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1D, NFL Playoffs and Rodeo Rocking in the New Year – Tickifieds Top 10

Houston-Rodeo-2013Despite the fact that this is one of the slowest times of the year for ticket sales, Tickifieds is pleased to report record levels of traffic over the past 7 days.  Although, traffic is not quite where it was prior to Google’s infamous “Penguin” update, we are getting really really close to being able to call it a full recovery.  Although One Direction is responsible for a good chunk of traffic, we saw some major gains made by other events.  Most notable of the bunch are the rodeo events (the Houston, San Antonio, and Austin Rodeos) and the NFL Playoffs (AFC and NFC Championship Games).

Even more encouraging is the diversity and depth of keywords that are bringing traffic to our event ticket classifieds.  Many events big and small listed at Tickifieds are again appearing on the first page of the search results within minutes or being listed.  So stay tuned as the Tickifieds Top 10 is about to get even more competitve….watch our One Direction!

Top Events Week 2, 2013

1.  One Direction

One Direction has picking up right where we left them in 2012… at #1.  These young blokes  are taking the nation by storm and the

2. AFC Championship Game

Despite the fact the teams involved were just finalized last night, the 2013 AFC Championship Game catapulted all the way to #2 this week.  This years AFC Championship will feature two of the most popular east coast teams – The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.

3. Taylor Swift

After several weeks seemingly cemented in at #2, Taylor Swift slipped one spot to #3 this week.  Tay -Tay fans fear not though as the NFL playoff are only temporary.

4. Houston Rodeo

Just when concert ticket sales take a bit of a lull, the Houston Rodeo comes in to save the day.  If you haven’t yet see the lineup, check out the 2013 HLSR Lineup.

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1D Maintains Momentum in 2013 – Tickifieds Top 10

OneDirection-2013-TourHappy New Year!  Although this time of year is typically one of the slowest in the event ticket industry, several events this week are keeping sales going relatively strong.  Top on the list this week are none other than 1 Direction and Taylor Swift.  This battle that surfaced last fall has continued into 2013 and is showing no signs of slowing down.

The first week of 2013 was also good for sports.  The NFL playoffs got underway this past weekend and fans are eager to buy up any tickets floating around in the secondary ticket market.  With college football ending tonight, fans are also interested in college basketball tickets.  High on the list include conference tournaments in addition to the 2013 Final Four.

Last and certainly not least, this week we also find the ever popular Houston Rodeo make the list for the first (but likely not the last) time.  With a powerhouse lineup of some of the most popular country and pop performers, this event will be HUGE.  If you haven’t been on top of this event from a marketing prospective you really need to jump on this now.

Here are the rest of this week’s top 10…

Top Events Week 1, 2013

1.  One Direction

One Direction has picking up right where we left them in 2012… at #1.  These young blokes  are taking the nation by storm and they only seem to be growing in popularity.  Whatever happened to Justin Bieber?

2. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift continues to attract a lot of attention for her upcoming 2013 Red Tour.  While she hasn’t been able to surpass One Direction this far she has shown that she isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

3.  Baltimore Ravens

Ray Lewis recently announced that he is retiring at the end of the season.  That means it might be the last hurrah for the Baltimore Ravens.  This weekend they will head into Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

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College Football Top 10 Games Week 6 (2012)

Georgia Bulldogs Football

The Georgia Bulldogs will host South Carolina in Tickifieds Game of the Week!

What a great weekend of college football.  In last weeks’ game of the week, we saw the WVU Mountaineers beat out the Baylor Bears 70-63 in the highest scoring Big 12 football game ever. Heisman Trophy candidate Geno Smith threw for an amazing 656 yards and 8 touchdowns.  Perhaps most impressive is that Smith had more touchdowns (8) than incompletions.

