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NBA All-Star 2016 Challenge Series: Degree® Shooting Stars

Posted by Jaime Villegas on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 03:42 PM

One of the best parts of NBA All-Star Weekend is Saturday's round of skills challenges. One of the youngest events, though at this point it's 12 years old, is the Shooting Stars competition. It's a simple concept, taking one current NBA superstar, one retired NBA star and a current WNBA star, to make for a thrilling show.

It's also an ingenious event for the NBA to put on because it works on multiple levels. In addition to giving fans a closer look at what makes the stars of today such great shooters, it honors the history of the league by including a legend and brings an audience to the WNBA that may not always be watching in the summer.

For three straight years, Miami Heat star Chris Bosh has helped lead his team to victory. Bosh has been flanked by NBA legend Dominique Wilkins and WNBA scoring forward Swin Cash. They've taken down the team's of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, James Harden, and many more as they seem to settle in as the Michael Jordan of Shooting Stars competitions.

The Shooting Stars competition has quietly become one of the more entertaining parts of the All-Star Weekend and that's not just by default. People love watching what ends up becoming a half court shooting competition. Sounds fun but it’s actually a lot more technical than just throwing basketballs from halfway down the court. You have to get through the other three shots on the floor before you get to the midway point on the floor, but once you get there, the drama builds and the crowd buys into the heaved attempts.

The Rules

The Degree Shooting Stars includes four numbered shooting locations of increasing distance, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. All four teams will compete in the first round, and the two teams with the fastest times advance to the championship round. The team that finishes all four shots in the least amount of time in the championship round will be declared the winner.

There are also specific rules for each shot. For example, the first shot is a 10-foot bank shot from the right angle. If you don't score off the backboard, the shot doesn't count, and you must keep trying until it is correct.

Here's how the entire shooting chart looks:

A look at the 2015 Shooting Stars Challenge

Bosh and his Miami Heat teammates came up short in their quest for a third straight NBA title last June, but Bosh, Swin Cash and Dominque Wilkins were successful in winning a third straight title in the Degree Shooting Stars competition at State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.

Team Bosh defeated Team Westbrook -- Russell Westbrook, Anfernee Hardaway and Tamika Catchings -- in the final when, 57.6 seconds into their round, Wilkins knocked in the half-court shot. Team Westbrook failed to do that in 26 attempts, giving them a max time of 1:30.

With the team looking to 4-peat next year, Bosh and company will have some fierce competition against them when the NBA All-Star heads to Toronto.

Team Curry and Team Millsap were eliminated in the first round with times that would have won in the final. Team Curry -- Stephen Curry, Dell Curry and Sue Bird -- struggled on the second and third shots and finished with a time of 47.0 seconds. Team Millsap -- Paul Millsap, Scottie Pippen and Elena Delle Donne - had a good time out of the first three shots, but they needed nine attempts at the half-court shot and finished last with a time of 51.4 seconds. Both Team Bosh (:30.8) and Team Westbrook (:35.2) got the half-court shot within their first three attempts in the first round.

Ready for Toronto?

Make your way to Toronto with Official Ticket Packages from NBA Events through QuintEvents! Our packages come equipped with some of the best seats in the house and VIP hospitality that includes premium bars, gourmet food, celebrity meet and greets, and so more! 


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Make Your Picks: Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 10:35 AM

PFHOF-Experiences-FINAL-465819-edited108 Modern Era nominees plus two senior candidates and one contributor make up the potential Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Talk about exciting!

Eighteen finalists will be presented to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee on the eve of Super Bowl 50. The finalists will consist of fifteen Modern Era finalists as well as the senior candidates, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel, and contributor candidate, Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.

Since there is so much hype around the Class of 2016, we want to see what you have to think! 

Make Your Picks! Who are your favorite nominees?

There are over 100 nominees being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016! Comment below with your favorite! 


