How to Avoid Getting Scammed When Buying Tickets

Due to the internet there are now hundreds of ways to buy sporting event tickets. Here’s what you need to know.

There are two main markets for tickets: primary and secondary.
Primary Market  The primary market distributor is the entity that initially prints and distributes tickets for an event. The team, venue, or box office is usually the primary source and distributes the tickets at face value (plus their service fees). Face value is the price printed on a ticket. The Primary market also includes those companies who have signed a contract of ticket distribution with the team. Sometimes, only one ticket promoter may obtain the tickets to an event, while other times more of them could sign a contract with the promoter. One example of primary ticket broker is
Secondary Market  The secondary market includes brokers who buy the tickets from primary ticket brokers at the face-value of the ticket and sell them to the public adding some additional fees, which can be significantly higher than the face-value. Usually the price of a ticket is set according to the demand. The higher the demand is, the bigger the price gets. A few examples of secondary ticket brokers are Stubhub, Razorgator and is owned by Ticketmaster.

Scams are common in the ticket broker business. There are ticket brokers starting business every day. The safest route for consumers is to stick to the box office or Ticketmaster when possible. If they are sold out or don’t have the tickets you want you can go to the secondary market, but keep these tips in mind:

• Avoid paying with cash, a money order or via bank wire. Pay with a credit card.
• Know the location of the seats you are buying.
• Research the company and make sure they have been in business for 10+ years
• See if they offer a “guarantee” on the tickets offered on their site.
• Make sure they offer a secure online transaction.
• Make sure they offer a reliable shipping method.

There is another way to buy tickets if the methods above don’t work: ticket scalpers at the venue. The downside of buying from a scalper is that you don’t have any recourse if the tickets are not valid. Many times scalpers sell counterfeit tickets and you won’t know until after you have purchased them.
What has your experience been with ticket brokers? Let us know in the comments

Sports Apps for the True Fan

If you’re an avid sports fan these apps are for you.  They keep you entertained and keep you up-to-date on your favorite sports.  

ESPN Radio 

Listen toSportsCenter and ESPN shows like Mike and Mike in the morning and The Herd with Colin Cowherd.  Live scores and news feeds of Pro and college teams.  Every football game that ESPN broadcasts, and broadcasts from 24 cities.  Get ESPN radio 


Yahoo Sportacular Pro

Get live scores and news on your favorite teams, players, and leagues.  Personalize your alerts and get notifications for events.  Connect with friends via Facebook and track your fantasy teams.  Get Yahoo Sportacular Pro 


On the Go Sports

This application gives you instant access to AM and FM sports radio stations when you’re travelling.  Just do a city search and choose your station.  Get On the Go Sports 



Sports FunBlast! Trivia Quiz 

FunBlast has something for everyone.  An addicting quiz game covering baseball, basketball, football, soccer, hockey, golf, the Olympics and more!   You can challenge your friends on Facebook and compete for high scores.  No repeat questions and 4 game modes. Get Sports FunBlast!


Do you have a favorite Sports App?  Tell us about it in the comments.

p.s. I found some great March Madness apps and will be reviewing them on future posts.  Be sure to sign up for the newsletter in the box on the right side so you won’t miss a thing.



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5 Tips for a Great Game Day Party

Game Day PartyIf you are hosting a game day party and want to make it memorable here are 5 super tips:

Send out evites or invitations by mail. Be sure to tell your guests to RSVP and whether or not they should bring any type of food or drink.

If you have people who don’t know each other it is your duty as a host to make introductions. If you know the two have something in common mention it, so they will have something to talk about.

Watching the Game
Have TV’s in more than one room if possible, especially if you have a big crowd. Also, have a room available that does not have a TV for those who don’t want to talk about the game the whole time. If kids will be at the party make sure you have some space for them to gather away from the crowd.

Have some type of competition based on the game. If could be guessing the final score, or predicting statistical leaders.

Take pictures to remember the day. Be sure to get some shots of the gang yelling at the screen. These are priceless! You can also upload them to Flickr and email the link to your guests.

