What it costs to be a Boston fan


What it costs to be a Boston fan

Going to see your favorite sports team play is always agreat time but is it worth all that money?You can get tickets directlythrough the teams, or try to a secondary market to save some money. There aremore than 60 such secondary markets through which sports tickets are sold everyyear, including Stubhub, eBay, and TicketNetwork.com.For some teams, the ticket prices are cheap. Taking thewhole family out to see a game wont cost as much as one ticket to see the NewEngland Patriots. Boston fans love their sports, which might be one of thereasons that three of the teams rank in the most expensive ticket prices in thenation.The Boston Red Sox rank firstamong MLB teams forthe priciest secondary ticket costing fans who buy outside the box officeapproximately 88 on average. Part of the reason for this high price comparedto other MLB teams is the success in recent years. Success on the field hastranslated to the box office as demand for tickets increases revenue.Attendance is also higher since the recent success.The Boston Celtics rank fifthamong NBA teamsdespite having the winningiest team in basketball history. Seeing this teamplay is not cheap, buying a resale ticket on average will cost you just over99. The Celtics averaged a sell out at home games played in 2010-2011. Theonly thing thats stopping the Celtics revenue gain was the NBA locket out thatshortened the season.Last, but absolutely not least, The New England Patriotsrank first for ticket prices in the NFL and the entire sports world in general.The key to their ticket success has been their success in the postseason,winning three Super Bowls and only missing the playoffs twice. Attendance ratescant change at Gillette Stadium unless they expand it, because every seat forevery game the past four years has been filled.Considering Robert Kraft boughtthe team in 1994 for 172 million, the fact that the franchise now ranks third-highest valued team in the NFL coming at 1.4 billion shows how successful thisteam is.No wonder Boston fans are so diehard, they are literallyspending thousands of dollars on tickets to see their teams play.Click here to see what other teams were ranked for theirpricy tickets.

First impressions: Owens improves, Scott scuffles


First impressions: Owens improves, Scott scuffles

NEW YORK -- First impression from Red Sox' 5-1 loss to the Yankees:

* Henry Owens looked improved over earlier starts.

The lefty took the place of Drew Pomeranz Thursday night and pitched into the fifth inning, allowing two runs on four hits.

Talent evaluators believe that Owens has the stuff necessary to be a back-end starter in the big leagues if -- and that's a big qualifier -- he can command his pitches.

Alas, that's often been an issue for Owens, who averaged 3.4 walks per nine innings last season in Boston and, in four starts earlier this season, a bloated 9.3 walks per nine innings.

On Thursday night, Owens showed far better control, issuing just two walks. Further, he managed to pitch ahead in the count, giving him an advantage against the New York lineup. And mixing his changeup and fastball, he fanned six.

* Robby Scott had a bad night at a bad time.

Scott's in the mix to make the Red Sox post-season roster as a lefty specialist, competing against the likes of Fernando Abad.

He had been effective in most of his previous outings, with no runs allowed in six appearances with five strikeouts and a walk.

But brought in to face Brian McCann with runners on first and second and one out in the sixth, he yielded a single to center.

After getting Aaron Hicks on a flyout, he walked rookie Tyler Austin to force in a run, then heaved a wild pitch that scored another run before retiring Brett Gardner on a flyout.

Keeping in mind that Scott wouldn't be asked to face that many righthanders were he to make the post-season roster, Thursday's outing wasn't helpful in making his case.

* Yoan Moncada is gone for now.

The Red Sox announced that the rookie third baseman had traveled to Fort Myers to prepare for his upcoming assignment in the Arizona Fall League next month.

Expectations were high for Moncada when he joined the Red Sox on Labor Day weekend in Oakland and when he collected multiple hits in each of his first two starts, it appeared as though he would get most of the playing time at third for the remainder of the season.

But not long after, Moncada began chasing breaking balls out of the strike zone and looking very much overmatched at the plate. HE struck out in nine consecutive at-bats.

That doesn't mean that Moncada won't someday -- likely in the not-too-distant future -- be a very good major league player. But it is a reminder of how big a jump it is to go from Double A.

And, it served to point out how remarkable Andrew Benintendi has been in making that same jump.