Drew Bledsoe Brett Favre Steve McNair
Phil Simms
Vinny Testaverde Kurt Warner

Running Backs

Shaun Alexander Roger Craig
Eddie George
Daryl Johnston Herschel Walker
Ottis Anderson
Stephen Davis
Priest Holmes
Jamal Lewis Ricky Watters  
Tiki Barber 
Terrell Davis
Edgerrin James
Clinton Portis
Brian Westbrook  

Wide Receivers

Isaac Bruce Henry Ellard Torry Holt Sterling Sharpe Rod Smith  
Gary Clark Marvin Harrison Terrell Owens Jimmy Smith    

Tight Ends

 Mark Bavaro  Jay Novacek        

Offensive Linemen

Tony Boselli Jay Hilgenberg
Jon Jansen
Mark May 
Chris Samuels   
Jeff Bostic 
Chris Hinton  Jim Lachey
Tom Nalen
Mark Schlereth
Jim Covert 
Kent Hull 
Mike Kenn
Nate Newton Steve Wisniewski  
Alan Faneca Joe Jacoby
Kevin Mawae
Orlando Pace    

Defensive Linemen

 Dexter Manley Charles Mann  Leslie O’Neal  Simeon Rice Fred Smerlas Bryant Young 


Cornelius Bennett Kevin Greene Clay Matthews
Matt Millen
Mike Vrabel  
Tedy Bruschi  Ken Harvey Willie McGinest
Sam Mills    
Keith Bulluck
Levon Kirkland Karl Mecklenburg
Zach Thomas    

Defensive Backs

Eric Allen  LeRoy Butler
Albert Lewis Darren Sharper Everson Walls   
Steve Atwater
Rodney Harrison
John Lynch 
Shawn Springs Darren Woodson 
Joey Browner 
Ty Law 
Lawyer Milloy   Troy Vincent     


Morten Andersen
Gary Anderson  John Carney
Jason Elam Sean Landeta  Nick Lowery

Special Teams/
Position Players

Ethan Albright Brian Mitchell Steve Tasker       


Don Coryell Tom Flores
Chuck Knox
Dan Reeves Marty Schottenheimer  
Bill Cowher 
Mike Holmgren Buddy Parker Pete Rodriguez Clark Shaughnessy
Tony Dungy
Jimmy Johnson
Richie Petitbon  Lou Saban Dick Vermeil   


Edward DeBartolo, Jr.          


Ken Stabler Dick Stanfel        


Be there LIVE.

What better way to see your favorite players be inducted into the Hall of Fame than to actually be there in person? With an Official Ticket Package through Hall of Fame Experiences, you can enjoy the
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend as a VIP guest and be granted access to top-of-the-line amenities. Experience a Class of 2016 autograph session, Concert for Legends, premium seats to the Enshrinement Ceremony and so much more. Don’t miss out on this exclusive experience!

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What’s New at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

If you’ve been to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show before, you are familiar with the typical experience: exciting activities, heat, decent food, a ton of people and lots of walking. We know how much fun the Boat Show is; there’s no denying that! But we also know you wouldn’t mind a little A/C, gourmet food and even valet parking.

Brace yourself. You can have all that and more.

The new VIP Boat Show Experiences program is here! So what does that mean? It means the
Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is stepping up its game. You wanted it; we’ve got it!

Take a look at the exclusive amenities you can now enjoy at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!


Valet Parking

If you’ve attended the Boat Show before, you know the parking situation. You can’t park directly in the Boat Show. The Show does have official transportation at several areas around Fort Lauderdale, but it will cost you. There are also other private parking lots that charge high premiums during the Show.

Instead of having to deal with the chaos, the Boat Show now has a convenient option for you: valet parking. You don’t need the stress of dealing with parking; let us deal with it for you. You can drop your car off right at the entrance to the Swimming Hall of Fame and then pick it up in the same place. It’s easy and worth it. Trust us!

Air Conditioning

The weather in Fort Lauderdale is beautiful, but when you’re outside all day, you are likely to get a little heated. The good news is, there is now a place you can retreat to when you need to relax and spend time in the A/C. Let me introduce you to the one and only Windward Club. This indoor, climate-controlled venue is the perfect place to get a respite from the heat while at the Boat Show!


Gourmet Food

Sure, a hotdog or hamburger isn’t so bad. But if you knew you could have a better option, wouldn’t you jump on the opportunity? We think so. Say goodbye to average and hello to gourmet. At the Windward Club, you can enjoy delicious gourmet food buffets throughout the day from 10am – 7pm, Thursday through Saturday.

