Today in sports: Why $4,000 Super Bowl tickets are cheap, the Westboro Baptist Church will picket Joe Paterno's funeral, Tim Lincecum reportedly turned down a "nine figure" contract extension with the San Francisco Giants, and life without Knicks and Rangers.
$4,054. That's the average price of a Super Bowl ticket today on resale site like StubHub and eBay. That's off almost 14 percent from the average price of a ticket to last year's matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. The price is expected to climb in the two weeks before the game, since most of the early purchases are made by corporate sponsors who devour tickets in blocks and hold onto them. [Bloomberg]
University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly won't be the next coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after the super-secret contract negotiations between the two sides collapsed last night. Tampa general manager Mark Domenik said this morning that Kelly's "heart is with college football," which wasn't the case Sunday, when the news surfaced that Kelly was all set to join the team, and had even cancelled an upcoming recruiting trip to Sacramento. Per the Tampa Times, salary was "not the issue" that caused the talks to collapse, which suggests Kelly either had a genuine change of heart or that he wanted more input on personnel matters. [Tampa Bay Times]
The funeral for former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will take place on Wednesday. Never ones to miss an opportunity to intrude on the grief of strangers, the Westboro Baptist Church has announced they'll be in State College picketing the funeral. [Yahoo Sports]
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has reportedly turned down a contract extension from the San Francisco Giants. The exact terms of the proposal are unknown, but CBS is reporting the offer was "five years and nine figures." The decision to reject a deal that would have paid him at least $20 million a season may seem curious, but it makes more sense when you consider that Lincecum is one of the best pitchers, and that the Texas Rangers also just paid more than $100 million to sign Yu Darvish, who has never thrown a pitch in major league game. [CBS Sports]
Time Warner Cable's blackout of the MSG networks is entering its third week, and New York sports fans who want to see the Knicks and Rangers are grudgingly making the trip to Madison Square Garden. Missing the first-place Rangers is tough, per fan Shawn DeGrechie, because "people have very few things to look forward to in life." The blackout is equally frustrating fors Knicks fans like Jared Kleinstein, who says watching Knicks games is better at home, where you have a TV to yell at when they lose. He explains the difference in how fans are being forced to consume the team's games this year: "We don’t have the opportunity to say ‘I told you so’ to the TV every time Carmelo throws up a brick." [The New York Times]
The Miami Dolphins apparently have plans to "aggressively pursue" quarterback Peyton Manning if/when he's released by the Indianapolis Colts. It should be noted that their interest is contingent on the team's medical staff giving Manning a clean bill of health, and Rob Lowe being mistaken about Manning's plans to retire. The Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins also reportedly plan to pursue Manning, though not "aggressively" like Miami. [Miami Herald]