A Richer Understanding: Dreams Money Can Buy

Brian Tramuel helms this series. He lives with his wife Michelle, their children Geneva and Brian, and their Cocker Spaniel Maestro in Charlotte, NC. They, along with his two older children from a previous marriage, Davina and Aaron, provide a constant source of inspiration. Aaron lives, works and plays in Charlotte and Davina lives, works and plays in Roanoke, VA.

RS A Richer UnderstandingThe city of Charlotte is blazing in the sports firmament.  The dominance of the Carolina Panthers as the only undefeated team in the NFL (at the time of this writing), the excitement for Charlotte Hornets Basketball, ACC championship football and the Belk Bowl all make this Holiday Season a sport in and of itself.

Pay to play.

On the night the Hornets honored Dell Curry, one of its greatest players, he would have to share the spotlight with his son Stephen Curry and the visiting Golden State Warriors. It’s difficult to know who the home team is when the Warriors visit Charlotte. Having led Davidson College to the intersection of the 2007 NCAA Final Four, the reigning MVP is a hometown hero. Tickets were in great demand; while at work I overheard a conversation between a colleague and her friend. They were scammed attempting to make a third-party ticket purchase for the game.

Sometimes a win can be a loss.

I understand the excitement of attending a live sporting event; the dream of capturing an image of your favorite sports hero or perhaps the image you capture of yourself in attendance, however at what cost? How much is too much?

The sudden and unexpected win of scoring those elusive tickets ends in a loss for my colleague; she loses money that she may or may not be able to recover and she missed a game that she really wanted to experience.

Dream deferred.

Attending a sporting event and watching live on television are two ways we participate in the sports market. For me the service satisfaction (large crowds, small seats, expensive food/ drinks) deter from the game satisfaction of watching my favorite team or great players. Honestly I’m fine watching the big game from the comfort of my living room on the big television.

If you value attending live sporting events/ concerts and have the opportunity and time (another cost association), consider purchasing tickets in advance. Otherwise consider asking friends or using your social networks first, this might get you into that completely sold-out game and quite possibly at face value.


Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.


  1. Love what you are saying. This is great.

  2. Sorry she lost her money. Guess that is a chance you take. I recently flew down to Miami for the weekend to watch the Ravens and Dolphins. While I know the Ravens aren’t having a stellar year, I bleed purple. I bought 3 tickets and a parking pass off of eBay. Met the seller at Pompano Beach to pick up the tickets. Not normally the way I roll but my gut told me everything was good and it was. We all had a fabulous time even though we lost and I am glad I went. Sports teams thrive off of audience energy and I’m glad people like to attend in person. I don’t attend all games in person – just a few a year. Living in the Northeast, I also appreciate the fact that I have a 65 UHD TV to watch during the cold months. lol

    • Lol, that is a very BIG screen. I do appreciate living in a city where the opportunity for me to attend an event is great. Some things you have to experience live or at the least one time. I grew up in a city/ state that did not have any professional sports teams and hardly drew any big name entertainers.

  3. It is so hard to buy tickets through a third-party like that. Sorry to hear they got scammed!

    Personally, when it comes to sporting events, the only one I would choose to watch in person over television is baseball and possibly basketball. I live right outside of Green Bay and have the chance at tickets from time to time but I much prefer to watch the game at home because I find it more enjoyable. Even though the crowd and atmosphere at Lambeau is unlike any other!

    • ” … the crowd and atmosphere at Lambeau is unlike any other!” Excluding the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High of course. 🙂

    • I agree it is hard decision. I’ve wondered if they would have had better luck going down to the arena and purchase extra tickets from someone looking to sell their extra ticket(s) or seats, possibly even a scalper. This would give an opportunity to verify the tickets perhaps.

  4. While I enjoy most live events – I have seen multiple shows on Broadway, multiple shows in Las Vegas, a few concerts and every imaginable sporting event (hockey, football, basketball, soccer, baseball, etc.) from high school through the professional level – my experience has been that professional football is the least interesting. I find that I enjoy NFL games a lot more from the comfort of my living room. The problem for me, and one thing you don’t realize when you are watching a game on TV, is how often the action stops and how long it can be between plays. Between the natural breaks in action, team timeouts, injury timeouts, challenge reviews, TV timeouts, etc. it is a never ending series of stoppages. I saw a study once that indicated that a typical professional football game only averages about 12 minutes of action … I believe it.

    • 12 minutes seems accurate. Like you I’ve attended a variety of events, my preference is basketball (at any level) I find that I am more engaged.

  5. That’s too bad. If and why I purchase tickets I always use legitimated sellers, even if that means I need to pay a bit more. Looking forward to the my NY Giants chances against the Panther this weekend. They have to lose at some point. 🙂

    • I believe the Panthers would benefit from losing a game – or two – before the playoffs. I don’t see them going undefeated and it would be better to lose now than when it’s one and done. The game against the Giants should be a good one.

      • Looking forward to the game. I’ve had this discussion with a few folks about lose now rather than doing so in the playoffs for a one and done as James said. I heard a Cam Newton soundbite where he answered that indirectly by saying (paraphrasing) they had removed all doubt and set out to do something great.

        We will see.

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