Super Bowl 50: Hot ticket over $5K
Super Bowl 50 is more than a hot ticket, it’s a record-setter on the secondary market as of Monday.
The average price for a ticket to the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif., on Feb. 7 is $5,335 on SeatGeek, according to company content analyst Chris Leyden.
Leyden said the cheapest seat at Levi’s Stadium was $3,000 and prices for the best seats in the house near midfield were over $7,000. About 28 percent of the tickets purchased on the secondary market were bought by California residents, Leyden said, and 10 percent were North Carolinians.
The day of the conference championship games last year, tickets for Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., were going for $4,271 on SeatGeek. However, interest overwhelmed the market in the days leading up to the game and several sites were forced to back out of ticket sales agreements, leaving many fans who traveled to Arizona with no ticket.
Panthers LB Davis undergoes surgery
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis underwent surgery Monday morning in hopes of stabilizing a broken right forearm enough to allow the 11-year veteran to play in Super Bowl 50.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera was optimistic that Davis will be able to play against the Denver Broncos on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.
“If everything goes well, it is my understanding this is something he can play with,” Rivera said Monday during his news conference.
Davis, who was selected to the Pro Bowl, was injured tackling Arizona Cardinals tight end Darren Fells in the second quarter of the NFC Championship game Sunday. As Davis closed on Fells, Fells went airborne and caught Davis awkwardly.
Blue Jackets coach Tortorella to miss at least two more games
Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella is expected to miss the team’s home-and-home series against the Montreal Canadiens after he suffered two broken ribs in a fall during an outdoor practice last week.
Tortorella, who played at the University of Maine from 1978-1981, broke the ribs in a collision on Friday with Blue Jackets forward Rene Bourque after the player lost his balance skating over a rut in the ice. Tortorella was taken by ambulance from the arena to Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, where he was examined and released.
Assistant coach Craig Hartsburg is leading the team.
Former NFL quarterback Vince Young arrested for DWI
AUSTIN, Texas — Former NFL quarterback and University of Texas football star Vince Young has been arrested in Austin on a charge of driving while intoxicated, police said on Monday.
Young, 32, was pulled over on Sunday night after his sport utility vehicle was seen moving erratically and drifting between lanes on a major highway running through Austin, a police arrest affidavit said.
Young has not spoken to the media about the incident.
Young works as a diversity and community engagement officer at the University of Texas, where he played in college.
Pro Bowl needs 14 players
The 2016 Pro Bowl needed to identify 14 replacements for the roster now that the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are headed to Super Bowl 50.
From the Broncos, cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib and linebackers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware must be replaced. From the Panthers, quarterback Cam Newton, running back Jonathan Stewart, tight end Greg Olsen, center Ryan Kalil, guard Trai Turner, fullback Mike Tolbert, linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, defensive tackle Kawann Short, and cornerback Josh Norman won’t be going to Hawaii.
In addition, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer pulled out of the game and said he wanted to let his dislocated right index finger heal. Palmer threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles in Sunday’ s loss to the Panthers.