Premium Open Bar

You want a beer? You can have a beer. The Boat Show has plenty of beer to go around. You want a glass of wine? A nice cocktail? You won’t exactly find it while walking the docks. But if you step foot inside the Windward Club, you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

The Windward Club offers a premium open bar, which is perfect for those of you who want to enjoy a nice alcoholic beverage. Whether you want beer, wine or liquor, we’ve got you covered.

Private Yacht Tours


We decided you need an easy and convenient way to tour the yachts on your most wanted list. So what did we do? We added an on-site concierge inside the Windward Club just for you.

Jo-Aynne Von Born will be available to schedule you private, intimate yacht tours throughout your time at the Boat Show. If you have your eye on a certain boat, Jo-Aynne will personally arrange an appointment with that dealer or manufacturer.  

We suggest going to the FLIBS website ahead of time to look at the selection of boats that will be at the Show. Find what you are most interested in and decide which boats you would like to tour. That way, when you get to the Show, you will be ready to go!

Be a Boat Show VIP!

You’re probably wondering how you can have all of the above amenities. It’s simple. An Official Ticket Package through VIP Boat Show Experiences contains all of that and more! You’ll get your ticket to the
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show plus valet parking and access to the Windward Club. Keep in mind, the Windward Club is closed off to the public so only those with VIP access will be able to enter.

We know how great the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is. But we also know that an upgraded experience will make it even better. Don’t you agree? See you in Fort Lauderdale!

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10 Frequently Asked Masters® Questions

Posted by Carolynn Wilcox on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 11:11 AM


The Tour Championship just wrapped up this weekend, leaving a cloud of dust in its wake and a very happy Jordan Spieth!  Spieth secured the season finale for himself by finishing at 9 under to become the youngest winner of The Tour Championship.  Though Spieth has officially taken the 2015 FedEx Cup and could very well earn the PGA Tour’s player of the year award, we have a feeling that the 2016 Masters will see renewed challenges from master golfers such as Jason Day and Rory McIlroy.  As the final months of 2015 fly by, we’re looking six months ahead to the 2016 Masters by answering some frequently asked questions about the tournament itself!

1.  When and Where is The Masters Golf Tournament®?

The Masters is held annually during the first full week in April at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.  In 2016, the Masters will take place Monday, April 4th through Sunday, April 10th.

2.  Can I Play at Augusta National Golf Club®?

Not unless you’ve received an invitation to the club or are a guest of a member!  There’s no application process, so if you’d like to become a member, just keep an eye on your mailbox for an invitation.

3.  Who Gets Invited to The Masters®?

For a detailed answer to this question, check out our post on How to Qualify for The Masters Tournament!


4.  How Do I Get Tickets to The Masters®?

In 2012, Augusta National began offering a small selection of tournament tickets online.  These tickets are distributed via random selection and typically sell out the summer before the Masters.  All tickets for the 2016 Masters Tournament available through Augusta have been sold in advance and no additional tickets are currently available. 

If you missed Augusta’s lottery, don’t worry!  QuintEvents has a number of different ticket packages available for the 2016 Masters Tournament, including access to both practice and tournament rounds.  These packages can be bundled to include Masters ticket badges, accommodations, hospitality, transportation and other concierge extras!

5.  Where Can I Stay During The Masters®?

QuintEvents ticket packages can alleviate the stress of trying to hunt down accommodations during the week of the Masters!  Choose from area hotels such as the Sheraton Augusta, Home2 Suites by Hilton Augusta or Fairfield Inn and Suites Augusta to ensure a convenient and inviting place to lay down your head after a long day on the green. 

6.  What Kind of Hospitality Is Available?

Garden-City-Club-Augusta-National-Golf-ClubQuintEvents is proud to feature The Garden City Club as the preferred hospitality vendor for the Masters in 2016.  This venue, located only a short iron away from the main entrance to Augusta National, sets the tone for guests to relax and revive during their tournament experience.  The expansive facility (approx. 14,000 sq. ft.) features private rooms for groups of various sizes or a large common area to share the exquisite setting against the classic lodge backdrop.  Be a part of the action as you watch the world’s best golfers compete for the coveted Green Jacket at Augusta National Golf Club!

7.  Where Can I Play Golf During The Masters®?

There are a number of incredible golf courses in and around Augusta that offer the perfect setting to practice your swing.  QuintEvents’ hospitality packages offer the opportunity to utilize our concierge services to schedule tee times at exclusive area golf courses!

