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Matt Cullen is originally from Chapel Hill, NC. He studied Marketing and Professional Golf Management at Florida State University and received his MBA in Sports Marketing and Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, attending sporting events, and is an avid Florida State football fan. Matt and his wife Carlie were recently blessed with their first son, Carson.

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Victoria Barnett is originally from High Point, NC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Business and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys watching baseball, baking and fishing. Her favorite place to travel is anywhere in Florida, especially the Florida Keys.

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Jaime Villegas is originally from Sanford, NC. He earned his B.S. in Sports and Entertainment & Event Management with a minor in Concert/Event Production from Johnson & Wales University at Charlotte. He has since worked with several nonprofit organizations. Jaime has an affinity for music, traveling and pop culture. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his pup, Bane, going to concerts/music festivals and all things fun. 

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Carolynn Wilcox is originally from the bustling metropolis of Lenoir, NC. She earned her BSBA in Marketing with a minor in Supply Chain Management from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC despite starting off her freshman year in the Architecture program at UNC Charlotte. Her prior experience spans across a variety of areas, from marketing to nonprofits to logistics. Her top ten includes the mountains, cooking (eating), classic rock, and Gators football.

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Vinay Patel is one of the few surviving Charlotte natives. He received a degree in Art & Marketing from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Formerly with an Inc 500 startup, he understands the role of  wearing many hats, dabbling in design, social media, copywriting, analytics and more. When not being serenaded by giant chickens, you can find him playing cornhole at your local watering hole, cheering on the Carolina Panthers, or watching cartoons and eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch. 

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Remembering Darryl Dawkins: A Look at Chocolate Thunder's Legacy

  
  
  

A few days ago the world lost one of its biggest basketball stars, Darryl Dawkins. Darryl, an NBA Legend that joined the NBA Events family a few years ago, often made appearances for exclusive meet and greets during our NBA events.

Darryl was born January 11, 1957 in Orlando, Florida, and burst onto the national scene in 1975 when he became the first player to make the transition directly from high school to the NBA. From that moment on fans knew to expect big things from Darryl Dawkins. He attended Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, where he led his team to the Florida State Championship his senior year. That summer, Dawkins chose to renounce his college eligibility and applied for the 1975 NBA Draft as a hardship candidate.

Darryl DawkinsPower Personified

Darryl was selected as the fifth overall choice by the Philadelphia 76ers in the draft. With a physique that rivaled some of the greats, inordinate strength and an unusually accurate jump shot for a man his size, Dawkins quickly became one to watch and showed promise well beyond his years. The first few years saw Dawkins become one of basketball’s larger-than-life figures. It was clear Dawkins was destined to make his mark on the sport’s history in a number of ways.

On a November night in 1979, with the Sixers playing in Kansas City against the Kings, Dawkins rose over Kings power-forward Bill Robinzine and his powerful dunk literally brought down the basket, shattered the plexiglass backboard and rained clear pellets onto the floor, and delayed the game by 90 minutes. He gave the dunk a name: “The If-You-Ain’t-Groovin’, Best-Get-Movin’, Chocolate-Thunder-Flyin’, Robinzine-Cryin’, Teeth-Shakin’, Glass-Breakin’, Rump-Roastin’, Bun-Toastin’, Glass-Still Flyin’, Wham-Bam-I-Am-Jam.”

When Dawkins repeated the feat a few games later, the NBA responded by warning him that he’d be fined if he did it again and later made it illegal to hang on the basket after a dunk, a dictum that became known as the Dawkins rule.

Darryl DawkinsWhat’s In a Name?

As one of the game’s fiercest dunkers, it seems only fitting that “Chocolate Thunder” also gave his dunks names just as awesome as his. Names like: Your Mama, In Your Face Disgrace, Cover Yo Damn Head, Earthquake Breaker and Left-handed Spine Chiller Supreme were often heard from the sports commentators after Dawkins performed them with unmatched precision and finesse. 

Standing Out

While some may argue that a dunk is just for appearances and not skill, Dawkins argued, “it gets your team hyped, get the crowd all excited and takes the starch out of other teams, especially when you dunk on somebody.” Dawkins knew that a dunk was more than just a dunk, there was always a motive.

When Dawkins wasn’t standing out on the court, he was making lasting impressions with his explosive style. Known for his brightly-colored suits, Dawkins literally lit up the room the moment he walked in.