Do you have any other great tips? Let us know in the comments.

p.s. Party favors are not just for kids. You can do something easy like give a box of milk duds with a tag that says Thanks for coming! Or, you can do something more involved like purchasing red and white striped popcorn boxes at the dollar store and putting a popcorn package inside.

Barbeque Meatballs

This is a great snack for a Game Day Party!

Barbeque Meatballs 

3 lbs hamburger           1 t garlic salt

1 c milk                       1 t chili powder

2 eggs                          1 ½ t pepper

1 ½ c onion salt           2 t salt




2 c catsup                    ½ t garlic salt

2 c loose brown sugar ½ c onion chopped

2 T liquid smoke


Combine sauce ingredients in saucepan and heat.  Make meatballs the size of walnuts.  Place in single layer in baking dish.  Spoon sauce over the top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Makes about 60 meatballs.

Gulf Coast Jambalaya



1 ½ lbs peeled raw shrimp      1 medium green pepper chopped

2 cloves garlic chopped           2 stalks celery chopped

1 medium onion chopped       1/3 c cooking oil

1/8 t cayenne pepper               1/8 t paprika

2 c diced ham                          1 bay leaf

1/4 t thyme                              ½ t pepper

1 t salt                                     1 c uncooked brown rice

1 ½ c water                             2 c chicken broth

2 T parsley

2 c peeled tomatoes or 1 (15 oz) can tomatoes cut up


Saute slowly in the oil the chopped pepper, onion, garlic and celery for about 15 minutes.  Then add the tomatoes, salt, cayenne pepper, pepper, thyme, ham (diced), bay leaf and parsley.  Cook 15 minutes longer.  Then add the chicken broth and raw shrimp and cook another 15 minutes.  Add the rice and 1 ½ cups water.  Cover and let it all cook about 35 minutes more.  The rice should be done and the mixture quite dry.  Serves 6.



The Rookie – Movie Review

The RookieThe Rookie

This is one of my all-time favorite sports movies.  It is based on the true story of Jimmy Morris, played by Dennis Quaid who gets a second chance at a major league baseball career.  When he was younger he injured his shoulder and had to quit baseball.  Flash forward to twenty years later when he is married with three kids.  He coaches a high school baseball team and the team noticed that he was pitching at major league speeds and they issued him a challange:  if they win district he has to try out for a major league team.  You’ll have to see the movie to see what happens next. 

This movie weaves in themes of second chances, importance of family and friends, the joy of baseball, not giving up, and following your dreams, into one fantastic movie.   This is a must see movie for everyone!

Check out The Rookie

CWS Grass Logo-How Did They Do It?

Did you happen to see the cool logo on the College World Series outfield?  Here’s how they did it:

CWS logo 

Five Fabulous Gift Ideas For The Fan Who Has Everything

Gifts for Sports Fans

Do you have a sports fan in your family who seems to have every type of sports merchandise ever invented?  Here are five gift ideas for your lucky fan:

  • Plan an MVP day for your fan.  Get the tickets and drive them to the game or get a limo.  Put their name on the scoreboard.  Just let them relax and enjoy the day.
  • Take a tour of a stadium or arena. 
  • Plan a “watch party” at home.  Invite their friends, and make their favorite party foods.
  • Plan a trip to an away venue that they have never been to. 
  • Find a unique sports memorabilia item.  Search the internet for antique memorabilia, or new merchandise from their favorite team or player.

Hopefully that gives you a new idea that you haven’t tried yet.  What other ideas do you have for great sports fan gifts?

iScore-the Nifty App for Little League and Beyond

iScore  baseball  is an app for the i-Phone or iPad that lets you track statistics for baseball or softball games. It allows coaches, parents, and fans to keep a detailed record of the game and then review the statistics.

            Features include:

Ability to record the most complex plays

Pitch tracker that tracks every pitch location, type, and speed

Built in iScore Cast and Twitter Cast that will allow friends and family to “watch” if they can’t attend

A Complete Scorebook output that is automatically generated

Ability to email player cards, and many more features

My friends that use this app love the convenience of it and really like the ability to store game statistics electronically.

Get iScore Baseball.   I’d love to hear your comments.