8.  What on Earth Is ‘Amen Corner’?

Amen Corner, made up of holes 11, 12 and 13 at Augusta National, was so named after Arnold Palmer’s mind-blowing 1958 Masters performance on those three holes.  Herbert Warren Wind provided the name in a Sports Illustrated article, referencing a song called ‘Shoutin’ in That Amen Corner’ that appeared on an old Bluebird record.  For a more in-depth explanation, read this article on Amen Corner!

9.  Do Masters® Winners Keep the Green Jacket?


Yep – but only for the year following their win!  The jacket must be returned to Augusta National after that period of time, but each champion is still able to retrieve and wear his jacket on return trips to the club.  Check out our post on the green jacket to learn more about this coveted item!

10.  How Do I Get My Hands on That Delicious Pimento Cheese Recipe?

You don’t.  The man behind the famed pimento cheese sandwich at Augusta, Nick Rangos, passed away in August 2015, still claiming that “there’s no secret to it.”  He must be wrong, of course, because Augusta still remains tight-lipped regarding the recipe for the legendary spread.  If you’re looking to try your hand at fixing up this delicious sandwich at home, though, follow this recipe for a Masters-style pimento cheese sandwich.

Attend the 2016 Masters Golf Tournament®!

See the world’s greatest professional golfers compete in Georgia LIVE in April 2016!  Reserve Masters tickets and badges for individual days, two-day blocks or the entire week, and choose from packages that include accommodations, hospitality, transportation and more.  Some of the concierge extras that can be provided are golf tee times at exclusive area courses, in-residence meal preparation by a private chef, celebrity appearances and dinner reservations at elite establishments where you may spot actual Masters golfers!


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Breeders' Cup® Challenge Series: Awesome Again Stakes Recap

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

The Breeders’ Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge Series continued last Saturday with the Awesome Again Stakes, as Smooth Roller beat out 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern. Bayern, who entered the race at 5-1 odds, took the early lead but couldn’t keep it in the stretch.


Jockey Tyler Baze kept Smooth Roller behind pace-setting Bayern before he took charge on the far turn and cruised to the front. The four-year-old gelding went the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.08 to win his first Grade I race in this graded stakes debut. Hopportunity finished second followed by Bayern in third.

“This is his fourth race and from the very beginning Victor told me he could really run and he proved it. I worked him last week and ever since I’ve been on him down at Del Mar he’s turned into a monster work horse in the morning; he really wants to do it. Last week, Victor wasn’t here, he was at the Keeneland Sale. He called and told me to go seven eighths in 1:28. I literally breezed him in 1:25. I called him and told him ‘that’s as easy as he wants to go and he did it the right way.’”

Smooth Roller was bred to be able to go the distance in races. He is the son of Hard Spun, who finished second in the 2007 Kentucky Derby. He’s also out of an unraced Unbridled mare. Unbridled won the 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic, and finished second in the Preakness Stakes.

Trainer Victor Garcia had a few words to say about the race as well.

“I expected him to run big. He had a lot of trouble in his last race. He was washed out, stumbled from the gate, was four or five wide both turns and only got beat a length and one-quarter. I worked the horse twice and he worked real good. Tyler was real happy with it. We’ll go to the Breeders’ Cup (Classic), absolutely.”

Smooth Roller’s win in the Awesome Again Stakes earns him an automatic spot in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic where he will join American Pharoah, Beholder, Hard Aces and Honor Code. Noble Bird, who won the Stephen Foster Handicap, is out of training due to injury and will not be competing in this year’s Breeders’ Cup.

Watch the recap below!

Image courtesy of Breeders' Cup

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 sixth of which was the Awesome Again Stakes. The next Breeders’ Cup Challenge for the Breeders’ Cup Classic will be the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational at Belmont Park on October 3.  

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:





Grade 1




Grade 2




Grade 3




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.

Attend the 2015 Breeders’ Cup®

We already know Hard Aces, American Pharoah, Honor Code, Beholder and now Smooth Roller 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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A First Timer’s Guide to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 04:34 PM

If you’re new to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show or simply want a few tips for attending, this guide will help you be one step ahead. We are here to answer as many questions as possible before you head to Fort Lauderdale for the largest in-water International boat show in the world. 

We teamed up with boating expert Jo-Aynne Von Born to cover the basics of what to bring/wear, what to expect and how to prepare.