Darryl DawkinsFor the Love of Basketball

Following his 14 seasons in the NBA, Dawkins had a brief stint with the Harlem Globetrotters. He was able to keep his love affair with basketball going as a coach of the ABA’s Newark Express and the Winnipeg Cyclones, as well as the USBL’s Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs. In 2003, Dawkins released his autobiography titled "Chocolate Thunder: The Uncensored Life and Times of Darryl Dawkins." He remained visible at events like the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, where he served as a judge for this year’s Sprite Slam Dunk contest. Dawkins was known for his flamboyant personality; it’s something that made him so loveable. Fans would say that Dawkins was too big, too strong and too darn funky to be contained by our basketball world, so he created his own. Dawkins often said he was from Planet Lovetron, where he spent the off-season practicing “interplanetary funkmanship.” See? Dawkins was truly a man out of this world.

We will miss you, Chocolate Thunder. 

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How to Qualify for The Masters Tournament®

  
  
  
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The Masters Tournament is one of four major professional golf tournaments in the world, cast among such other notable events as the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA championship.  It is held every year at one of the most exclusive golf courses in the world, Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.  The Masters is technically an invitational, but there’s no committee of elders meeting to determine the competitors!  The rules are very clear on what achievements qualify a golfer to receive the coveted Masters invitation.

One aspect of the Masters that sets it apart from the other professional golf majors is that on occasion, big names in professional golf are absent from the list of competitors while some small-time, unheard-of golfers receive an invitation.  The Masters invites a number of amateurs each year and typically enjoys a smaller field of 90-100 competitors.  This ensures that not only is the Masters an exclusive event, but it also keeps things challenging with fresh talent each year.

This year’s Masters champion, Jordan2016-Masters-Golf-Tournament Spieth, took home $1.8 million after his win at Augusta National.  If you’re looking for an extra source of income and think your golf game is up to snuff, you’ll have to put a lot of work in to be eligible for this legendary golf major.  The following are Augusta National Golf Club’s nineteen qualifications to receive an invitation to putt at the Masters.

  1. Masters Tournament Champions (Lifetime)

  2. U.S. Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)

  3. British Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)

  4. PGA Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years)

  5. Winners of The Players Championship (Three years)

  6. Current US Amateur Champion (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year) and the runner-up to the current US Amateur Champion

  7. Current British Amateur Champion (Honorary, non-competing after 1 year)

  8. Current Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion

  9. Current Latin America Amateur Champion

  10. Current US Amateur Public Links Champion

  11. Current US Mid-Amateur Champion

  12. The first twelve players, including ties, in the previous year's Masters Tournament

  13. The first four players, including ties, in the previous year's U.S. Open Championship

  14. The first four players, including ties, in the previous year's British Open Championship

  15. The first four players, including ties, in the previous year's PGA Championship

  16. Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, from previous Masters to current Masters

  17. Those qualifying for the previous year's season-ending Tour Championship

  18. The fifty leaders on the Final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year

  19. The fifty leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the current Masters Tournament

2016-Masters-Golf-Tournament-TrophyAfter reading all that, does it blow your mind that Jordan Spieth made his way to the 2014 Masters at the young age of twenty?  Let’s take a look at the trail that led him to this world-class event.  Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur twice before playing college golf for the University of Texas.  He played in the 2012 U.S. Open, earning a spot as an alternate following the withdrawal of another golfer from the event.  Spieth officially went pro in 2012 during his sophomore year of college.  Upon winning the John Deere Classic in July 2013, Spieth achieved full status as a PGA Tour member, ranking 11thin the standings and granting him an invitation to each of the subsequent three majors.  The rest, as they say, is history!  

Reserve Your Spot at the 2016 Masters®

Feeling a little discouraged by that list of qualifications, thinking that your golf game might not be on par for you to get an invitation to play?  No worries, golf is just as exciting as a spectator sport!  The 2016 Masters Tournament is scheduled for April 4-10 at Augusta National, and we’ve got your exclusive access all lined up!  Our packages offer tickets to Practice and Tournament Rounds, premium hospitality at The Garden City Club, hotel accommodations, and much more.  Among the concierge services we provide are golf tee times at area courses, private chef meal preparation, celebrity appearances, exclusive dinner reservations (where you’re likely to spot Mastersgolfers), and whatever else might fit your vision and budget for the event!

