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NCAA Basketball

Today is the day the NCAA Tournament's Eastern and Midwest Regionals begin, and one thing is clear: The East Regionals have risen to a prominent position. For the previous two years, the South Regionals have dominated sales for tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com, or were at least about even with the Midwest, as was the case last year.

This year, the South Regionals have been left behind and in its place are the East Regionals, due at least in part to the addition of Madison Square Garden to the tournament. Currently, the games at MSG account for 26% of ticket sales for the Regionals, only beaten out by the Midwest Regionals at Lucas Oil Stadium, which account for 52%*.

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NCAA Basketball

Now that the First Four games have been played, the 2014 NCAA Tournament can truly get underway. We can also start making some comparisons with previous years, and see how things stack up. At this point in the tournament, the average selling price for all NCAA Tournament tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com is $263, about 22% higher than the price at the same point in time for last year's tournament, which was $215. In fact, the price is the highest it's been three years running, up 40% since 2012.

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Lana Del Rey

So a little earlier, I was sitting at my desk, ready to write all about what a great success the Queen + Adam Lambert tour had this past onsales weekend at TicketNetwork.com. Well, you all know what assuming does to a person! It's not that the trio of Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Lambert didn't indeed have a good weekend; they did. But one artist stood out that much more: Lana Del Rey.

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February's Top 10 Events

I'm beginning to feel a bit like a broken record, but the Ringling Bros. Circus just does that well when it's on fire, as does Monster Jam. Indeed, those two events dominated the ticket sales landscape for yet another month. For Ringling, it's the fifth time in the top spot in the last seven months, and this month's lead was quite convincing, leaving everyone else in the dust. Maybe it'll go for another streak of three, but we'll have to wait until next month to find out.

I'm more interested in discussing Bruno Mars. Sales for his tour's tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com were close to rivaling Monster Jam. Had some things been different, he might be in the second spot. Still, ticket sales for these shows did extremely well, which is why he got the third spot.

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Onsales This Week

Events onsale this week
Day(s) Event  
Thur/Sat Arctic Monkeys Buy tickets
Fri Bruce Springsteen Buy tickets
Fri Brantley Gilbert Buy tickets
Fri Luke Bryan Buy tickets
Fri OneRepublic Buy tickets
Fri Willie Nelson & Allison Krauss Buy tickets
Fri Morrissey Buy tickets
Fri DMB Buy tickets
Fri/Sat Lady Antebellum Buy tickets
Fri/Sat Lionel Richie Buy tickets
Fri/Sat Monster Jam Buy tickets
Sat Guinness Cup Buy tickets
Sat Cirque: Michael Jackson The Immortal Buy tickets
Sat Bonnaroo Buy tickets
Mon Mexico Soccer Buy tickets
Mon New York Yankees Buy tickets

Like last week, the next few days of this week are going to be quite busy, with a lot of activity in concerts, sports, and theater. However, one of the onsales we'll be paying particular attention to is that of the New York Yankees. That's because single game tickets for Yankees home games go on sale this coming Monday, February 24.

Of course, we're really interested to see how well Yankees tickets sell in light of Derek's Jeter's recent announcement that he is retiring after the upcoming season. I don't think anybody doesn't think they'll sell extremely well — the final home game and final regular season game ought to do particularly well — but we are excited to see how the retirement affects demand.

We already have some preliminary answers to that. More than a week after the announcement, prices have spiked. Last Friday, I noted that the average selling price for Jeter's last home game on September 25 had risen almost $250 from before the announcement to after it. Today I can report that the after-announcement selling price is now $505, almost $100 more than seven days ago.

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