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2014 NFL Draft

Which player will your team take? That is what many football fans wondered last night when they watched the NFL draft, with 32 players being selected thus far. The top name in the draft was of course Johnny Manziel, who has become the new Tim Tebow, dominating nearly every story leading into the draft. Manziel slipped all the way to #22 and the Cleveland Browns, but constant speculation of where he would be drafted led to more people tuning in. The first round television ratings crushed the NBA and NHL playoffs last night, proving once again that football is the king of sports. The second and third rounds of the draft will take place tonight, with the remaining rounds taking place on Saturday.

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NFL Ticket Sales Take Off Following Schedule Release

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When it comes to the football, there never seems to be a true offseason. Every event that happens in the NFL makes headlines, including last week's regular season schedule release. The schedule was officially announced last Wednesday at 8 p.m., and immediately following the release, there was an influx of customers visiting TicketNetwork.com looking for tickets to the upcoming season.

Within 24 hours of the announcement, tickets to home games for all 32 teams were sold through our marketplace. So far, the top-selling team has been the Dallas Cowboys, who have accounted for nearly 10% of all the football tickets sold this past week. Dallas has a tough schedule of home games this season, including their opening week game against San Francisco.

While Dallas had the highest volume of tickets sold, it was the Denver Broncos which had the highest average selling price (see table below). Fresh off losing in the big game, Denver is among the favorites to win the championship this season. Their home schedule includes games against Indianapolis, San Francisco, as well as divisional rivalry games against San Diego and Kansas City.

Although the season is still months away, the NFL will continue to be in headlines nearly every week (the draft is only about a week away) and before you know it, the season will be ready to kick-off.

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Super Bowl Commercials Recap: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Yes, the Seattle Seahawks were crowned champions last night thanks to blow-out win against the Denver Broncos; but for all intents and purposes, the game was over well before the clock ran out. Due the fact the game lacked excitement for most people outside the pacific northwest, many turned their attention the next most interesting part of last night: the commercials. The average price that advertisers shelled out for a 30-second spot this year was a record-high $4 million dollars. Some of those advertisers got their money's worth, while others should have used the money on something else (a new ad agency maybe?).

After re-watching many of the commercials from last night's game, here is my list of the best and worst commercials:

Best Commercials of the Night

Budweiser "Puppy Love"/"A Hero's Welcome"

Budweiser was the biggest winner not named the Seahawks from last night. Their two commercials, entitled "Puppy Love" and "A Hero's Welcome," were the two most memorable and perhaps the most anticipated ads of entire night. Budweiser released the "Puppy Love" commercial online last week to almost unanimous positive reviews (unless you are a heartless robot who lacks emotion). Nearly everyone had either already seen the ad or had heard about it, yet the commercial still won the night. "A Hero's Welcome" (seen here) followed Lt. Chuck Nadd as he returned home from Army, and was given a ticker-tape parade complete with the famous Clydesdale horses. Moral of the story, to sell more beer, feature crying and puppies; works every time.

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NFL

There are only three games left in this NFL season, which on the surface is a sad thing (how did this season go by so fast??!?), but luckily for football fans, the two games this weekend are setting up to be a couple fantastic match-ups. The four remaining teams in the postseason – the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers – each finished with 12 or more wins and are considered by football experts to truly be the four best teams in the NFL this season.

While being the best team is obviously important to having a awesome conference championship weekend, it's all the additional story-lines and rivalries that are setting this weekend up to be one of the greatest weekends of football in memory.

Brady vs. Manning

For the past decade, the debate has raged on across the NFL – who is better: Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? Whichever side you choose, there are plenty of good reasons why you are right. Manning has the huge numbers and more MVP awards; Brady has more championship rings and the most playoff wins in league history. I fall on the side of Tom Brady, although I am extremely biased due to the fact that I am a Patriots fan. However, for many people, this weekend's game between the Broncos and Patriots is the line drawn in the sand; whoever wins the game is the better quarterback and perhaps the greatest of all-time. Of course, that may be going a little overboard, but it has thrown gasoline on the fire of this QB rivalry, which is only adding to the anticipation of the game.

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Thanksgivingukkah

It was really a unique day for millions of people yesterday, with Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coinciding for the first time 125 years. While 125 years does seem like a long time, the next time Thanksgiving will overlap with an entire day of Hanukkah won't be for another 70,000 years. As Jimmy Kimmel explains in the video to the left, many of us won't even be alive to see it.

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