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Old 03-25-2015, 09:48 AM   #21
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I watch as many Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, and Bears games on TV as possible. Sometimes 5 or 6 games a week in the winter. Used to go to a lot of Bulls games in the Jordan era. Now go to a few spring training and regular White Sox games a year.

I played softball on and off until I was in my mid 50's, and played baseball and basketball in high school. Like others in the preserve and protect mode, I don't participate in sports anymore. The emergency room, doctor, and therapy bills got to be too expensive.


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Now if you had said you personally attend all the Blackhawks games, I would say you are a 1% er based solely on the ability to pay for the parking fee let alone the ticket!
I have talked to some Blackhawk fans when they swarm on us in St. Louis. They said it was cheaper to drive down, get a hotel room, and buy a ticket here than to attend a game in Chicago.


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Old 03-25-2015, 02:32 PM   #22
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My DS (32 yr. old) wants me to take him to a Blues game. I could play a lot of golf for what two tickets to a hockey game would cost. I can't imagine what Blackhawk tickets must cost if people think it is cheaper to drive down from Chicago and get a hotel room.
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My DS (32 yr. old) wants me to take him to a Blues game. I could play a lot of golf for what two tickets to a hockey game would cost. I can't imagine what Blackhawk tickets must cost if people think it is cheaper to drive down from Chicago and get a hotel room.

It defintely has gone up, especially the weekend and feature team games. As recently as about 6-7 years ago I had Blues upper bowl season tickets for $300. After buying a big screen, my desire to fight the crowds lessoned so I only go a couple times a year.
Hockey might be a blue collar sport but it has white collar ticket prices. I miss the days when the bums could afford a ticket, get drunk, and then have fights in the stands with the opponent fans. Much too clean and civilized now.


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Now if you had said you personally attend all the Blackhawks games, I would say you are a 1% er based solely on the ability to pay for the parking fee let alone the ticket!
I have talked to some Blackhawk fans when they swarm on us in St. Louis. They said it was cheaper to drive down, get a hotel room, and buy a ticket here than to attend a game in Chicago.


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We are part of the traveling blackhawks fan swarm. Last year was Nashville. Phoenix 2 yrs ago. We have St. Louis, Columbus, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Phoenix on the radar.

I don't remember chicago prices offhand - it's difficult to get decent tickets at a decent price. We just plan a road trip knowing the tickets are cheaper. It's very possible that the whole trip to St. Louis would be cheaper than tickets only in Chicago. But now the away games are starting to be a tough expensive ticket to get too.

We did spend $1300 per couple for our Nashville weekend to include rental suburban, gas, meals, rental house, and tickets on the glass. I would think that tickets on the glass at the united center against Nashville would be more than $1300 a pair.

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I used to be a fairly big sports fan. But when the Colts snuck out of town in '84 I lost interest in football, although I play fantasy football for fun. A huge Dodger fan, I gave up on major league baseball during the '94 strike. I probably couldn't name a single active player unless they've been hauled before Congress for juicing or something. I've never really been a college sports fan, since I can't reconcile the obvious professional aspect to the supposed amateur sport. Plus I went to a women's college that went coed the year before I got there. We didn't have male teams to get all caught up in. We could barely get enough guys together to get a flag football game going. And with all those girls around, who had time for sports?

I still like going to minor league games occasionally, but I've just lost that ability to be a real fan. Other more obscure sports? Watching bobsledding is sort of fun every four years. But golf, tennis, Nascar, whatever they call that bicycle thing in France? Nope. Pro sports is so dirty across the spectrum that I wouldn't support it even if I found it fun to watch.

I was a pretty decent athlete up into my later 20s, when my family and a couple of significant injuries derailed my playing. But I was never very competitive, not really caring if my team won or lost. I'm sure that irritated the crap out of the super-competitive asshats (IMO) on the team. I liked to play, and did my best, but having a meltdown if we lost? Please.

I still like activities like hiking and kayaking. Not sure if they are sports or not. Is the definition of a sport being something you compete in? Or just a physical activity? I don't know or really care. I just do what I like, and if the entire competitive sports world ended tomorrow I probably wouldn't notice.
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Still hanging in playing hardball at 59, not looking forward to the day I can't compete. Local leagues here are over 35, so the competition is tough. Fortunately my teams average 55+, but we hang OK with the younger teams. Fall is tournament season, we travel to Phoenix to play in the 50+ and 55+ tournaments. We're heading to Cuba in November to play some games there. A lot of my social life revolves around these teams.