Hospitality at The Garden City Club includes full buffets for breakfast and lunch, cocktail hour, private lockers and daily pairing sheets for the latest tournament highlights.  A number of other amenities are also included and accommodations can be reserved at either the Sheraton Augusta or the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Augusta hotels.  Select your package and secure your spot at the 2016 Masters Golf Tournament today!

 

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What to Do in Vegas During the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction Weekend

  
  
  

Barrett Jackson Auto Auction 5So you’re headed to Vegas and pumped for your weekend at The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction™, but what will you do when you’re not bidding on cars as they cross the block?

Well fret not, it is VEGAS after all! They say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas but we’re going to give you our suggestions on how to round out your exclusive weekend with memories you’ll definitely want to take back home.

It’s like having all the awesome things from the Hangover, without the hangover.

Take a look at some of our top things to do while attending the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction!

Go shopping!

Vegas offers some of the best places to shop. Most hotels offer their own shops with unique stores centered on the themes of the hotel. Vegas is also home to several brick and mortar stores of some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Of course, don’t forget to visit the gift shops to buy a little reminder of your trip!

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Go golfing!

Need to loosen up a bit before heading to the auction? Visit the Bali Hai Gold Club, named after the famous Indonesian land of enchantment, this lush and very luxurious course is surrounded by seven-acres of opulent water features, tons of tress, towering palms and over 100,000 Balinese tropical plants.

The par-71 course measures 7,002 yards from the tips and affords spectacular views of the Strip mega-resorts from the fairways. Bali Hai’s unique layout includes teasers like #16, a par-3 island green that frequently comes with an audience from the Cili Restaurant patio and #3, a 468 yard par-4 with a creek running the entire right-side, balanced with a bunker on the left. Play #3 and find out why it’s called “Shipwreck.” Challenging play, breathtaking scenery and first class facilities make Bali Hai a one-of-a-kind golfer’s paradise that Golf Digest named one of the “Top 50 Resort Courses”. It’s the quickest way to take a trip to Bali without leaving the country.

Have your mind blown!

You’ve seen him on T.V., on Oprah, you’ve even read his books! I’m talking about Criss Angel, arguably the most watched magician in the history of the planet. And now you can be part of the magic while in Vegas! Catch Criss Angel in Believe, an illusion spectacular at the Luxor Hotel & Casino.

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Hit the pool(s)!

Las Vegas hotels are known for not only their luxurious casinos, but also for their over-the-top pools! Barrett-Jackson VIP Experiences’ guests staying at the Mandalay Bay’s Delano Las Vegas Hotel can enjoy the different areas of poolside goodness within the 11 lush acres of the Mandalay Bay Beach, including Moorea Beach Club, the Beachside Casino, and newly-opened Daylight Beach Club and over five amazing pools!

Gamble! (Responsibly, of course)

It wouldn’t be Vegas if you didn’t test your luck in the casinos. The tricky part is obviously deciding which one to visit! There is no proof that one casino offers more luck to patrons so I can tell you to visit a specific one. However, I must tell you that if you plan on gambling; make sure you gamble responsibly. Set yourself a budget and keep that in mind as you play! But if you get lucky, you might be able to bid on one of those other cars you’ve been eyeing this whole time!

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If you haven’t bought your Official Ticket Package for the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Las Vegas, now is the time!

Barrett-Jackson VIP Experiences will get you exclusive access to special VIP benefits throughout the weekend, from meet and greet opportunities, gourmet food and beverages, behind-the-scenes access and so much more!

 

 

 

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5 Reasons to Attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

  
  
  

When does a boat show affection?

When it hugs the shore!

We love kicking off with a joke to set the mood for the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Doesn’t it get you so excited? The Boat Show is one of the biggest events of the year and certainly one you don’t want to miss. There are so many reasons to attend this year, but we’ve narrowed it down to five. Check it out below!

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1. Fort Lauderdale

What’s not to love about the “Yachting Capital of the World"? Fort Lauderdale is the perfect location for the world’s largest in-water International boat show. Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center will host the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show once again, as they have for several years.

The weather is perfect year-round; even in November you will experience temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. In addition, the eating joints and nightlife are top of the line! Needless to say, your heart and stomach will be fully content. Plus, after the close of the Boat Show, you can visit the shops or the beach before you hit the hay.

