When it comes to sports tickets, we know that fans of a variety of sports are eager to see their favorite players, teams, drivers, wrestlers or competitors in action. Whether it’s NASCAR, NFL football, NBA basketball, MLB baseball, NHL hockey, PGA golf, tennis, UFC mixed martial arts or the sports entertainment of WWE, fans want to see the action up close and personal!
Here’s a quick rundown of the various sports seasons, playoff formats, and ticket information for avid fans.
In Major League Baseball (MLB), the regular season starts in early April and consists of 162 games per each team. Usually teams compete in 3-game series against a certain opponent, and sometimes they’ll do a 2, 4 or even 5-game series. Of course, the best players of the bunch play in the All-Star game in early July. The winning squad (AL or NL) determines which team gets homefield advantage in the World Series. MLB Playoffs consist of 8 teams total, with 4 from the American League and 4 from the National League competing in a first round best of 5 and second round best of 7 series. One AL and one NL team emerge to battle in 7 games for the World Series.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) season lasts for 82 games, with 16 teams making the playoffs. The Eastern and Western Conference each has 8 teams in the postseason, competing in series against other opponents. Ultimately one team remains when it’s all over, and they are the NBA World Champions. There’s also the always fun All-Star weekend in February of each season. The National Basketball Association regular season runs from late October through early April, with the postseason lasting as long as June.
In the National Hockey League, there are 30 franchised teams overall. Six of these teams are in Canda, with the other 24 here in the United States. Just like in the NBA, the hockey league also plays a total of 82 games in its regular season. Eight top-seeded teams from each conference enter an elimination playoff tournament, aka the Stanley Cup Playoffs. One team outlasts all of the others in the NHL to call themselves Stanley Cup Champions.
The National Football League may easily be the most popular league in the United States for many sports fans. The NFL started with just 11 teams back in 1920 but now consists of 32 teams, all in the United States. Its regular season consists of a 17 week schedule, with each team playing sixteen games. Each team also receives a bye week at some point. The postseason features six teams from the AFC and six teams from the NFC. Ultimately one team from each of those conferences outplays the others and makes it to the coveted Super Bowl. Superbowl Sunday is one of the biggest days in sports for all of the US.
Let’s not forget the other sports besides the four majors discussed above. Many fans also enjoy the mixed martial arts action of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), or the family fun sports entertainment of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). These two fight sports feature competitive action as MMA fighters and WWE wrestlers battle it out. Neither has a season per se, but both feature regular Pay-Per-View events and TV shows held around the world. While one of these competitive fighting sports is very real, they both involve highly athletic and skilled performers in the ring (WWE) or Octagon (UFC).
We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention three other favorite sports that fans seek tickets for regularly. Tennis, golf and NASCAR all have their place in sports culture and have huge followings. These sports feature intense competition whether its on clay, the greens of a golf course or the pavement of a challenging racetrack. Seeing these events in person is the stuff memories are made from!