Let’s get started!


About Jo-Aynne Von Born

Jo-Aynne Von Born has never known a life without boating. She grew up in South Florida, where she spent a great deal of time on the water exploring what the boating life has to offer. She worked for Yachts International for 12 years and has attended the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show almost every year for the past 12-15 years. This year at the Boat Show, Jo-Aynne will serve as the on-site concierge in the Windward Club, a hospitality venue only accessible to VIP Boat Show Experiences guests.

Because of Jo-Aynne’s knowledge of boat shows and the boating industry in general, we were able to gain some great insight and get an insider’s perspective on attending the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

What is Fort Lauderdale like?

As Jo-Aynne says, Fort Lauderdale always has great weather! And there is so much to do. After a day at the Boat Show, there’s plenty of restaurants and clubs you can go to and things you can do in the evening.

What should I wear and bring to the show?


The key is to dress comfortably!
Jo-Aynne highly suggests wearing comfortable shoes and a hat. You will be doing a good amount of walking on docks, plus the daily highs range from 78°F to 82°F. Sunscreen is also recommended.

Many people wear shorts and a t-shirt; others opt for button down shirts and dress pants. You can always dress like a boater and go for a Columbia PFG shirt and lightweight shorts. It really just depends on your personal preference and style. Just remember that you will be roaming the docks in the heat, climbing aboard boats and exploring outdoor exhibits.

Don't forget your camera! You will want to take lots of photos so make sure you have plenty of space on your phone or camera. 

What can I expect?

Considering the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show in the world and covers over 3 million square feet of space, you can expect a lot! The show is home to over 1,400 exhibitors. Exhibits range from yacht builders to designers to exotic cars to brokerage yachts. You can bounce around the seven different locations via bus shuttles, water taxis and riverboats, and see what the Boat Show has to offer!

What types of events should first-timers check out?


Jo-Aynne suggests taking advantage of as many events as you can! There are all kinds of things based on what you are interested in, whether it be photography, fishing, cruising or law.

For example, if you were going to buy a boat larger than 80 feet, you must have a captain. Guess what? There’s a seminar at the Boat Show about how to hire a captain for your boat!  

Jo-Aynne's word of advice: Check out the seminars and special events that apply to the type of boating you like to do. There’s no reason not to! Most of the events are free. Plus, you get to meet other people that have the same interests as you, and you’ll get more information so that when you go to look at a boat you don’t feel clueless.

There’s probably too many events to attend but you won’t be left looking for something to do. There is plenty! The best thing is to do your research before you get there and know what it is that you want to find out about, learn about or see.

Check out our previous blog post for a breakdown of the various seminars you can attend.

What tools are available for new show attendees?

If you just walk into the Boat Show without a game plan, you might be overwhelmed. The good news is the FLIBS website has a great tool for discovering the types of boats you’re interested in.

Before you attend, you need to know what type of boat you’re looking for. If you go to the “Boats” page, you can search for boats and view different categories to find what kinds of boats you like. You can view a type of boat and say, “Yes, this is the type of boat I want,” or “No, I don’t want anything like that.” This tool will help you get a good feel for the type of boat you’d want to see at the show if you don’t have any idea.

What must a first-timer do before attending?

Ft-Lauderdale-International-Boat-Show-Boats-81Jo-Aynne stresses the importance of doing your research before you attend the Boat Show. You want to be prepared so that you can easily maneuver the Boat Show and hit the parts that you’re most interested in.

Take advantage of the tool mentioned above so that you can make a list of the boats you especially want to see and take a tour of. It might be wise to create a schedule so that you have time to attend your favorite seminars, tour the boats, eat and do all of the other activities you desire.

What does a first-timer need to know before attending?

As Jo-Aynne suggests, before you attend the Boat Show you need to understand the importance of the relationship you build with a dealer or builder. If you are going to buy a new boat, remember that you will have a relationship with that dealer for a long time. You might find a boat you love, but you should make sure you connect with the people in the dealership.

You have to find a connection with a builder or dealer that connects with the water and the boating in the same way you do. Some are family-oriented; some are more about the excitement and adventure. Find a good match because you will be with them for a long time.

