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Schwartzies Guide to Buying Game Tickets

Hi Schwartzies Sports Fans,

You can now purchase game tickets direct from Schwartzies Sports website.  Each team page has a link to every home game.  Important to disclose, these are affiliate links and Schwartzies Sports may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.  This has no impact on the price you pay.

When buying game tickets, there are many services to choose from.  For many events, gone are the days where you could stroll up to a ticket window and make your purchase.  Events can be in high demand and often sold out in advance.  Tickets must be bought and sold thru brokers or tickets service companies. Unlike scalpers or personal ads, this business is legal and safe.

There are many legitimate ticket services companies to choose from.  They offer a huge choice of seats and an easy to use web interface.  Electronic tickets are delivered and in most cases instantly emailed to you.  I have used the following ticket services:

  • Ticketmaster – Only place you can purchase available tickets direct from team
  • StubHub
  • SeatGeek
  • TicketSmarter
  • Vividseats
  • TickPick

They all have their nuances and have subtle differences.  Expect to pay a fee, usually $35-$50 per ticket.  Some will allow you to display the fees as part of the ticket price while others hide them until just before clicking the purchase button.

While I have used many of the ticket services, my preference is TickPick. They automatically include the fees as part of the ticket price and the markup ends being about half the price as other services.  As an example, I recently researched ticket prices for an upcoming hockey game.  The average price after fees was coming in right around $200 each.  TickPicks  pricing was  $181.  They offer the same value and similar tickets at a lower price without sacrificing any features.

Regardless of where you buy tickets, it can be a bit intimidating, especially for first time buyers from a service company.  Here are a few guidelines that I use to buy tickets and attend a game in person.

  • Set your parameters. Have a good understanding of what you’re willing to pay and where you want to sit ahead of time. Your goal may be to attend the game no matter of the seat location and just enjoy being part of the crowd.  Or you may decide you will only go if a certain area of the venue is available at the price you are willing to pay.   Understand your expectations ahead of time.
  • Seat selection. Have an idea of where you want to sit.  This takes some thought.  Do you want to sit up high or low?  Towards the aisle or towards the middle of a section (pros and cons for both)?  Is the section entrance behind you or in front of you?  This can affect how many people will be walking in front of you (annoying) during the game.  Along the same lines, what side of the section do you want to be on?   If you are on the right side aisle and most of the field is to your right, your view will be obstructed by people walking up and down the aisle.  A little thought can change your entire experience and make the event much more enjoyable.
  • Be prepared to purchase. As you are looking at tickets and something favorable shows up, be ready to move quickly to secure the tickets.  Check prices often.  Seats that weren’t available one minute are available the next.  Remember these are tickets that the original ticket buyer can’t use for one reason or another and their situation changes.  Check often – move quickly.
  • Be prepared to not purchase. Have a realistic price that you are willing to pay pre-determined.  Be realistic.  If tickets are going for $100, they aren’t going to magically drop to $25.  It just doesn’t happen.  Know what you are willing to spend.  Don’t be afraid to walk away.  Sometimes you just have to give up on the event.  There will be other games.
  • Timing! Buying early is generally not recommended.  This may be counter intuitive to your thought process.   Sellers generally keep their prices higher early on “fishing” to see if they get any bites.  The closer to game time, pricing tends to normalize and in most cases will drop.  Now for a high demand game, this can work the other way but, in most cases, the best time to buy is a few days before game time.  For Football games I find the most success during the Tues-Friday time frame before a Sunday game.
  • Qty of Tickets. Even number tickets (optimally 2) are easier to buy than an odd number and usually priced lower.  Tickets are generally originally sold in even numbers so a seller must be willing to split them up to accommodate an odd number request and may look to sell them at a higher price.
  • Travel. If you are traveling to the event, it could alter your approach.  If you have plane tickets, hotel reservations, etc… you may not feel comfortable waiting until it’s close to game time to purchase your tickets. Use your judgement.
  • Level of Comfort. You have to find your level of comfort.  Some people don’t mind paying a higher price for piece of mind.  Buying early, while most likely not optimal, takes it off your plate and you no longer have to think about it.  Others that are more measured and patient generally save money. You have to find your comfort level. 
  • No such thing as the perfect seat. This often happens:  You see the perfect seats at a price you are willing to pay.  You get everything lined up and are ready to pay.  When you hit the purchase key, the seats are no longer available.  It happens and the general thought is “Ill never get this opportunity again”.  Don’t give up.  Keep checking and stick to your strategy.
  • Factor in additional costs. Take into consideration the additional cost of attending the event.  Research parking.  Some venues require you to pay for an expensive parking permit prior to the event. This can sometimes be as expensive as the game ticket.  Most will have off-site parking areas that are far less expensive but requires you to walk a bit.   There will also be public transportation options.  Make sure to check prior to attending the event.  Also consider food costs.  The cost to feed a family of 4 at a sporting event can be a quite a shock.  Plan ahead.  Eating beforehand will save you plenty of money.  However, eating at the stadium/arena or enjoying a beer may be part of the experience you want.
  • Security. You hear horror stories regarding unruly fans and fights in the stands.  This does happen especially when alcohol is flowing and rival fans are nearby.  However, these are generally isolated incidents but they get publicized on social media.    While things happen, it is usually a very safe environment.  In recent years teams have taken great steps to ensure fan safety.  Security guards are in full force and fans are encouraged to report unusual behavior via text to a publicized number throughout the stadium.  Common sense will be your greatest safety net.  If you are in a visiting city, it is wise to act accordingly.  Safety concerns should not prohibit you from having a great experience.

