a per-ticket basis, Louisianans pay the most; the average ticket price in Louisiana is $231 per ticket. The national average is $114 per ticket.

     What’s this all mean? College football fans have a lot of options when it comes to picking which game they want to see, but games up north may offer a slightly better bargain if you’re looking to hit the road this season.  

     
     
  4. Are You Ready For Some Football?

    Today’s guest blogger is Shannon Barbara, StubHub’s PR Coordinator and a huge 49ers fan.

    NFL preseason starts next week and there are plenty of tickets (cheap tickets!), available on StubHub for you to see your favorite teams.

    Many games can be attended for under $5, and there are thousands of tickets available for each game, so now’s your chance to visit your favorite stadium and leave your parka behind!


    Thurs., August 9:

    Redskins at Bills
    Ravens at Falcons: (as low as $2.50)

    Fri., August 10:
    Vikings at 49ers
    Cardinals at Chiefs (as low as $1.95)
    Bucs at Dolphins
    Browns at Lions
    Jets at Bengals

    Sat., August 11:- under $12
    Texans at Panthers
    Titans at Seahawks

    Sun., August 12
    Rams at Colts

    If you have any more questions about cheap tickets or trends, feel free to reach out: sbarbara@stubhub.com

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  6. Here’s an hour-by-hour look at the wild ride ticket prices took in the 24 hours prior to the start of the game. I guess this year it really paid to be last at the finish line.
For those of you that are interested, here’s a quick recap by the numbers for SB46:
Final median price - $2500
Super Bowl Sunday median price - $1550
Least expensive ticket purchased - $750 (within the last 30 minutes)
New York and New Jersey buyers outnumbered New England buyers 2:1
Fans from all US States and Canadian Provinces bought tickets on StubHub, as well as Mexico, Japan, and the UK
And a historical comparison on median prices for the last five Super Bowls:
XLV (Packers-Steelers) - $2942
XLIV (Saints-Colts) - $2050
XLIII (Steelers-Cardinals) - $2150
XLII (Giants-Pats) - $3023
XLI (Colts-Bears) - $3495

    Here’s an hour-by-hour look at the wild ride ticket prices took in the 24 hours prior to the start of the game. I guess this year it really paid to be last at the finish line.

    For those of you that are interested, here’s a quick recap by the numbers for SB46:

    • Final median price - $2500
    • Super Bowl Sunday median price - $1550
    • Least expensive ticket purchased - $750 (within the last 30 minutes)
    • New York and New Jersey buyers outnumbered New England buyers 2:1
    • Fans from all US States and Canadian Provinces bought tickets on StubHub, as well as Mexico, Japan, and the UK

    And a historical comparison on median prices for the last five Super Bowls:

    • XLV (Packers-Steelers) - $2942
    • XLIV (Saints-Colts) - $2050
    • XLIII (Steelers-Cardinals) - $2150
    • XLII (Giants-Pats) - $3023
    • XLI (Colts-Bears) - $3495
     
     
  7. Wrapping Up Radio Row for the Day
Thx for having me on today @khrisraye @1067WTLC @LandTShow
More from Radio Row tomorrow.

    Wrapping Up Radio Row for the Day

    Thx for having me on today @khrisraye @1067WTLC @LandTShow

    More from Radio Row tomorrow.

     
     
  8. So THAT’S Who Started the Fur Coat Trend!

                      

    Before there was Tom Brady and Eli Manning, there was Joe Namath. I just got through watching HBO’s fantastic documentary Namath that premiered last weekend, and I couldn’t help but be impressed by the guy who was known as Broadway Joe, among other nicknames. To this day, he remains an engaging personality who, with his guarantee that the underdog Jets would win Super Bowl III, helped make the Super Bowl - and NFL football overall - the spectacle it is today. I could only imagine the kind of soundbites he would deliver if he had access to a Twitter handle at the time! Probably one of quirkiest things I learned in the documentary was that Namath was the first player to sport a full-length fur coat while on the sidelines. Too bad players are banned from doing so today — they would probably rival whatever Madonna’s wearing at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show! If you get a chance, make sure to check out Namath, it’s a fascinating look into this cultural icon.

     
     
  9. Wondering if you can get a good deal on Super Bowl tickets the week before? Wonder no more! Based on last year’s StubHub statistics, this Thursday could be you’re best bet!

    Wondering if you can get a good deal on Super Bowl tickets the week before? Wonder no more! Based on last year’s StubHub statistics, this Thursday could be you’re best bet!

     
     
  10. This week’s Infosnack charts the driving distances between some StubHub purchasers in North America and Lucas Oil Stadium! 3,762 miles from Alaska to Indy- Super Bowl or bust!

    This week’s Infosnack charts the driving distances between some StubHub purchasers in North America and Lucas Oil Stadium! 3,762 miles from Alaska to Indy- Super Bowl or bust!