This week we have another great lineup of college football games.  In fact, there are five games that will feature two Top 25 ranked teams.  None of these is bigger than or week 6 game of the week between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Georgia Bulldogs. Even though the Bulldogs are ranked #5 and the Gamecocks sit at #6, there are still 2 other SEC currently ranked ahead of them (Alabama and LSU).  This is a must win game if either team has hope of earn a trip to a BCS Bowl.

So without further adieu, here are the best games this week to focus your ticket marketing efforts on.

College Football Top 10 Games Week 6 (2012)

1.   #6 South Carolina Gamecocks vs #5 Georgia Bulldogs

Two of the best teams in the country will go head to head with a whole lot on the line!

2.  #12 Ohio State vs #21 Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Big 10 has not been impressive this year but2 of the better teams will meet head to head.

3.  #10 Florida Gators vs #4 LSU Tigers

The Gators are the forgotten team of the SEC.  A win over LSU and the Gators will return to National prominence.

4.  #11 Texas Longhorns vs #8 WVU Mountaineers

All the talk of the Big 12 thus far has been about Geno Smith and WVU.  Texas can leap frog the Mountaineers with a big win this weekend.

5.  #2 Oregon Ducks vs #23 Washington Huskies

The Washington Huskies have surprised quite a few already so Oregon will have no excuses if they under-estimate them.

6.   #15 Clemson Tigers vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

While this should necessarily be a close game, this game features a pretty intense rivalry.  Fans always circle this game on the schedule.

7.  #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Miami Hurricanes

Notre Dame Football is back!! Irish fans always travel well are all reared up to head to Solider Field in Chicago to watch Notre Dame beat up on the Hurricanes.

8.  #7 Kansas State Wildcats  vs Kansas Jayhawks

Another game that should be close but college football fans in Kansas always show up for this annual game.

9.  Wisconsin Badgers vs Illinois Fighting Illlini

Both programs are down this year but that won’t stop Illinois fans in the Chicago area from heading up north to Madison.

10.  Cal Golden Bears vs #25 UCLA Bruins

Another in-state rivarly game.  This game is even more interesting as the Bruins are ranked in the top 25 for the first time in a long while.  Cal would like nothing more than to knock them down a peg.

 

2012 Preseason Big 12 Football Rankings

Oklahoma Sooners Football

The Oklahoma Sooners are the preseason #1 team in the Big 12. Will they be able to hold off WVU and the Texas Longhorns?

The Big 12 Conference narrowly avoided a complete collapse following the 2011-12 football season as rumors quickly spread of schools changing affiliations.  Big 12 football as we know it would have been devasted had tradional powerhouse football programs like the Texas Longhorns or the Oklahoma Sooners had bolted for greener pastures as many had feared.  Fortunately for Big 12 fans both decided to stay.   However, that is not to say the conference has not undergone some major changes since last season.  The Texas A&M Aggies and Missouri Tigers both bolted for the SEC amid rumors of the conference folding.  While those programs leaving certainly hurt the national competitiveness of  the conference, two new school will hope to fill the void.  The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas-Christian University Horned Frogs will both join the Big 12 this season and both are expected to make an immediate impact.

So how will the new-look Big 12 shape up in 2012-13?  Well, below we will break down and rank each of football teams in the Big 12.

2012 Big 12 Football Rankings

 1.Oklahoma Sooners

The Oklahoma Sooners were the preseason #1 team in the country last season.  However, injuries plagued the team and they fell short of their lofty expectations.  The Sooners should be a much stronger and deeper team this year as many underclassmen should benefit from being thrust into action ahead of schedule last season.  Oklahoma will return a strong core of players that include quarterback Landry Jones , running back Dom Whaley, defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland, corner back Javon Harris, and safetly Demontre Hurst.

2.West Virginia Mountaineers

It is a bit of a mystery as to how WVU will fare in the Big 12 especially considering the Run-and-Shoot spread offense run by coach Dana Holgorsen.  However, its hard to see the Mountaineers struggle much on offense with QB Geno Smith and wide recievers Tavon Austin and Stedmon Bailey all returning.  If their defense can improve they have an outside shot of challenging OU for the Big 12 Championship.