Attending a game in person can be a fun and enjoyable. I often travel to games and attend locally.   These are some of the strategies and tips that have worked for me.  Find what works for you.

Good Luck – Schwartzie

2023 NFL Offseason

As the excitement and buzz of the 2022 NFL season winds down, we can now look ahead to 2023! Sure, it’s a bit depressing without our weekly football fix – but there are still plenty of things for diehard fans to get excited about. From building on established rivalries and forming unlikely connections between teams over time – this upcoming off-season is sure to be one of surprises. Here’s hoping that those creative sparks ignited in ’22 will carry through into an unforgettable ‘23 campaign!!!

Football fans brace yourselves, because it’s never a dull moment! Free Agency is about to begin and the draft is coming up soon. Even when the season ends, football fanatics certainly aren’t left high and dry. Preparation for the upcoming draft always has something exciting in store! It’s a whirlwind of activity that never seems to end. Check out SchwartziesSports NFL Draft Coverage and get all the information and background on your teams needs and player profiles.  See what the “experts” are saying.  Have fun with the Draft Simulator that lets you become the General Manager – predict the outcome of what your team will do.   

The 2023 NFL off-season is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated in recent memory. With a record setting $224.8 million salary cap, teams will have more money and flexibility than ever before when it comes to signing free agents and making trades. This could lead to some interesting moves as teams look to improve their rosters for the upcoming season. Some of the biggest names that could potentially hit the open market include former league MVP Lamar Jackson, Sequon Barkely , Josh Jacobs and Geno Smith just to name a few of the many marquee players in the league.  Teams may also use this opportunity to rebuild by trading away veterans for draft picks or younger players with potential upside. With so much on the line during this off-season, it’s sure to be an exciting time for football fans everywhere!

NFL Offseason Key Dates:

Feb 21 – March 7:  Franchise/transition tag window

Feb 28 – March 6:  NFL Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis)

March 7-31:  Pro Days

March 13-15:  Free Agency Legal Tampering period

March 15:  New league year begins.  Free agency officially begins.  Trading period begins.

March 26-29:  Owners’ Meetings

April 3:  Off season workouts can begin for teams with new Head Coaches

April 17:  Off season workouts can begin for teams with returning Head Coaches

April 27-29:  2023 NFL Draft (Kansas City, MO)

May 1:  Fifth year option deadline

May 5-8 or 12-15:  Rookie minicamps

Mid May:  Anticipated schedule release

Late May: OTAs and minicamps begin

Late July:  Training camps open

Get ready for a new and exciting 2023 NFL season! Take some time to sit back, relax, and recharge – there are plenty of opportunities coming up that will make you feel energized. Don’t miss out on the fun this season!  