VIP Boat Show Experiences

New to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this year, VIP Boat Show Experiences takes your experience to the next level. Enjoy tickets to the show, valet parking inside the show, access to the Windward Club and access to a personal on-site concierge (Jo-Aynne) for reserving private tours. The Windward Club is an all-inclusive, climate-controlled party venue that is closed off from the public and includes a premium open bar, gourmet food buffets, and private dining. Don’t just attend the Boat Show; attend like a VIP!

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What You Need to Know About College Football Playoff

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 03:52 PM

college-football-premium-package-resized-600_1College Football Playoff was quite the success in 2014-2015, and now we get to experience it all over again! We are already a few weeks into the college football season, so we think it’s a good idea for you to brush up on your knowledge of College Football Playoff.

Take a look below at some quick facts you should know including how the process works, location and times of events, and how you can be there in 2016.

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is comprised of 13 people who will rank the top 25 teams in the country from among the ten FBS conferences and four FBS independents and assign the top four to semifinal sites.

Members of the committee are: Jeff Long (Chair), Barry Alvarez, Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Kirby Hocutt, Tom Jernstedt, Bobby Johnson, Tom Osborne, Dan Radakovich, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Tranghese, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham.

How the Teams Are Determined

The Selection Committee uses a process to rank the teams based on conference championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, comparison of results against common opponents and other relevant factors that affect a team’s performance.

Read more about how the selection process works.

Can a team automatically qualify for the playoff?

No. Every FBS team has equal opportunity and is looked at based on performance.


Four Teams

Four teams are selected to go to the playoff. The No. 1 team plays the No. 4 team in the semifinals. The No. 2 team plays the No. 3 team.

Bowl Games

The Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl will serve as the two semifinal games. The Orange Bowl will take place at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Dec. 31. The Cotton Bowl will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Dec. 31.

Other bowl games include: Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1), Rose Bowl (Jan. 1), Peach Bowl (Dec. 31) and Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1).

The Trophy


The College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy features a focused football at the center of the base that rises to form an actual-size ball. The trophy and base together stand at three feet high and weigh 23 pounds. The trophy is handmade from 24k gold, bronze and stainless steel.

Calendar for the 2015 Rankings

  • November 3, 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • November 10, 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • November 17, 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • November 24, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • December 1, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • December 6, Noon ET on ESPN (Selection Day and Playoff Semifinal teams announced)

2015 College Football Playoff National Championship Highlights

  • More than 33 million Americans watched the National Championship game in 2015
  • Sellout crowds at all three playoff games
  • Named Sports Event of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal
  • 85,689 in attendance at AT&T Stadium
  • Highest-rated college football game ever on Spanish language TV
  • More than 118 million people participated in social media in relation to the game

When is the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship?

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Where is the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship?

The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.


How is the location determined?

The site of the College Football Playoff National Championship is decided through a bid system. The city should demonstrate that it has the necessary facilities, transportation, etc. Next year, Tampa Bay will host the National Championship.

How long is the College Football Playoff contract?

College Football Playoff is contracted for 12 years, through 2025-26.

College Football Playoff Premium

Playoff Premium packages include tickets, hospitality and hotel accommodations. Enjoy pregame hospitality access which includes a full premium menu, top-shelf open bar, collegiate football legends appearances and other interactive entertainment elements. Some packages also include exclusive perks such as the opportunity to get on the field after the game.

You can also receive VIP extras: Official College Football Playoff gift bag, merchandise coupon, Official game program voucher and Preferred Playoff Premium stadium parking.  

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NBA All-Star 2016 Challenge Series: Taco Bell Skills Challenge

Posted by Jaime Villegas on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 03:39 PM

Arguably one of the most fun and entertaining challenges during the NBA All-Star Weekend, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge brings friendly competition to the court while still keeping fans on the edge of their seats!

A little background for the newcomers: the Taco Bell Skills Challenge isn’t actually pro-basketball players competing to see who can eat the most crunchy beef tacos (I know, how disappointing). The competition was updated this year to a tournament format to include three rounds: Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals.

The Format

Participants stand at one end of the court and dribble their way through three obstacles; once the player reaches the end of the obstacles they must then throw a pass through a net obstacle only slightly larger than a regular basketball. Then, the player must quickly run back across the court, and make a jump shot and then quickly run back across the court and make a three-pointer.

