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Now that we are nearly half-way through the 2013 Major League Baseball season, I thought it would be a great time to take a look back on the first half of the season and check out some of the ticketing trends that have developed so far on TicketNetwork.com.

At the top of the list of top-selling teams are the Texas Rangers, who currently have the second-best record in the American League. Rangers tickets for games in Arlington, TX, have accounted for more than 10% of all tickets sold for MLB regular season games. By comparison, there have been more tickets sold for the Rangers games than for the bottom nine selling teams, combined. That includes teams like the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and both Chicago teams, the Cubs and White Sox.

Right behind the Rangers is their 2010 World Series opponent, the San Francisco Giants, who account for more than 9% of MLB tickets sold. The defending World Series champs have struggled this season, hovering around .500 for much of the year, which has not dampened their fans enthusiasm.

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Top 10 Highest-Paid Athletes in Professional Sports

Highest-paid athletes

Some people make a lot of money. Like, so much money the rest of us peons can’t even fathom how much money that is. Aside from being a celebrity, it seems like sports is the place to be if you want to be so rich that you can swim in a pool full of money.

According to a recent article, the highest paid employee at most public colleges is not the college president, but some type of sports coach. Most coach football, although some coach basketball, and one highest paid coach does hockey. Many earn in the low millions (as if "low millions" is a thing anyone would pass up).

But their salaries sort of pale in comparison when it comes to what professional sports players make. Sports Illustrated released a list of the top 50 best paid athletes... and they make so much. They could probably buy an island. For their pet giraffe. And that pet giraffe could have a pet monkey. And that pet money of the pet giraffe has its own island, too.

Here are the top 10 paid athletes according to that list. (For the full list, click here.)

10. Zack Greinke, $29,020,000: Greinke, who is 29, plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers and, for that alone, makes $29 million. He also makes $20,000 in endorsements. The Dodgers tend to have the highest payroll in all of the majors, with four of their players on the list. Greinke's contract was at one point the biggest ever for a right-handed pitcher, with a six-year, $147 million deal.

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The film "42" was released yesterday in movie theaters across the U.S. It tells the story of Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey and the legendary Jackie Robinson. Robinson, the first black baseball player in the MLB, began as a first baseman in April 1947. The Dodgers effectively ended racial segregation that had made black players play the sport on separate leagues. But it wasn’t easy, and "42" sheds light on the struggle Robinson faced, and the risk Rickey took in making him part of the team. In honor of not only the film, but Jackie Robinson himself, here are 10 facts about the beloved baseball star who changed sports forever.

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Yay! I get to mention Beyonce in this week’s post because we’re talking about…

Jay-Z and Beyonce in Cuba

Jay and Bey simply cannot catch a break. The couple recently vacationed in Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. But they immediately came under fire from legislators (and the general public) who questioned how and why they were able to visit a country the U.S. restricts its citizens from traveling to. Rather than release a statement, Jay-Z released a new song, "Open Letter," to tackle criticisms. I wouldn’t have it any other way. (The video, above, features the clean version of the song, with the unedited version available on YouTube.) Everyone was talking about the song following its release — even White House representatives, who issued a formal response.

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Sometimes, you wonder what is going through a person's mind at any given time. After seeing what happened in Arizona the other night, that's exactly what I wondering about the dude below:

First of all, I don't know if he is actually that girl's boyfriend, he could be her husband, sister, cousin or mortal enemy, all I know is that he is in for a world of shame and humiliation. Either she is going to leave and never talk to him again, or she will hold it over his head for the rest of his life. No win situation. Not to mention he has been featured on countless local and national news stations, blogs and all over social media as the "worst boyfriend ever". He better do everything he can to make it up to her, because he will struggle to get a date after this one.

Runner-up

This happened a few weeks ago and comes in a close second on the worst boyfriend scale. That dude just does not like to share his ice cream.

Big thank you to former NBA player turned analyst Chris Webber for breaking down the action, he sums everything up perfectly. She had the last laugh anyway, Blue Bell ice cream just recently gave her a year's supply of ice cream.

Which do you think is worse: letting your girlfriend get hit in the face with a baseball or selfishly not sharing your ice cream?

(Thanks to TheBloodyOwl for the GIF)

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