The Shady Story Behind Soaring Super Bowl Ticket Prices

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Allegations of collusion and marketplace manipulation are being thrown around as average asking prices for Super Bowl tickets topped a staggering $9,000 this week.

Generally speaking, every year, there’s a predictable arc to Super Bowl ticket prices on the secondary market. The market rate for Super Bowl tickets tends to be high (perhaps three times face value) in the days before the AFC and NFC Championship games, and then once it’s clear who will play in the Super Bowl, there’s usually a price spike as fans clamber for the chance to see their team win the title. After this initial wave of purchases subsides, prices tend to drop as Super Bowl Sunday nears and sellers don’t want to get stuck with seats at the last minute.

Understandably, the trajectory and peak for pricing is a little different every year, depending on which teams are squaring off and where…

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Fans see Seahawks off to Super Bowl

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Seahawks fans cheer their team at Sky Harbor Airport.  (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Update 1:30 p.m.: The Seahawks have landed in Arizona, multiple social media reports from the team indicate.

Original post: Thousands of Seahawk fans lined a mile-long stretch of road in SeaTac Sunday morning to cheer on the team as it headed for the airport and Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.

The Seahawks, in a caravan of several cars and chartered buses with tinted windows, rolled slowly by the intersection of South 188th Street and 42nd Avenue in SeaTac at about 10 a.m., led by police on motorcycles.

Russell Wilson and his Seahawks teammates deplane in Phoenix. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Cheering fans shoved flags, handheld signs and cell phones into the air as the buses approached. Horns blared over the roar of voices. From behind the closed windows of the buses, people waved and took photos of the crowd.

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Fans decked in blue and green hollered call and response cheers — “Sea!” and “Hawks!” — across South…

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Saturday Night Live expertly handles Tom Brady’s balls in cold open

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You want the truth about Deflate-gate? You can’t handle the truth about Deflate-gate.

Clueless Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, played by cast member Taran Killam, tries to put the football controversy to rest forSaturday Night Live‘s cold open on Jan. 24. “I don’t know things. I’m not a banker. I’m not a science computer,” he says in the sketch.

Instead, Brady hands off the blame to assistant equipment co-manager Dougie Spoons, played by cast member Bobby Moynihan, who protects the QB better than an offensive lineman.

Hat tip:  MASHABLE

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Deflategate: The Plot Thickens!

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Since 2010, New England Has the Lowest Fumble Rate in the NFL

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One of the many questions surrounding “Deflategate”—the controversy that has engulfed the New England Patriots—concerns what advantage an NFL team would gain from using a deflated football. Numerous players have said a softer ball is easier to grip, and a ball that’s easier to grip is harder to drop

New England coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady both denied ever purposely using footballs that were inflated below the NFL minimum. But on the basis of the allegations, the Count looked at the fumble rate of the Patriots compared with the rest of the league.

New England has had an uncanny ability to hold on to the football for quite some time. According to data compiled by Warren Sharp of Sharp Football Analysis, the Patriots fumble far less than any other team that plays outdoors, where the elements…

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