2. The Windward Club

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The Windward Club is the newest addition to the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. This all-inclusive luxury hospitality venue is located at the heart of the show in the centrally-located Swimming Hall of Fame. The climate-controlled oasis offers the convenience of private dining, gourmet food buffets, open bar and special showcases. Enjoy all-day access to this premium venue, which is only available to VIP guests.

The Windward Club is the perfect platform for networking, closing business or simply relaxing. You can also take advantage of the dedicated concierge on-hand for reserving private, guided yacht tours on behalf of VIP guests.

3. Boat and Yacht Debuts and Tours

Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will also be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, sailing yachts, bowriders, super yachts and much more. This is your opportunity to view the newly released models of boats for the upcoming year.

As a VIP guest, you can reserve a private, guided yacht tour through our dedicated on-site concierge in the Windward Club.

4.Classes and Seminars

Fishing. Insurance. Maintenance. Financing. If there’s a subject you are interested in, there is most likely a class or seminar on it! Throughout the weekend, you can learn the ins and outs of the marine industry and life on the water. Gain insider knowledge on maintaining your boat, and receive expert tips on insurance, financing and general upkeep.

5. Exhibitor Booths

Can you imagine over 1,400 exhibitor booths? Well, that’s what you can experience at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show! These exhibitors will converge with their showcase events and displays, and the Convention Center will be transformed into a marine playground. This is your chance to shop the latest and greatest marine toys, apparel, and so much more. Have fun exploring!

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Attend the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

If these five reasons aren’t enough, we can give you a few more! There are so many reasons why you need to start planning your trip to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Be a part of the excitement and experience the “Greatest Boat Show in the World” like you never have before. With an Official VIP Boat Show Experiences Ticket Package, you will enjoy access to the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show plus exclusive amenities throughout the weekend. See you there! 

 

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League of Champions: Past NBA Summer League Winners

  
  
  

NBA Summer League 6The NBA Summer League is the most anticipated event during the off-season. It is a series of competitions where NBA teams come together to try out different summer rosters instead of their regular season line-ups.

This is a perfect opportunity to showcase less-seasoned players consisting of rookies, second-year players, and unsigned free agents.

Currently the NBA Summer League takes place through three different leagues: the Orlando Pro Summer League, Utah Jazz Summer League and the Las Vegas Summer League.

Through Official Ticket Packages direct from the NBA through NBA Events, fans can get a glimpse of some of the NBA’s most up-and-coming stars.

Let’s take a look at the past winners of the Las Vegas Summer League since 2013.

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The 2013 NBA Summer League season was one for the record books. It quickly cemented itself as being an integral part of the NBA off-season. 22 teams participated in the Las Vegas Summer League: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Sp

However, the semifinals came down to Miami Heat against the Phoenix Suns and the Charlotte Bobcats versus the Golden State Warriors. The Phoenix Suns trumped Miami Heat with a score of 91 to 89. The Golden State Warriors didn’t hold back as they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 75 to 67.urs, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and the NBA D-League Select.

During the finals, the Golden State Warriors went to head-to-head with the Phoenix Suns. The final match was a grueling one as both teams were not letting up. In the end, the Golden State Warriors took the title home.

2014 (Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets)

The 2014 edition of the NBA Summer League saw 23 NBA Teams and the NBA D-League Select team participate.

The semifinals in 2014 saw the return of just one familiar team, albeit with a slightly different name. The Charlotte Hornets, previously known as the Charlotte Bobcats, unfortunately weren’t able to hold off the Rockets as they were defeated 83 to 79.

The Sacramento Kings and the Washington Wizards also went at it on the same day to determine which team would battle it out against the Rockets for the title. After an exhausting but exciting game, the Sacramento Kings beat the Wizards 74 to 62.

The next day you could feel the electricity in the air as the crowd was pumped for the match-up between the Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings. The first and second quarters were pretty evenly matched as both teams put 17-20 points on the board each during both quarters. During the final quarter the Sacramento Kings pulled the rug out from under the Rockets, finishing with a score of 77 to 68.  

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This year’s final four show down was insane! The matchups were as follow: the Phoenix Suns versus the New Orleans Pelicans and the Atlanta Hawks against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Atlanta Hawks took on the San Antonio Spurs first, and the Spurs came out swinging. The Spurs put on 23 points in the first quarter, 12 more than the Hawks. Without skipping a beat, the Spurs continued to dominate the Hawks, ultimately beating the Hawks 75 to 68.