Took up mountain biking with my wife in the last couple of years, and I try to use my bike for errands as much as I can. Play a bit of
tennis and pickleball. Get out hiking pretty often, and kayaking not often enough. Figure I'd better do what I can while I can. I'd rather play games or do the outdoor activities than work out at the gym, but the workouts are kind of a necessity to keep the other activities going.

Watch some of the local high school teams in various sports, and I like baseball on in the background when I'm doing other things. Get out to the minor league ballpark a few times a year. And once or twice a year get up to Seattle for a couple of Mariners games.

Some day I'll have to deal with a post-sports life, but I'm not in any hurry.
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Live sports is the main reason I still have cable. When someone comes up with a reasonable plan for live sports packages over the internet, bye-bye cable TV.

I was average at best in sports growing up, but in a way I think it contributed to my good physical health these days. For example, I was on the football team in high school, but wasn't a starter. I was on my college football team because they didn't cut anyone who came out for the team - but that didn't meant you would play in any games. I got into parts of maybe half the games during the year. The practices and limited playing time means today I don't have any injuries or deteriorating joints, whereas many of the best players on those teams have experienced a lot of physical infirmaries today.

As an adult I transitioned from more physical team sports (stopped playing tackle/lage football in my early 40's, full court basketball against my kids and their friends at 50) to more individual healthy sports (primarily biking and golf), which I hope I can continue into my 70s. The main team sport I play these days is volleyball, which interestingly is the sport where I have had the worst injuries (strained/torn thumb and finger tendons).

When my kids were growing up we would budget and take them to a couple of pro baseball/football/basketball games a year. At the time the venues were more family/budget friendly - for example, we would bring some snacks in and it was never an issues. But as those sports got big money, the family friendliness changed. The turning point was going to a pro football game and having to stand outside to eat a small bag of chips because they would not let us in with them ("either throw them out or finish them") and then proceeded to search us for any "hidden" snacks. When a small hot dog, fries, a box of candy and soft drinks for 4 people cost close to $100, that was it. Add to that the cost of parking (the team actually got the local government to ban walking a mile from a close by cheaper parking lot for "safety reasons". forcing you to take a shuttle bus and pay $20), and the hassle getting in and out of the stadium (you spend more time going and returning than at the game), and the increasingly rude fan behavior (why curse out/pick a fight with someone just because they wear colors of the opposing team?), and it just doesn't make it as much fun going much, even though I can more afford it these days. The minor leagues though, have kept things sane and we will go to the teams in our area.

A friend gets "Legends" tickets for Yankee Stadium and a group of us drive up a couple of times a year. THAT is a ridiculous experience that goes against all principles of frugality and common sense eating.
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I don't get the whole sports obsession at all. Never did. My only sports thing is going to my alma mater college football games once in a while. But I always look for cheap scalper tickets, if possible. $25 or less. If scalper tickets are too high, I just watch the game in a bar in town.
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High school and college I was a huge Vikings football fan. Their defensive line - Purple People Eaters - were all well under 300 pounds. Alan Page, the dominant tackle at the time - played at about 235. I don't watch much pro football anymore and wonder how much longer it can last. The players are just too big and too fast. It has become brutal. With the helmets they now wear it could be robots playing. I think concussions will eventually end the game.


The thing I can't fathom is the fans that spend a huge amount of money on a ticket and then spend the entire game going back and forth to the concession stands buying crap food and expensive beer.
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[QUOTE=jollystomper;1574041]Jolly Stomper said - Live sports is the main reason I still have cable. When someone comes up with a reasonable plan for live sports packages over the internet, bye-bye cable TV.
Sports fan here too, but based on what I have read, We do not want individual ala carte pricing for sports if the current system broke down. Due to various packing of products many more consumers are stuck paying for sports than pay to watch it. They are in effect subsidizing us. ESPN currently receives about $5 per person currently subscribing. If they were to receive same total revenue, studies showed ESPN would have to charge about $30 per person so compensate for those who abandon. Regional sports packages like Fox Sports Midwest could sky rocket... Like a $1000 a year!


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