The players get three opportunities to make the three-pointer; if they don’t they can finish with a layup. Although, most rounds don’t usually take more than three attempts at the three-pointer.

When all of these tasks are completed successfully, the timer is stopped. (In years past, the teams were divided by East vs. West. During that format, the team with the fastest time from the East would face the team with the fastest time from the West in the final round.)

Friendly Competition

It’s easy to see why the Skills Challenge is a favorite among fans; it brings back a certain nostalgia of our childhood and those field days where we would spend the day outside competing in relay races against our classmates. Albeit slightly different now, the characteristics of those childhood “relay races” are still there, which I believe is what makes the challenge so relatable and fun, lending to the success of the challenge throughout All-Star history.

Like any competition, bragging rights are what it’s all about, and this year’s Skills Challenge was no different.

Take a look at last year’s Taco Bell Skills Challenge, and you’ll see what I mean!

Throwback Thursday: A Look at the 2015 Taco Bell Skills Challenge

For the first time, this year the contestants were put on side-by-side courses so they could compete at the same time. The head-to-head action generated some amusing moments, and made the competition between competitors much more tangible. It also made clear just how improbable Beverley's back-to-back winning shots were.

Houston's Beverley came from behind in the semifinal and final rounds to win the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. In the semis, Beverley struggled with the chest pass portion of the course, allowing Atlanta's Jeff Teague to build a big lead. But when Teague couldn't knock down the final jumper, Beverley caught up and sank his first attempt to advance. His championship round against Milwaukee's Brandon Knight followed a similar route, as Beverly again struggled with passing, but made his first shot to win the Challenge. Last year there were two Skills Contest winners — Utah's Trey Burke and Portland's Damian Lillard — who competed as teammates representing the Western Conference. Lillard announced he wouldn't participate in the Skills Contest when he was initially left off of the All-Star roster, although he was later added to the game. Burke was eliminated in the first round after struggling to compete the chest pass portion of the course.

NBA-Events-Hospitality-Center-in-arena-buffetNBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto!

For the first time ever, the NBA All-Star is headed out of the country to host the NBA All-Star Weekend. The Toronto Raptors will lead their arena for a weekend jam-packed with events filled with NBA players and celebrities.

With Official Ticket Packages from NBA Events through QuintEvents, you can get in on all the action in Toronto. Our packages come equipped with some of the best seats in the house and VIP hospitality that includes premium bars, gourmet food, celebrity meet and greets, and so more!


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5 Things to Look Forward to at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup®

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 @ 10:10 AM

We are so thrilled about the 2015 Breeders’ Cup and for good reason! The two days spent at Keeneland will be filled with so much excitement and action, and we know it will be one for the books. There are so many things to look forward to this year, but we’ve narrowed it down to five. Take a look below at five things to get pumped up about at this year’s Breeders’ Cup!

1. American Pharoah

How can we not get excited about seeing American Pharoah finish out his career? He’s already won the Triple Crown™, and now we get to see him go for horse racing’s “Grand Slam.” This horse has been a clear favorite throughout the year, and for good reason. His talent, precision and tenacity is a breath of fresh air in the horse racing world.

Although he suffered a devastating loss recently in the Travers’ Stakes, we know American Pharoah will shine in the Breeders’ Cup. He does have quite the competition including Frosted and Beholder, but it should make for an exciting race!


2. Trackside Luxury Chalet

The Trackside Luxury Chalet is THE place to witness the racing action at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup. Enjoy first-class access to this all-inclusive party venue which includes a premium open bar and lunch buffet. Witness the racing action from the second floor or from the rail, or make your way to the lawn!

Located in the Clubhouse turn, this chalet offers a spectacular view of the track.  There’s no better place to see the championship racing than from inside this climate-controlled, glassed-in venue. Here’s your chance to discover what Breeders’ Cup and Keeneland are all about!


3. Keeneland

For the first time, Keeneland will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Keeneland is located in the heart of Central Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, the center of the Thoroughbred breeding industry.  It’s truly a homecoming for the event considering the idea of the Breeders’ Cup originated in Central Kentucky.

Horse racing fans, owners, trainers and jockeys LOVE Keeneland as it plays a unique and important role in both Thoroughbred racing and breeding. This National Historic Landmark will absolutely take your breath away with its rich history and beautifully landscaped grounds.


