What it costs to be a Boston fan

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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.

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.