For the second round of the semifinals it was the Phoenix Suns versus the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans had been a favorite throughout the summer league and were thought to make it all the way to the final, but the Suns pulled out all the stops and made it an almost impossible feat for them. The Phoenix Suns finished the semifinals on top of the Pelicans with a score of 93 to 87.

Then the stage was set, the Phoenix Suns versus the San Antonio Spurs for the title. Fans were eager to see both teams go at it as it was evident that the championship round was one you did not want to miss. And boy was each quarter a nail-biter! After teams switched back and forth for the lead the entire game, it came down to the last quarter. The Spurs and the Suns equally put more than 28 points on the board just in the fourth quarter alone! In the end, the San Antonio Spurs prevailed and won the title of 2015 NBA Summer League champs.

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Summer League?

The NBA season hasn’t started yet, but there’s no better time like the present to plan your experience to the 2016 NBA Summer League!

Through NBA Events, get all of the non-stop action and thrill that comes with NBA Summer League as well as incredible exclusive access you won’t find anywhere else. Secure luxurious hospitality, NBA Legend meet & greet opportunities, and accommodation in Toronto’s finest hotels!

 

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Pacific Classic Recap: Beholder Dominates the Males

  
  
  

2015 pacclassic beholder headimage2 resized 600The Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” series for the Breeders’ Cup Classic continued last Saturday with the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. It looks like American Pharoah has finally found some competition after mare Beholder beat out the boys and became the first female to win the Grade 1 race in its 25-year history. The winning margin was the second greatest in Pacific Classic history as Beholder finished a solid
8 ¼ lengths ahead.

Many were surprised to see her beat up the colts like this. She dominated the track, easily disposing of pacesetters Bayern and Midnight Storm and then setting out to leave the others in the dust. Jockey Gary Stevens urged the 5-year-old mare home using just his hands and led Beholder to an impressive victory in front of a crowd of 20,424. She ran the 1 ¼ miles in 1:59.77.

Beholder finished ahead of Catch a Flight followed by Red Vine, Hoppertunity, Imperative, Hard Aces, Class Leader, Bailoutbobby, Bayern and Midnight Storm, respectively.

This victory earned Beholder an automatic spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic this October and likely a date with American Pharoah. This should make for one epic race, and we can’t wait to see the two go head-to-head. We know American Pharoah has all the talent in the world, but we wouldn’t be surprised if this mare gives him a little run for his money. 

Zenyatta is the only female to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which she accomplished in 2009 at Santa Anita Park. Will Beholder be next?

Watch the recap of the Pacific Classic below!

How the Breeders’ Cup® Works

There are a few different ways to qualify for the Breeders’ Cup. The first is by winning a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” series consists of 78 stakes races. Winning one of these races automatically earns you entry into the corresponding Breeders’ Cup Championship race and also waives entry and starting fees.

There is a total of seven challenge races for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the fifth of which was the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. The next Breeders’ Cup Challenge for the Breeders’ Cup Classic will be the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Sep. 26.

The second way to qualify for the Breeders’ Cup is based on a points system, where horses are ranked based on their performance in major races during the year. Points are awarded based on the race quality and then by win, place and show (first, second and third place finishes). Take a look at the scale below:

RACE QUALITY

WIN

PLACE

SHOW

Grade 1

10

6

4

Grade 2

6

4

2

Grade 3

4

2

1

The third way to gain entry to the Breeders’ Cup is to be selected by a panel of experts. For each Breeders’ Cup Championship race, there are a maximum of 14 horses selected. Seven of those horses qualify through Challenge races or the points system. Seven are selected by experts. The reasoning for this method of qualifying is to ensure the highest quality of competition for each of the races.

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Attend the 2015 Breeders’ Cup®

We already know Hard Aces, Noble Bird, American Pharoah, Honor Code and Beholder have earned automatic spots in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Who else will join alongside?  

With an Official Ticket Package direct from Breeders’ Cup and QuintEvents, you can be there to witness the action of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup! Get an unbeatable experience that includes tickets, hospitality, exclusive insider extras and much more. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to head to the heart of the Bluegrass State in October and see some of the best horses compete at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup!

 

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NBA All-Star 2016 Challenge Series: 3-Point Contest

  
  
  

3 Point ContestIf you’ve ever played a friendly game of pick-up with your friends or have watched any basketball game on TV, then you know that one of the most impressive moves to see executed perfectly is the three-pointer. There’s nothing like seeing the ball go swiftly through the hoop and hearing the sounds of approval from fans!