4. Fashion

Breeders’ Cup is known for many things and one of them just so happens to be fashion. This is what makes the event so fun; guests certainly dress to the nines! The women typically wear elegant dresses paired with stunning fascinators or hats, and the men wear suits and fedoras. The key is to remember elegance and sophistication. But just know that one element of your attire should be over the top so you can stand out among the rest.

Keep in mind that Lexington, Kentucky will be a little chilly so be sure to dress comfortably and warm! Opt for fall clothing and colors, and remember to wear comfortable shoes. For women, dressy wedges tend to be the most comfortable for grass.

Be bold! This is the World Championship of horse racing, so it calls for the ultimate attire.


5. The Experience

Nothing can quite compare to the experience you will have at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup. You get to witness 13 championships in two days plus indulge in all the amenities Keeneland has to offer! If you’re really looking for the best experience, treat yourself to the Trackside Luxury Chalet. There’s nothing like being treated like the VIP you are.

These will be two of the most exciting days of your life as champions are crowned. Be a part of the classic elegance and iconic feel of Keeneland, and make some memories at the Breeders’ Cup. You have so much to look forward to, and we know you won’t be disappointed!


See you at the 2015 Breeders' Cup®!

Now that you know what you have to look forward to, it’s time to make some moves! The 2015 Breeders’ Cup is quickly approaching, but you still have time to plan your unforgettable trip. With an Official Ticket Package direct from Breeders’ Cup through QuintEvents, you can enjoy tickets to the Breeders’ Cup plus other official trackside perks that you won’t get anywhere else. We can’t wait to see you at Keeneland!

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Super Bowl 50: A Look at Levi’s Stadium

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 @ 03:17 PM

We can’t wait to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Super Bowl at the spectacular Levi’s Stadium. Voted “Sports Facility of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal, this stadium is known for its high-tech, sustainable features that greatly enhance every fan’s experience. Let’s take a look at the home of Super Bowl 50!


Fast Facts

Built in: 2014

Located in: Santa Clara, CA

Home to: San Francisco 49ers

Size: 1.85 million square feet

Capacity: 68,500+

Features: 165 luxury suites and 8,500 club seats 

“Smart” Stadium

Levi’s Stadium is arguably the most high-tech stadium in the world. The stadium allows 70,000+ people to connect to Wi-Fi and 4G networks! How awesome is that? The goal was to enhance the in-stadium fan experience by making it possible to see the action live while still being able to access similar features fans would have at home. Many fans want to be able to pull up stats, replays and other media when live play isn’t taking place. Now they easily can!

How did they achieve this goal? They laid out 400 miles of cabling, 70 miles of which are dedicated to 1,200 antenna systems that serve the Wi-Fi routers. The stadium also boasts 1,700 high-tech beacons that use Bluetooth Low Energy to give people directions to their seats and any other place in the stadium.

There’s even a Levi’s Stadium app that you can download. It features a guide to the stadium, instant replays, a guide to the bathroom with the shortest line (obviously a priority), and the ability to order food or drinks and have them delivered to your seat. We can’t forget to mention the personalized picture greeting on the scoreboard. This feature automatically takes fans’ pictures posted to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #LevisStadium and posts them to the big screen.

Levi’s Stadium really sets the standard high, doesn’t it?



Levi’s Stadium is dedicated to being environmentally friendly. In fact, it was the first stadium to host an NFL team with LEED Gold Certification. The stadium is located on a sustainable site and uses recycled and reclaimed building products where possible.

It features a 27,000 square foot “Green Roof” atop the suite tower that contains 40 different types of vegetation. The stadium also features three solar bridges connecting the parking area to the stadium. Plus, it uses reclaimed water and works with local suppliers for its farm-to-table menus. In addition, visitors and guests can view a live dashboard that displays current energy measurements, water and air monitors, and other features that the stadium operates on a daily basis.

Be There at Super Bowl 50


Super Bowl 2016 will certainly be one for the books as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the
Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium. Now that you know more about the stadium, you must be even more excited than you were before, right?! Fans are guaranteed to have the most high-tech, top-of-the-line experience at this spectacular venue.

So what are you waiting for?! With an Official
NFL On Location Ticket Package through QuintEvents, you can secure your spot at
Super Bowl 50 and experience the thrill of a lifetime. See you at Levi’s Stadium!

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