3.Texas Longhorns

The Longhorns have certainly had a rough couple of years.  However, the Texas defense appears to be back in full force (#1 in the Big 12 last season) and should keep them in every game.  The running game should also be strong with Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron, and freshman Jonathan Gray carrying the load.  The big question is at quarterback.  If David Ash can become a legitimate threat in the passing game this team could compete for a Big 12 title.

4. Oklahoma State Cowboys

OK State had an amazing run last season but they have been somewhat depleted on offense with  Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, and Josh Cooper  all gone.  With a ton of questions on offense and a pedestrian defense its hard to imagine they will be able to reload on the fly.  That said, they are still talented and deep and should be competitive.

5.TCU Horned Frogs

TCU is coming off a disappointing season in a weak conference.  It’s hard to imagine things will get any easier for them in their first season in the Big 12.  However, the TCU defense should be very good and could compete with the longhorns for the top squad.  If they can keep their players out of trouble (ahheem drug dealing) they could sneak past OK State.

6.Kansas State Wildcats

K State is pretty average across the board but they do play sound fundamental football.  Throw in the fact that Collin Klein will be returning with his core running backs and wide receivers and the Wildcats could surprise some people.

7.Baylor Bears

The Baylor offense will be severely depleted after losing 9 starters (most notably Robert Griffin III).  Throw in the fact that there defense was pretty terrible and the Bears likely have little chance at having a successful season.  They do have some talent coming in so if things pan out they could finish at .500 or so.

8.Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa State always seems plagued by inconsistency.  They will play great one week only to live up to low expectations the next.  ISU has a nice pair of quarterbacks with  Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett returning but they will be hard pressed to find wins if a decent wide receiver fails to emerge.

9.Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders appear to be in rebuilding mode as they look to establish an offensive identity all while rolling out an entirely new defensive scheme.  They do have some talent but  it is unknown how the team will gel following all these changes.  If things turn out well they could be a huge sleeper but don’t bank on it.

10.Kansas Jayhawks

Charlie Weis will be taking over as head coach but he won’t have much to work with in his first season.  It will likely take a few years before Weis can field a respectable team in Lexington but expect them to show improvement as the season progresses.

No matter who wins the Big 12 in 2012-13, it should be another exciting season.  There is not much better than taking in a Big 12 college football game.  If you are looking for tickets for any of these matchups be sure to check out our Big 12 Football Classifieds!

2012 NCAA Tournament Elite 8 Schedule

2012 NCAA Tournament Elite 8After the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Games, the “Elite 8″ matchups are finally set!  The East, South, Midwest, and West regional finals will take place over the weekend on Saturday March 24th and Sunday March 25th, 2012.  The Elite 8 games are the regional finals which means the winners advance on to the NCAA Tournament Final Four.  The 2012 NCAA Tournament Final 4 will take place over two days at the Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana.  The national semifinals will occur on Saturday March 31st with the Championship game on Monday Night April 2nd.

So, here are your 2012 Elite 8:

  • North Carolina Tarheels
  • Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Syracuse Orange
  • Louisville Cardinals
  • Florida Gators
  • Kansas Jayhawks
  • Baylor Bears
  • Kentucky Wildcats

and here are the elite 8 matchups and bracket pairings…

NCAA East Regional Finals 3/24/2012 @ 7:05 PM

#1 Syracuse Orange vs #2 Ohio State Buckeyes

NCAA South Regional Finals 3/25/2012 @ 2:20 PM

#1 Kentucky Wildcats vs #3 Baylor Bears

NCAA Midwest Regional Finals 3/25/2012 @ 5:05 PM

#1 North Carolina Tarheels vs #2 Kansas Jayhawks

NCAA West Regional Finals 3/24/2012 @ 4:30 PM

#4 Louisville Cardinals vs #7 Florida Gators