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2012 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

Green Bay Packers PhotoIt’s no secret that popular teams in major sports markets like the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago, Bears, New England Patriots, NY Giants, NY Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers etc., all demand top dollar for tickets regardless of competitiveness.   However, ticket price is often dependent upon not just the popularity of the team but also the success.      Although any team with strong fan support that is a legitimate Super Bowl contender is likely to have some rather pricey tickets on the secondary market, many ticket speculators often forget that even less popular teams with small fan bases can see major spikes in ticket prices during seasons in which they are contending for a playoff spot.

Below we break down the Top 10 NFL teams in terms of anticipated ticket demand.  Obviously, these rankings are largely based on popularity and fan support but preseason outlook is also given considerable weight in our analysis.

2012 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

1.  Green Bay Packers

The Packers may not be in a large market but they more than make up for that with the passion of their fan base.  The Packers may have fallen short in their quest to repeat as Super Bowl Championship but Aaron Rodgers and company should be back in the mix once again.

2.  New England Patriots

The Patriots are ranked either #1 or #2 in most preseason rankings and should be in contention for another Super Bowl if Tom Brady can stay healthy.  We all know how sports crazy the Boston area is…

3.   New York Giants

The Giants are the defending Super Bowl Champs in the largest city in the US…enough said.

4.  Denver Broncos

The Broncos surprised a lot of people last year with a less than spectacular Tim Tebow at the helm.  The arrival of Peyton Manning has Bronco fans very excited and it is already reflected in tickets prices for 2012-13 games.

5.  Chicago Bears

Fans in Chicago are extremely excited to see what Jay Cutler can do with a bonafide #1 WR in Brandon Marshall.  With an aging Bears defense this might be do or die time for the franchise.

6.  Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers always seem to be competitive and always sell out Heinz Field.  There is no reason to think that will change this year.

7.  Detroit Lions

The Lions made a big return to relevancy last year.  Football fans in Detroit love their Lions and they should have plenty to cheer about with a nasty defense and a dynamic offense led by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.

8.  San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers were the sleeper team last year.  As such they quickly rebuilt a fan base that left them after the Joe Montana – Steve Young eras after finishing 13-3.  The 9ers should be a force again this year with the top defense in the NFC.

9.  Philadelphia Eagles

Many expected the Eagles to be a Super Bowl contender last year after lining up a dream team of free agents.  However, last year was a complete disaster proving once again you can’t buy a championship.  However, the Eagles have too much talent to be held down any longer.  Combine that with the ravenous fans in Philly and ticket demand will be considerable.

10.  New York Jets

J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets fans always come out and support their team.  While they aren’t likely to be in any conversations about the Super Bowl, they should contend for a Wildcard spot.  Should QB Mark Sanchez go down and Tim Tebow take over…look out!

Just missed the cut:  Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints

Sleeper Team:  Washington Redskins – If RG3 can be half as effective as Cam Newton was in his rookie campaign, the Redskins could contend for a playoff spot.  Skins fans have been itching to get behind this team and a return to relevancy could mean a huge spike in ticket prices.

 

 

Packers going to Super Bowl!

Bear Down, Chicago Bears?  Sure was.  In what surely was an abysmal and disappointing showing by the Bears at their home field of Soldier Field this Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers took home the big W with a 21-14 victory.

So what happened?

Chicago Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler left Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against in the third quarter with a knee injury. The team has listed his return as questionable.  Journeyman QB Todd Collins replaced him, but Collins also left the game after going 0 for 4 for 0 yards with a few of his incompletions nearly being intercepted by the Packers.  Third time’s the charm?  Quarterback Caleb Hanie took over where Collins sort of left off.  That still doesn’t explain what happened during the rest of the game.  Cutler was struggling through a poor performance going 6 of 13 for 80 yards with no touchdowns at the time of the injury.

Hanie ever so briefly rallied his team for a touchdown drive to gain on the Packer’s lead 14-7 after Chester Taylor’s 1-yard touchdown run early in the 4th quarter. The Bears had the opportunity in their hot little hands to tie the game after the Bears’ defense finally got a few stops, but Hanie practically handed the ball to the Packers defensive lineman, B.J. Raji who took the gift and ran 18 yards into their end zone for another Packer’s touchdown.

The Packers, much unlike the Bears, actually showed up for the game.  They had a taste of the Super Bowl and they went after it.  Packers QB, Aaron Rodgers was on fire!  He ran for a touchdown.  He made a touchdown-savings tackle.  Rodgers was able to keep the Bear’s defense off kilter and kept the usually stellar Devin Hester under lock and key.  The Packers defense held their ground and took care of the rest by kicking the Bears to the curb..

