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6 Most Overpriced Tickets in Sports This Year

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Win or lose, going to see your favorite team play is a great time and makes you feel like you're part of something bigger. However, even the worst franchises love to take advantage of your passion and overcharge you to see a poor product on display.


Here are the six teams in sports that seriously take advantage of their fan base.

6. Detroit Red Wings ($452.50 Average Price)

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This might be a bit of a stretch based considering the franchise made 25 consecutive postseason appearances since the 1990-1991 season, but the Red Wings haven't been worth the ticket since that streak was snapped during the 2016-2017 season. The past two seasons have seen Detroit linger at the very bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and things don't look too bright just 12 games into this season. Fans may still come in droves, but unless they turn the franchise around, the organization can only ride the coattails of their streak for so long. 

5. New York Jets ($545.30 Average Price)

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It's safe to expect a few New York franchises on this list, considering the state of the city's teams, but the Jets definitely belong here. They haven't won a Super Bowl in 50 years, yet, they're some how the eigth-most expensive ticket in the NFL. Things seem to be turning for the better with this young Jets squad, but until the team is competitive, their fanbase is getting ripped off every time they buy a ticket.

4. Seattle Mariners ($91 Average Price)

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The Seattle Mariners haven't made the playoffs since their record-breaking 2001 season and have been the definition of mediocrity ever since, finishing with 90 wins just twice in the past 17 years. Yet, they're somehow the fifth-most expensive ticket in the Majors. Seattle has tried with little luck to put together a contender and considering how much they've gutted their farm system with unsuccessful win-now trades, it's safe to say their days of relevance are over for a while. Mariners fans would be better off spending their money elsewhere until the club's inevitable rebuild is over.

3. New York Mets ($82 Average Price)

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The Mets play in the country's biggest market, so it makes plenty of sense that going to a game sets you back a bit. However, they haven't been worthy of the price they're charging fans as they have been comically bad for the past couple of seasons. Yet, they find themselves in the top-third of the league in average price per game. If the Mets could field a winning product, the price may actually be a steal considering the average cost of a Yankees game is $130.

2. Dallas Cowboys ($850.20 Average Price)

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The Cowboys are the Gucci hand bags of the NFL -- you're paying for the brand name, not the quality of the product. They have had a couple of good teams in recent seasons but those have been few and far between, with only two postseason wins since their last Super Bowl victory during the 1995-96 season. Yes, they have name recognition all over the country -- they aren't called "America's Team" for nothing -- but they're not worth the price until they can put a consistent winning product on the field. 

1. New York Knicks ($176 Average Price)

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It's not even close. The Knicks are, without a doubt, the biggest ripoff in America's four major sports. New York has been one of the worst teams in the NBA since the turn of the century and the organization is so dysfunctional that labeling the franchise as snakebitten would be generous. David Fizdale has pumped new life into the Knicks and it looks like the team is trending in a more positive direction, but until there's a winning product taking the court every night, Knicks fans should keep their money in their pockets.

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