Would you pay $25,000 to attend a Super Bowl party?

What if the party offered a meet and great with Adriana Lima and Lily Aldridge? Or a chance to hang with rapper Nelly? Or watch Steven Tyler rock out on stage?

This weekend, thousands will be flocking to Arizona to watch the Patriots and Seahawks duke it out in the Super Bowl; thousands of others are there just to party My latest feature for CNN breaks down the annual gold rush known as Super Bowl Weekend:

Super Bowl XLIX: Final quest for the hottest tickets in town

(CNN)It’s a modern day gold rush.

A trip to Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix will cost even the most discerning fans thousands of dollars, while providing a hefty windfall for business owners riding one of the biggest consumer spending weekends of the year in the U.S.

Victoria’s Secret models hosting $25,000 tables, shady ticket deals, and risky online trading for Super Bowl seats have become as much a part of the annual celebration of America’s favorite sport as the ceremonial opening coin toss.

With so much at stake, many fans won’t be leaving anything to chance in the race to book luxury hotels, limos, and some of the year’s most lavish parties — not to mention, tickets to the big game itself.

As a result, a throwback solution from pre-Internet days has emerged as a winner: the hospitality package deal.

 “It’s a value-add situation,” says Anbritt Stengele, owner of Chicago-based Sports Traveler, who sold out of her few remaining Super Bowl packages last Friday.

Read the entire article on CNN.com here

It's getting hot in here....

                                   It’s getting hot in here….

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Motez Bishara on Yahoo Sports Radio Dissecting the Donald Sterling fallout / Kindle Countdown Deal Kickoff

Hello all!

Yesterday I was interviewed by the always terrific Elissa Walker Campbell for her Big E Sports show out of Houston on Yahoo Sports Radio.

We went over all the nail-biters in the first round of the NBA playoffs, but kicked off discussing the supercharged controversy involving Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling’s racist rant caught on tape by his 20-something year old mistress was legitimate global news, on a viral level. The NBA came down hard on the 80-year-old, banning him from the league on every possible level (no attending any arenas, no communication with management, etc) and is pushing for a majority vote of fellow owners which would force him to sell. This is totally unprecedented in global sports (and even, perhaps, in every level of business).

My take on the Sterling scandal and more can be heard on this 11 minute segment

But that’s not all! I’m running a Kindle Countdown Deal that kicks off today at the low LOW price of $1.99 (US customers only, sorry). Access the Kindle purchase from here

Clippers – Warriors Game 7 is in LA tomorrow, promises to be a good one! Have a great weekend everyone.

Vanessa, you can instagram me anytime you want.

Vanessa, you can instagram me anytime you want.

Half price opening day tickets AND my tips on scalping etiquette: KRLD Dallas radio interview

The launch of the new NBA season is less than a week away! In anticipation of opening day I spoke to Mitch Carr of the KRLD Morning News show in Dallas about how to get the best deals all over America, and drilled down into some important scalping do’s and don’ts.

Listen to the seven minute interview here:

And while we’re on the topic of Texas, basketball and tickets, I did some digging and found half-price 4th row center seats to watch San Antonio play Memphis on opening night. Yep, a season-ticket holder of the defending Western Conference champs is willing to take a $109 haircut on the deal (season-ticket price: $254, Ticketmaster price $329 with fees, eBay price $145 each) .
You can find the link here (while it lasts): http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=111182225492

A little digging goes a long way sometimes… happy hunting.

And Finally…The Frugal Fan in Print!

Coming this June, there’s more than just LeBron and the Heat vs. Parker and the Spurs to look forward to.  Beating the NBA is going live.

Yep, as more than a few of my friends have been aware of, I’ve been in the lab formulating this book for the better part of a year.  Writing, editing, interviewing, transcribing, proofing, re-editing, more proofing, formatting… and on it went. Writing a book is hard work!

Well, it takes a lot more work than I realized, to say the least. But at long last, the fruits of my labor are about to materialize.  I’m looking at June 12 as my tentative book release date (to coincide with the NBA finals). Copies will be available on Amazon, with the Kindle edition out about ten days later.

More details will follow shortly. In the meantime, here’s my cover. Thanks to all who helped make it happen!

Front CoverAnd here’s a little promo blurb to whet your appetite, in case you’re wondering   just what this opus is all about:

BEATING THE NBA is a new brand of “Gonzo” sports writing. Bishara is every fan in search of a little live sports entertainment for less than the price of a new Prius. Touring 31 NBA game in three countries, he gets to the bottom of how fans can get the most bang for their buck.