How Do You Watch Sports?

October sports has so much to offer.  Over this past weekend we had college football, baseball playoffs and the NFL.  I am a classic channel flipper.  I will watch multiple channels at the same time especially when it comes to sports.  With cable TV I can switch between channels with the push of a button with minimal interruption.

However, my NFL Sunday Ticket package is a streaming service.  With everything moving towards streaming services, I find it more and more difficult/frustrating to watch multiple events.  This in most cases involves switching apps (I use ROKU) and waiting for the service to kick in.  It is not a mere push of a remote control button to move from game to game.  This forces a choice between events.   Very frustrating – NFL or MLB Playoffs.  I want to watch both.  

Short of connecting 2 TVs in the same room – am I missing something?   Streaming services are the future in television viewing.  I’d love to hear from others on how they handle this.  Is there a work around or is this the future of television viewing, sports in particular?

Do I have to just suck it up and go to a bar, and watch all of them at the same time? Do I need to add multiple TV’s in the same room?

 – Schwartzie

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October Sports

It Is The Greatest Time Of Year To Be A Sports Fan!

October is the absolute best time of year to be a sports fan!  It is the only month of the year that all 4 major sports leagues are in action.  Does it get any better than that?

Major League Baseball (MLB) is heading into the playoffs and it appears there will be some really great matchups this season.  The National Football League (NFL) is in full swing and teams are just getting in rhythm. All are still in contention for the Lombardi Trophy in February.  Both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) begin their season with every team optimistic and hopeful for a strong finish at the end of the season.

Is there a better time to be a sports fan?  There truly is something for everyone!  Schwartzies Sports has coverage for all your favorite teams.  So, sit back, relax and grab the remote. Root for your favorite team and enjoy this time of year!

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Get Ready for 2022 Fantasy Football

With NFL Training Camps opening and preseason games right around the corner, its time to get ready for 2022  Fantasy Football.  Fantasy Football League (FFL) Drafts are soon approaching and now is the time to prepare.  The research and work you do now will go a long way in making the season much more competitive,  enjoyable and fun.

Please check out Schwartzies Sports Fantasy Football page.  You can find all the information you need including Draft Research, Player and Position rankings, Leagues to join (both fee and pay) and also mock drafts to help you prepare for many scenarios as you head into your drafts.

Beyond the draft, these sites will also keep you up to date each week during the season with all the latest news and updates you need to stay competitive.

For those not familiar or new to Fantasy Football, you will also find a primer section that will help teach the basics and  guide you.  Fantasy Football is a fun and tremendous way to stay engaged with teams and players you may not ordinarily follow during the NFL season.  Both casual and die-hard fans will find valuable information from reliable website and sources.

Be prepared to dominate your league!

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Welcome To Schwartzies Sports – A Source for all Sports Information

Welcome to Schwartzies Sports and thank you for visiting.  What began as an endeavor to teach myself WordPress as a hobby turned into something I had not initially envisioned. Searching for website ideas, the answer was right in front of me.  As part of my pre-work morning routine, I would search through numerous websites and twitter feeds to get the latest news and happenings pertaining to my favorite sports teams.  The idea of one single website that would be the gateway to the information I enjoyed struck me as something that could be useful to others as well.

The initial goal was to create a repository for all the websites I look at on a daily basis for the teams I follow.   The idea grew from there and now close to a year later Schwartzies Sports contains information for every team included in the 4 major sports leagues:  MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL

You will find links to popular websites and twitter feeds specific to each team along with team information and RSS feeds.   Research was done for each team which is in  no way comprehensive  or complete but will be a continuing process to tweak and fine tune.  No sites or twitter contributors were left off intentionally and apologies in advance for any omissions.  I am open to suggestions, comments and welcome feedback both positive and constructive as long as tasteful and non-confrontational.

I hope you enjoy and look forward to hearing from you.

–  Schwartzie

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