European Soccer

EUFA Champions LeagueLodging difficulty and complications are being experienced by UEFA Champions League fans for the final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday May 26, as reported by Rory Smith in the N.Y. Times.  Cases of confirmed hotel reservations being arbitrarily cancelled by the property, only to be relisted for five times the cost.  The situation is casing UEFA to reconsider how they award future Champions League finals.  The 2019 final is scheduled for Madrid, Spain. (Smith, R. May 21, 2018.  Why Was My Room Cancelled? A Final Overwhelms Kiev. NYTimes, D1-4.)

 

Sailing

Leg 9 of the quadrennial round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race departed Newport, RI on Sunday, heading eastward across the Atlantic for Cardiff, Wales.    According to Scuttle Butt Sailing News, the clearing weather “made for a spectacular afternoon race start, with huge crowds along the Fort Adams shoreline as well on the water, and hundreds of spectator boats chasing the fleet around Narragansett Bay.” (unknown, May 20, 2018, “Volvo Ocean Race: Back to the track.” May 23, 2018, from  ScuttleButt Sailing News.)

 

Ticketing

In an opinion piece for the L.A. Times, Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. (D, NJ) is pushing for the breakup of the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger, claiming that he and other bipartisan lawmakers were against it from the start and pleaded with President Obama’s justice department to block the deal.  He now espouses breaking up what he calls a monopoly.  (Bill Pascrell Jr. “Everyone’s worst fears about the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger have come true.” May 17, 2018. LATimes, 5/23/2018, from latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-pascrell-live-nation-concert-ticketing-20180517-story.html)

Music Festivals

The summer concert and music festival season is upon us and many VIP Tickets are still available. This year’s festival lineup includes: Governor’s Ball Music Festival — June 1 – 3, CMA Music Festival — June 7 – 10, Firefly Music Festival — June 14 – 17, Vans Warped Tour — June 21 – August 5, Electric Forest – June 21 – July 1, Bonanza Campout Music Festival — June 22 – 24, Essence Music Festival — July 5 – 8, Sloss Music & Arts Festival — July 14 – 15,  Lollapalooza — August 2-5, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival — August 10 – 12, Burning Man — August 26 – September 3.  A more complete description of each can be found at Ticket News. (Perreault, O. May 22, 2018, “Summer 2018 Music Festival Roundup: Warped, Lollapalooza, & More.” From Ticket  News.)

Executive Jet Travel

A Gulfstream 200 crashed upon landing at Honduras International Airport on Tuesday.  The plane was carrying businessmen on a trip to the Central American Country.  The plane broke apart after skidding off the runway, but miraculously, there were no fatalities.  The airport is known as a dangerous airport with a mountainous approach and a short landing strip.

NBA PlayoffsNBA Finals

Both conference finals are tied at 2-2.   The Cleveland Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics ingame 5 today at 8:30PM in Boston.  The Golden State Warriors play the Houston Rockets in their game 5 tomorrow at 9pm in Houston.  In Boston, Level 1 center court seats are available on StubHub for just under $1000, with the front rows approaching $2000.  Upper level seats are available for $175 and under.  It will cost just a little more to attend the Golden State/Houston match with corresponding tickets going for $1700 and $300 respectively.

NHL Playoffs

The Las Vegas Golden Knights go into the Stanley Cup finals in their inaugural season after defeating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday.  The Washington Capitols play the Tampa Bay Lightning in their game 7 final tonight at 8PM in Tampa.  Center Ice tickets are available on Ticketmaster for $400 to $450.

 

6 Months from Today:

10/23/2018 – World Series Begins

11/2/2018 – Breeders Cup, Churchill Downs Louisville, KY.

11/17/2018 – The Game, Yale at Harvard

11/24/2018 – NCAAF Rivalry Weekend.  Ohio State at Michigan, Oregon State at Oregon, Notre Dame at Stanford, Alabama at Auburn, Florida State at Florida.

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