The Stakes were huge today.  This was the 182nd meeting in the league’s most history rivalry.  The Packers will head to Dallas to take on either the Steelers or the Jets in the Super Bowl.

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Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers – NFC Championship Game

Two teams were crushed in the NFC Divisional Championship Games on the 15th and 16th of January.  In fact, those two teams probably are going to let their heads hang low for quite a while.  The Green Bay Packers annihilated the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, while the Bears rolled over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Atlanta just never seemed like they could get their act together on Saturday.  Aaron Rodgers, QB for the Packers, was spot on all night.  The Falcons just couldn’t keep up with Rodgers quick thinking, laser eye and rocket arm.  He was unstoppable.   He threw 366 yards and had 3 touchdowns.  Not too shabby, eh?    The Atlanta Falcons turned the ball over four times, couldn’t protect their quarterback Matt Ryan, committed seven penalties, got slaughters in time of possession and gave away a season high in points. Green Bay took down Atlanta 48-21. 

The Bears also are making quite the impressive showing against the Seahawks.  While the Seattle Seahawks had a very impressive victory the week previous when they trampled the Super Bowl defending New Orleans Saints, but the Bears just didn’t care.  They were going to win the game, and that’s what they‘re doing .  The snowy and cold conditions at their home turf, also worked to the Bears favor.   The Bears took home three touchdowns in the first half alone with the help of Jay Cutlers fine throwing and skill.  Not to be outshone, Greg Olson is the first Bears tight end to get 100 yards in a playoff game ever, even under the jurisdiction on Mike Ditka and his championship Bears back in ’85.  Nice work, Mr. Lovie Smith.  The Chicago Bears are in the process of taking down the Seattle Seahawks 28 to nothing mid third quarter.  It’s pretty much inevitable how this game will end.

Soo….boiled down, what does this all mean????  The Green Bay Packers will be playing the Chicago Bears on Sunday the 23rd for the NFC Championship title at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.  This is like a Midwesterners best dream matchup ever.  The Bears and the Packers have a long-standing feud and rivalry.  They have competed against each other 180 times. The Bears currently hold winning record against the Packers with a record of 92–82–6 in head-to-head matches.

A brief history of the Packers and Bears Championship History:

Green Bay Packers

  • Starting with the1992 season, the Packers had 13 non-losing seasons in a row (their worst record being 8–8 in 1999)
  • Two Super Bowl appearances
  • One Super Bowl win (Super Bowl XXXI).
  • They returned to playoff form with winning campaigns in 2007 (13–3)
  • Competed in the NFC Championship game, 2009 (11–5), and in 2010 (10-6) under current head coach Mike McCarthy.

Chicago Bears

  • Won nine NFL Championships (eight pre-merger, and one Super Bowl).
  • The Bears have also recorded more regular season and overall victories than any other NFL franchise.
  • The franchise recorded its 700th win on November 18, 2010

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Dog Days of Ticket Sales

NFL Training Camps Set To Open

NFL players will be reporting to camp soon- That means ticket sales for NFL games will be heating up.

It’s no secret that July is typically the slowest month for event ticket sales.  With both the NBA and NHL seasons over the only thing driving ticket sales are summer concerts and Major League Baseball.  While concert tickets are typically big sellers, most tickets for the most popular summer shows took place back in the spring.  There is usually a rush of ticket sale immediately before some popular shows like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber but nowhere near the levels of immediately after the tickets go on sale.

Major League Baseball tickets are not much different.  Opening day, inter-league games, and the All-Star Game can have some big time demand but ticket sales overall usually fizzle as many teams fall out of the playoff hunt and begin selling off players with the wait til next year mentality (e.g. Chicago Cubs).  While MLB tickets do begin to surge as the playoff races heat up, that is not until August-September when fans begin to get excited about baseball again.

So while ticket sales may be slow in July, this is a great time to plan ahead and begin your online marketing campaigns for upcoming big sellers before the competition does.  If you are serious about making ticket sales now is the time to start promoting NFL and College Football tickets.  Believe it our not NFL training camps will begin to open up very soon and preseason games are just 1 month away.  The begining of August is typically when NFL fans began to get excited and start planning which games they want to attend in 2010.

NCAA Football is much the same.  Summer camps are already underway and student will be returning to campus in a little over a month and a half.  This season of College Football is certain to be one of the more memorable seasons as several teams will be changing conferences and several others are rumored to be doing the same.  To help you in your marketing efforts, below is a list of the most viewed NFL and College football tickets viewed at FreeTicketClassifieds.com:

Top 10 NFL Tickets

Top 10 College Football Tickets