Inside the arena, he brushes with the cultural elite—Kanye West, Donald Trump, Ben Stiller, Will Smith, Jack Nicholson, etc.—while witnessing the genius of a who’s who of NBA icons. Outside the arena, he avoids getting jumped while wheeling and dealing for the best prices for the right to witness “kiss-cams”, $10 beers and the wiles of the “Warrior Girls”… all in person.

BEATING THE NBA covers:

  • Why all thirty NBA teams embraced the secondary market
  • Bishara’s fascinating interview with a nationwide scalper
  • His attendance at the first regular-season game in his hometown of London
  • Extreme cases of ticket mispricing and the answer: dynamic pricing
  • Scalping etiquette
  • The collusion of scalpers
  • The inherent racism of scalping
  • How showing up close to tip-off isn’t always the best strategy for getting low-price tickets
  • How Chicago is probably the roughest place to hustle tickets
  • His take on the 2011 NBA lockout
  • Why Ticketmaster has become our last resort
  • Bishara’s interview with the man who is singlehandedly changing the way teams price tickets: Barry Kahn

Bishara’s prose is sharp and funny as the travel-weary warrior fights the good fight from port to port and coast to coast. In some ways, BEATING THE NBA is the ultimate guide to experiencing the NBA, as Bishara visits many of the premier cities in the nation for the first time. He takes advantage of his time between games to partake of the diverse “local flavor” available at NBA cities by hitting quirky restaurants, checking out live music, and testing the glitzy to grotty nightlife. It’s a travelogue for the hoops set.

Doubleheader in LA (Part Two): Clippers at Lakers roundup

Completely different lighting for Lakers games. Spotlight only on the players during warmups, Hollywood style.

 

I'm so hating this. (surreptitious photo courtesy Amer Ali)

Meanwhile  the game started and i’m still outside. I’m so hating this. (surreptitious photo courtesy Amer Ali)

 

LA Live, expect an hour wait for food before a game

LA Live, expect an hour wait for food before a game

 

Everyone muscling for space down low

Everyone muscling for space down low

 

The sun's always shining in Lala land... until I invariably get lost in the hood.

The sun’s always shining in Lala land… until I invariably get lost in the hood.

 

 

 

Doubleheader in LA (Part One): Wizards at Clippers roundup

Late and nary a scalper in sight

Bright lights for the Clips. This was our view.

People came to see only one player

People came to see only one player

Everything is switched around for Clips games...except for these little things

Courtside in the Capital: Nets at Wizards recap

Elementary students singing national anthem, guaranteed two parents per kid attendance!

 

The national anthem ritual offers a few minutes for scoping out the babes in the crowd.

The national anthem ritual offers a few minutes for scoping out the babes in the crowd.

 

Courtside! Erm... where is everyone?

Courtside! Erm… where is everyone?

6’1 Wall shoots the game winner over 7 footer Lopez

 

Forget the wood paneling, any paneling will do

Forget the wood paneling, any paneling will do

Houston Landing: Sixers at Rockets roundup

Buying from the box office is for wimps

Buying from the box office is for wimps

 

The red theme was in full effect. View from my seat.

The red theme was in full effect. View from my seat.

 

Those championship banners are looking a little lonely.

Those championship banners are looking a little lonely.

 

Hope they're getting more than just free seats outta this

Hope they’re getting more than just free seats outta this

 

Yao Ming's shoes at Yao Chinese restaurant (no relation, oddly).

Yao Ming’s shoes at Yao Chinese restaurant (no relation, oddly).

Phoenix Rising: Kings at Suns roundup

Do not try this at 85mph

Do not try this at 85mph

 

I felt blessed

I felt blessed in Sedona

 

Star Wars night in Pheonix!

Star Wars night in Pheonix!

 

Gorilla doing his thing

Gorilla doing his thing

 

I made fast friends with Purpleman and Obi

I made fast friends with Purpleman and Obi

 

And genies too? Everything was happening that night

And genies too? Everything was happening that night

 

 

 

 

Running with the Utes: Suns at Jazz roundup

Is there any point to sitting up here?

Is there any point to sitting up here?

 

More fun than sitting up there!

More fun than sitting up there!

 

This explains everything. Had I only known...

This explains everything. Had I only known…

 

The Mormons knew they were in for good skiing when they settled into Utah.

The Mormons knew they were in for good skiing when they settled into Utah.

 

 

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