There is no hotter topic in sports right now than the circus that is surrounding Alex Rodriguez. From his appeal of the 211 game suspension that he was handed by Major League Baseball to him getting beaned by Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster in this past weekend's game, A-Rod is consistently the lead story on SportsCenter.
Why? Because people really love being entertained.
Sports, not unlike a television show or movie, is infinitely more entertaining when there is a great story-line. As much as MLB wants to punish A-Rod for his involvement with using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), they would be kidding themselves if they don't think he is main reason for the high ratings that the Yankees-Red Sox games got over the weekend. He is the villain. He is the heel. He is the guy everyone loves to hate. Most importantly, he provides great theater.
While I don't advocate the use of steroids in sports, I just think it's hard to deny that the topic is pretty entertaining to talk and argue about. In fact, I'd definitely say that PEDs kind of make sports more interesting. Hear me out.
In August concerts, Bob Dylan, Macklemore, and Allman Brothers Band head on tour — but not before several festivals, including the Americanarama Fest and the Peach Music Fest, take place. For sports, the NFL preseason kicks off the countdown until NFL season starts back up again, while a few new shows open on Broadway.
Bob Dylan: A notoriously prolific touring artist, Bob Dylan will wrap up at the Americanarama Fest, and then embark on a solo tour Aug 4.
View Tickets »
Allman Brothers Band: Like Dylan, Allman Brothers Band will also do a festival, followed by their own tour. The group will perform at the Peach Music Festival, then head to Chicago Aug. 20.
View Tickets »
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The rapper/producer duo tour across the world starting Aug. 2, before making their way back to the states Aug. 31 and doing a U.S. tour.
View Tickets »
On Tuesday, July 16, the best baseball players in the world will all be taking the field in New York for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. While the game is the biggest event, it is just one part of a full weekend of festivities that will take place in and around Citi Field next week. From the All-Star FanFest to the Home Run Derby, there is a lot to look forward to. Which one of the events are you MOST excited about?
No one would blame you if you were looking forward to the game itself the most. The best players all on the field at the same time, playing in perhaps the world's most famous city. It's tough to beat that.
The Home Run Derby
One of the most anticipated events every year is the Home Run Derby thanks to countless, unforgettable moments. Some of those memorable moments include Mark McGwire pounding homers over the green monster at Fenway Park in 1999; Josh Hamilton hitting 28 home runs in a single round at Yankee Stadium in 2008; and Sammy Sosa in 2002 hitting baseballs to places never reached at Miller Park.
Derby captains David Wright and Robinson Cano, as well as their teams, will have to bring it if they want to provide the fans with another one of those moments.
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.
Last night, it was announced that as many as 20 Major League Baseball players may be suspended from the league for their connection to a clinic in Miami that's involved in a performance-enhancement drug scandal. Among the players up for suspension are New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun. Others include Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Mariners catcher and first baseman Jesus Montero, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, and Padres outfielder Everth Cabrera.
Some players may even be suspended for as many as 100 games. These developments came as part of MLB's investigation into Biogenesis Lab founder Anthony Bosch, who (allegedly) provided the performance enhancing drugs to the players. Because Bosch will cooperate completely with the investigation, the lawsuit MLB had filed against him will likely be dropped. If things continue along this path, this performance-enhancing drug scandal would be the largest in American sports history.
What do you guys think? Personally, I think one commenter on ESPN said it best: "Stop this nonsense, I have a fantasy league to win."