The NBA All-Star Foot Locker Three-Point Contest has become the toast of the All-Star weekend, and the NBA knows exactly how to make sure the catalog of shooters is always top-notch! Some of the best 3-point shooters in NBA history make appearances throughout the All-Star weekend, and they come prepared for the Three-Point Contest to not only talk the talk but walk the walk!

The 3-point contest has been moving toward replacing the Dunk Contest as the main event of Saturday night for a couple of years now. During the NBA All-Star 2015, there were rumors the Three-Point Contest was going to replace the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest as the closing event, and those rumors are still swirling today! Maybe we could see a shake-up at the NBA All-Star Weekend 2016.

The Format

As many people know, the Three-Point Contest consists of two rounds with the top three shooters advancing to the finals. There are five ball racks on the floor with one in each corner, one on each wing, and one at the top of the 3-point arc. Four of the racks consist of four normal NBA basketballs and a fifth money ball worth two points. The fifth rack will be placed at the choosing of the shooter and will be all money balls.

After all eight players shoot, the Top 3 will advance to a final round where the championship would will be decided.

NBA All Star 2015 QuintEvents 14Flashback Friday: The NBA All-Star 2015

This past February, the NBA All-Star took Brooklyn by storm, bringing one of NYC’s most beloved sporting events right to its stoop! Let take a look back at what made the 2015 NBA All-Star just so spectacular! Stick around to find out how you can guarantee your spot at next year’s All-Star festivities in Toronto!

Defending Champ

2014’s defending champ, Marco Belinelli (San Antonio Spurs), did not make it out of the first round, finishing with 18 points. That’s how quickly this game can change! It is extremely difficult to make it through to the final round of the competition.

Last year, Belinelli was able to power-through and dominate the other talented players. Unfortunately this year the cards were not in his favor.

Final Round Standings

Best Shooter Ever?

Before Stephen Curry and Co. (Golden State Warriors) won the title of NBA Champions, Stephen was fighting to earn the title of best shooter ever of the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.

Curry came out onto the court rolling out the virtual punches with near-perfect accuracy. Curry nailed 13 shots in a row and finished with 27 points in a ridiculous championship round effort to fight off Splash Bros and fellow All-Star Klay Thompson and Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kyrie Irving in the championship round.

Foreshowing the Future

Irving, the winner in the Three-Point Contest in 2013, followed his first round score of 23 points with just 17 in the championship round. Curry went second and cranked it up, putting a ton of pressure on Thompson to combat his efforts. Unfortunately, that’s something he simply couldn’t do on that night and wasn’t able to defend this title.

They say the universe works in mysterious ways; perhaps this was a foreshadowing of what was to come a few months after the NBA All-Star.

NBA Legend Meet and GreetHead to Toronto for the NBA All-Star 2016!

Now that you’ve gotten the low-down on one of the most entertaining challenges during the NBA All-Star weekend, what are you waiting for? Get your Official Ticket Package direct from the NBA through QuintEvents and you can start planning your own All-Star weekend.

With Official Ticket Packages you get exclusive access to in-arena hospitality, premium bar, interactive experiences, NBA Legend Meet and Greet and more!

 

 

 

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The 5 Most Anticipated College Football Games of 2015

  
  
  

The 5 Most Anticipated College Football Games of 2015

 

11 conferences, 16 weeks, 128 teams, and countless incredible matchups. This college football season is gearing up to be quite a show. Here are our picks for the 5 most exciting college football games of 2015.

 

 

Alabama vs Wisconsin (Sept 5)

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After suffering a heartbreaking defeat to LSU last season, the Badgers are out to prove to the SEC that the Big 10 has more than just one worthy adversary. Head coach Paul Chryst returns to Wisconsin to face off with the Crimson Tide at AT&T Stadium, in literally, the biggest arena in football. Traditionally Alabama has dominated against opening non-conference opponents, but with their QB position still in the air, and Wisconsin bringing proven senior QB Joel Stave back under center, look to this matchup to be a close one.

Ohio State at Virginia Tech (Sept 7)

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This time last year the Buckeyes looked lackluster and the Hokies were on a path to glory. But after Ohio State’s 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech, they went on to win 13 straight games and the National Championship while the Hokies finished the season with an overwhelming 7-6 record. Being the only game played on Labor Day, both sides will be feeling the pressure to perform.

