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$6 for an All-Star seat? Oh, for the good old days

In 1966, the price for a reserved-seat ticket to the All-Star Game was $6 and scalpers asked for $15 - $20 per ticket. Considering inflation, a $6 seat would go for about $40 in today. Tickets now range from $262 to $5700 for the All-Star game on various ticket exchanges.

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Denver's Pepsi Center drops Ticketmaster for its own ticketing venture TicketHorse.com

By Brian Kebel

The Pepsi Center in Denver announced last week that it would not be renewing its ticketing contract with Ticketmaster, instead it will be teaming-up with the arena's own in-house ticketing company, TicketHorse.

Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE), which owns the Pepsi Center, founded TicketHorse in 2006 in order to create one source for tickets to all the sports teams and venues the company owns, which includes Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Colorado Rapids, and the Paramount Theatre. The venture utilizes Flash Seats paperless ticketing technology developed by Veritix.

Cubs, Wrigley sale to Ricketts family appears to be settled

According to sources, the Tribune Co., owners of the Chicago Cubs and famed Wrigley Field, appears to have settled on a deal to sell the two to the Ricketts family, as reported by Chicago Breaking News Center. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal could be close to the $900 million bid the family made earlier in the year. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is believed to have also bid on the two.

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Veritix signs digital ticketing deal with Kroenke Sports Enterprises

"Kroenke Sports Enterprises Selects Flash Seats as Exclusive Digital Ticketing Provider for Venues and Events"

Cleveland, OH (Veritix) July 1, 2009 – Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE) announced today that they have chosen Veritix’s patented technology Flash Seats® as the exclusive digital ticketing provider for the KSE-owned ticket service provider TicketHorse.

Bruins likely to play Flyers in NHL Winter Classic at Fenway

By Brian Kebel

According to a number of sources, the third annual NHL Winter Classic will pit the Boston Bruins against the Philadelphia Flyers at historic Fenway Park.

It was believed that the NHL was considering the Washington Capitals instead of the Flyers, in order to showcase reigning MVP, Alexander Ovechkin. But according to CSNPhilly.com, NBC was in favor of a Flyers-Bruins matchup because of their longtime rivalry and the potential of higher ratings.

Premiere Global Sports teams up with the St. Louis Blues

"Premiere Global Sports Named Official Travel Partner For St. Louis Blues Opening Games vs. Detroit Red Wings In Sweden"

Chicago, IL (Premiere Global Sports) June 22, 2009 - Premiere Global Sports has teamed up with the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club to be the official travel partner for their season opening games against the Detroit Red Wings in Stockholm on October 2nd and 3rd, 2009. Premiere Global Sports will offer travel packages for fans to these exciting games at the Globe Arena in Stockholm.

College World Series takes share of resold tickets

By Brian Kebel

Over the past decade, the secondary ticket industry has become a booming market, built mostly around the sale of tickets to sporting events, concerts and Broadway shows. Because of this, many organizations have begun partnerships with secondary ticket companies in order to get their hands on a portion of the profits. This is especially true for professional sports franchises, and, more recently, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

U.S. Open fans win battle over ticket refunds for rained out round

By Tim Fraser

The anticipation among golf fans could not have been higher for the opening of the 109th U.S. Open Golf Tournament, but after only three hours of golf on Opening Day Thursday, June 18, play was suspended due to heavy rains that flooded the course. The thousands of fans who turned out to Bethpage Black Golf Course on Thursday to see the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson also found out yesterday that because play had already began they would not be getting a refund or rain check for when the action resumed today.

The decision to deny a refund to fans was immediately met with criticism, and as that criticism mounted, the USGA decided to change its position. USGA executive director David Fay announced Friday that ticket holders for Thursday's opening round may have a reprieve. If the U.S. Open is forced to extend its play into Monday or a later date, tickets to Thursday's round will be honored. The likelihood of it extending into an extra day is high, as there is plenty of rain in the forecast for the weekend.

Philadelphia Eagles tickets sell out quickly, but there are still deals

By Brian Kebel

At 10am Tuesday, June 16, the Philadelphia Eagles began selling tickets for regular-season home games, and by 10:15am, they were completely sold out. But no need to fret, as there are several ways to obtain tickets at reasonable prices on the secondary market.

One of the hottest tickets this year will be the November 1 game between the Eagles and their divisional rival, the New York Giants, at Lincoln Financial Field. StubHub is currently selling Standing Room Only tickets, ranging between $109 and $125. They also have Upper Level Sideline seats available for $128, and Upper Level End Zone tickets for $137. Lower Level seats are even steeper, but are listed at a good price compared to other secondary ticket outlets. Lower Level End Zone tickets start at $234, while Lower Level Sideline tickets start at $255.

San Francisco Giants, Qcue enjoying the successes of dynamic pricing

By Tim Fraser

Entering the 2009 Major League Baseball season, there were concerns among teams that attendance could suffer in the face of the poor economy. Teams attempted to keep their stadiums full by reducing or freezing ticket prices at 2008 levels, but still ticket sales across the league have seen a slight decrease from last season.

The San Francisco Giants took a unique approach with 2,000 bleacher seats at their home ballpark, AT&T Park, deciding to experiment with dynamic pricing, a practice that adjusts the price of tickets based on multiple factors including opponent, weather and pitching match-up, among others.

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