The Week in TicketCity Search – February 3rd

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jan. 20th
1 - Bruce Springsteen
2 1 Drake
3 2 Super Bowl
4 10 Van Halen
5 8 Red Hot Chili Peppers
6 - Big Time Rush
7 - Justin Bieber
8 4 Miami Heat
9 - Dallas Mavericks
10 - Monster Jam

So many corny “Boss” references, so little time… So let’s just say Bruce Springsteen’s tour dates for 2012 have been announced and they are pretty popular. Springsteen has a new album, Wrecking Ball, ready for release, and he will be on the road this spring, most likely at a very large arena near you.

Springsteen handily unseated Drake, who had the top spot two weeks running, but didn’t fall too far. Likewise, the sizable game on Sunday dropped one spot to #3. Rebounding pretty strongly, Van Halen climbs back to the #4 spot, and the Chili Peppers round out a very musical top 5.

Rock has the top five, while pop secures the bottom five. Big Time Rush, a more recently minted Nickelodeon boy band, kicks things off, followed by Beiber fans eager to know when the latest tour dates are announced. Answer: not quite yet.

The NBA takes lands near the end, with the Heat and their finals opponent last year, the Mavericks, in the #8 and #9 spots. Finally, in what can only be described as a twist ending, Monster Jam takes the #10 spot.

The Week in TicketCity Search – January 13th

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jan. 9th
1 - Van Halen
2 9 Red Hot Chili Peppers
3 10 Coldplay
4 4 Miami Heat
5 - Drake
6 1 Houston Texans
7 8 Tool
8 - Monster Jam
9 5 Super Bowl
10 - Dallas Mavericks

Interesting shuffle this week, as we bid a final farewell to bowl season. The NFL postseason still figures heavily on the list, though it’s now in the bottom five. At the top we have Van Halen, whose upcoming tour has proven quite buzzworthy, thanks in no small part to the release of their first new album in fourteen years. It’s the first Van Halen album since 1984 to feature David Lee Roth on lead vocals. Fans have had quite a wait for this one, and are ready to pack stadiums to see them.

In slightly more bittersweet concert news, the #2 entry on the countdown, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, surged from #9 last week, but also announced the kick off of their tour would be delayed. Chili Peppers faithful will have to wait until late March to see the band.

Rounding out the top 5 we have the Heat hanging in at #4 and Drake, who is on tour promoting his latest album, Take Care.

Down in the bottom five we find the Texas and the Super Bowl, along with a favorite diversion for the cold winter months: Monster Jam.

The Week in TicketCity Search – December 16th

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Dec. 12t
1 1 Cotton Bowl
2 3 Alamo Bowl
3 - Drake
4 - Red Hot Chili Peppers
5 - Coldplay
6 - Houston Texans
7 - Dallas Mavericks
8 - Miami Heat
9 2 Music City Bowl
10 - Wicked

The reign of bowls came to a quick end this week. Concert performers surged back, rounding out the top five with three hot acts. Both the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay haven’t been seen on the countdown for quite a while, though mostly because they haven’t been touring. That’s set to change in 2012, as both bands are hitting the road for tours that are shaping up to be huge sellers.

Starting off the bottom five we have the Houston Texans, who are set to head into uncharted territory: the postseason. The recently minted franchise has come out on top of the AFC South, and will be playing for their first shot a Super Bowl.

The NBA returned recently, but they didn’t make a huge splash on the countdown until this week. Last season’s champions, the Mavericks, appear at #7, followed closely by their championship rivals, the Miami Heat. TicketCity has the updated NBA schedules available for all teams, click here and select your team.

The Economics of the NBA

In an effort to ease tensions about the recent economic downturn in the United States, including the NBA’s decision to cut 9% of its workforce over the course of the year, the league is shoring up interest by introducing expanded instant replay rules, citing franchise ticket promotions and investing in crucial publicity abroad.  This comes at a time where worries abound as to the strength of professional sports franchises all over the U.S.

On Thursday afternoon, NBA commissioner David Stern fielded questions from reporters at the season tip-off conference call.  Due largely to the ailing economy, many of the questions Stern answered regarded the economic outlook of the league, and if any dire threats to its financial stability were poised to affect the upcoming season.

Stern assuaged any doubts that the league was struggling, citing fan base, television ratings and sponsor renewals as a reason to be optimistic of the NBA’s immediate future.  Stern said that approximately half of the NBA’s 30 teams were turning a profit, and that no teams were in any position to face financial instability.  The commissioner cited the Dallas franchise’s promotion to offer $2 tickets for selected games as a viable way to keep fans and the league enfranchised.

“Our owners seem quite determined to demonstrate they want to be contributing members of the community,” Stern said, “and focus on what 2 1/2 hours of fun can offer to families.”

The Dallas Mavericks are offering $2 tickets to most home games this season.  Special promotion nights will deliver cheaper tickets to fans and families across the board.  Tickets normally priced $9 will be $2, $19 will be $10, $35 will be $20 and $50 will be $32.

Although incentives are in place to keep fans coming back to see their favorite team, there has been some worry as to whether the struggling economy will affect players “jumping ship” to play in European leagues.  After the Atlanta Hawks‘ Josh Childress signed an unprecedented $20 million deal with the Greek squad Olympiacos Piraeus in July, there are concerns around the league about the possibility of other players bolting for Europe and abroad for a better piece of salary pie.

Stern said that Childress’ case is that of an isolated event, and that these decisions typically impact “mid-tier” players or below.  He argues smaller fan bases overseas and worsening economic conditions will not allow European leagues to compete for the elite NBA stars.

“Essentially, the NBA isn’t worried about losing LeBron James to Olympiacos,” Stern said.

Though most top-salaried NBA players will probably stick around to soak in the spotlight, there have been numerous player signings to overseas squads, including Juan Carlos Navarro, Bostjan Nachbar, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Loren Woods and Carlos Delfino to name a few.   Even LeBron James said it was a possibility that he could leave the NBA to play in Europe, given that the offering club was willing to pay him an astounding $50 million a year.

This comes as Stern and the NBA say that efforts to bolster the expansion of the league in Europe is imminent, including new European franchises and more regular season NBA games to be hosted outside the U.S.

“What we’ve always said was that if there were the appropriate arena structure, if there were the appropriate fan affinity, and there was the pricing structure that would be necessary for a team to compete in the NBA, then it would seem to be an opportunity for us to grow,” Stern said.

The NBA also announced the expanded instant replay, which will debut this season.

The new replay rules will allow officials to pore over footage to determine two if a field goal was a 2- or 3-point attempt, or to decide if a shooting foul was committed behind the arc and whether it warrants two or three foul shots.  It will also allow officials to determine whether the game clock malfunctioned during overtime play, and allow them to determine how much time should have come off the clock or if the period should have ended.

The technology will provide more accuracy and oversight during league play, keeping teams competitive while resolving game-changing disputes.  This is just another way the NBA is hoping to innovate the court in an ever-fluctuating economy.

Regardless of what transpires in the NBA this season or the next, one thing is for certain: fans will show up on day one to see their favorite stars play for their favorite teams at their favorite arena, in support of their favorite pastime – basketball.