Florida vs. Georgia (Oct 31)

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The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party takes place on Halloween this year adding a bit extra to the festivities. Despite a win against the Bulldogs, Florida’s poor performance during the season led to the resignation of head coach Will Muschamp. With Jim McElwain now at the reigns, it’s uncertain whether the inexperienced McElwain will flop or lead the Gators to victory for a second time.

USC at Oregon (Nov 21)

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After Oregon’s embarrassing loss to OSU in the National Championship, USC looks to dethrone the wounded Ducks from the top of the PAC 12. The two teams haven’t played each other since 2012, and without QB Marcus Mariota, the Ducks will be out to prove they still deserve to be at the top. Oregon’s performance at Stanford a week before will likely be a major factor for the outcome of this match.

Ohio State at Michigan (Nov 28)

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Arguably the biggest rivalry in college football has been refueled with the debut season of Jim Harbaugh as head coach of the wolverines against the well-established Urban Meyer. Although OSU has dominated 10 of their last 11 meetings, the addition of Harbaugh could be a game-changer. The matchup will be a true meeting of the minds and is a great way to end out the regular season.

BONUS: 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship

(Jan 11)

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The ultimate showdown takes place in the Valley of the Sun in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix stadium. The Playoff system has proven itself, and with so much movement happening in every conference, it’s anyone’s game.

 

Old grudges, new powerhouses, and reignited rivalries. One thing is for sure, this is going to be a heck of a season. Which games are you excited to see? Let us know in the comments below.

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Key NFL Dates for the 2015-2016 Season

  
  
  

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Dates!

With that being said, mark your calendars! It’s time to KICK-OFF (get it?) football season with some very important NFL dates you need to know! Take a look below to make sure you don’t miss out on any action throughout the rest of the year and on to 2016.  

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2015

Aug. 13-17 First preseason weekend

Aug. 20-24 Second preseason weekend

Aug. 27-30 Third preseason weekend

Sept. 1 Clubs must reduce rosters to maximum of 75 players on the active list

Sept. 3 Final preseason games

Sept. 5 Clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the active/inactive list

Sept. 10, 13-14 Regular season opens

Thank goodness, right?! Very few things are better than the official start of football season.

Oct. 4 NFL International Series: Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets in London

The New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins will square off in London on October 4. We’re looking forward to Geno Smith and Ryan Tannehill going head to head in this AFC East matchup. This will be the third time the Dolphins make a trip to London and the first time for the Jets. Be there to experience this exciting matchup!

 

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Oct. 25 NFL International Series: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills in London

The Buffalo Bills will travel abroad to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on October 25. Rex Ryan’s defense will look to stifle Blake Bortles and the Jaguars’ offense in this international matchup. This will be the third time the Jaguars head to London and the first time for the Bills. Don’t miss out on this action-packed matchup!

 

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Nov. 1 NFL International Series: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Detroit Lions in London

The Detroit Lions will invade London to face the Kansas City Chiefs on November 1. Alex Smith and the Chiefs host Matthew Stafford and the Lions in a potentially-pivotal Week 8 matchup. This will be the second time the Lions go abroad to London and the first time for the Chiefs. This is one game you don’t want to miss.

 

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2016

Jan. 3 Week 17 of the regular season

Jan. 9-10 Wild Card playoffs

Jan. 16-17 Divisional playoffs

Jan. 23 East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

Jan. 24 AFC and NFC championship games.

Jan. 30 Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama

Jan. 31 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii

Watch AFC and NFC’s best compete against each other on January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Similar to the 2015 Pro Bowl, the 2016 Pro Bowl will be “unconferenced.” There is no more AFC vs. NFC. It’s all about giving you matchups like you’ve never seen before!

 

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Feb. 7 Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Cali. on February 7, 2016! This is one monumental experience you need to check off your bucket list. Plus, how can you turn down incredible seats, player meet & greets, and access to Official NFL parties?

 

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April 28-30 NFL Draft

The location for the NFL Draft has yet to be determined, but we know it will be exciting nonetheless. There’s nothing like witnessing your favorite players be drafted into the NFL! I think we can all agree that every year the picks get interesting, and you never know for sure what’s going to happen. But that’s what makes it a thrilling experience!

 

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Be there!

It may seem like there are a ton of dates to keep up with, so we made sure to highlight some of the most important ones! These also happen to be the ones you would most likely want to attend, right? With an Official Ticket Package through QuintEvents direct from NFL On Location, you can be there to experience the action and excitement. Whether it’s the Super Bowl, an International Series Game or the Pro Bowl, you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life.

Dive into the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!

  
  
  

Why did the sailboat sink while tied to the dock? Pier pressure!

Nothing like a (great) boat joke to kick off the excitement surrounding the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show! In a few months, people from around the globe will gather at the world’s largest in-water International boat show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Whether you are familiar with the boat show or are new to the event, we have thrilling news about how the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be elevated this fall. Below, you can dive right into the history of the Boat Show and then learn about the exclusive access you can have while you’re there.

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Overview

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the world’s largest International boat show, covering seven locations and over three million square feet of space. Exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. You can enjoy a wide variety of boat and sea vessel displays including runabouts, sport fishers, high performance boats, luxurious superyachts and more. With over 1,400 exhibitors showcasing events and displays, the Convention Center transforms into a marine playground.

History

International Boat Show 5 resized 600The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show began in 1959 when a group of manufacturers and dealers were looking for a way to sell their boats. Former city mayor, Robert O. Cox, was instrumental in starting the Boat Show and reviving the Marine Advisory Board, later known as the Marine Industries Association. As it has since its integration in 1959, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida still owns the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The Boat Show went through a series of changes in names, locations and dates over the years. However, 1976 was a monumental year as Show Management (also known as Yachting Promotions) formed and three major changes occurred that have been influential in the Boat Show’s current success. First, the show was renamed the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.  Second, show dates were moved to the fall, after manufacturers had released new year production models.  Third, the show moved to its current location, the Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center. This was also the year the first boat show program was implemented.

By 1985, the Boat Show boasted over 900 exhibits and was gaining worldwide stature while commonly being referred to as the “greatest show on the water.” The show grew considerably and expanded over the coming years. By the 50th anniversary of the show, six separate distinct areas encompassed the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, covering approximately seven acres. Today, the Boat Show measures 9/10th of a mile, and it forces aerial photography of the whole show to be taken from over 3,000 feet overhead. 

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show draws people from all over the world and from all different backgrounds. At the show, you may run into professional athletes, movie stars, presidents, foreign dignitaries and other famous celebrities. Attendance continues to be on the rise, rain or shine, and there’s no doubt the show will continue to grow over the next several years.  

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Date and Location

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the “Yachting Capital of the World,” will host the 56th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from November 5-9, 2015. The new VIP program is scheduled to launch on primetime Thursday and run through Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th. 

The show will be located in and around the Convention Center at 7 different key locations. The show's transportation network of bus shuttles, water taxis, and riverboats ensures attendees can easily navigate the boat show and its expansive waterways system. The VIP program boasts valet parking within the show perimeter as well.

Official Ticket Packages

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Hospitality 3 resized 600The best way to attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is with an Official VIP Boat Show Experiences ticket package from QuintEvents. The multi-year partnership between QuintEvents and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has opened the doors for the first-ever luxury experience program for marine and boating enthusiasts. It’s certainly something you don’t want to miss!

An all-access ticket grants you new boat and yacht debuts and tours, access to over 1,400 exhibitor booths, classes on fishing, insurance, financing and maintenance, fashions shows, live entertainment, fireworks display, and so much more. In addition to your ticket, you will have exclusive access to an all-inclusive hospitality venue, the Windward Club. Plus, you will enjoy valet parking “inside the show.” Read more about the luxurious Windward Club below.

Windward Club

The Windward Club is a climate-controlled oasis conveniently located at the Swimming Hall of Fame, where you can enjoy all-day access to a premium open bar, gourmet food buffets and a private dining area. It is the perfect place to network, close business or simply relax throughout the weekend. One key feature of the Windward Club is the personal on-site concierge dedicated to reserving private, guided yacht tours for our VIP guests.  

Foreign dignitaries, boat enthusiasts, and Hollywood stars and sports’ greatest celebrities can access all of the various events in and around the Convention Center with the added benefit of a relaxed atmosphere at the Windward Club.

Attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Now that you know more about the history of the Boat Show as well as the exclusive access you can have, it’s time to start planning your trip. Be a part of the excitement and experience the “Greatest Boat Show in the World” like you never have before. With an Official VIP Boat Show Experiences Ticket Package, you will enjoy access to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show plus exclusive amenities throughout the weekend. See you there! 

 

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