Henry Abbott over at TrueHoop talks with former Sixers 2nd round draft pick Sam Clancy who is currently playing ball in Spain. Most of us probably don't remember too much about Sam Clancy. I remember him most for his role in knocking my Troy Bell-led Boston College squad out of the 2001 NCAA tournament. It sounds like he has a pretty sweet gig over in Spain. Abbott writes:
I placed a call to Menorca, a Mediterranean island off Barcelona, to
catch up with former USC star, injured Sixer, and Blazer training camp
fodder Sam Clancy, Jr. He's playing for Club Menorca (sometimes you can see some wicked highlights of him on the team's website)
in the top Spanish league. He's making better money than he would if he
were playing in the NBA, especially when you consider the team takes
care of his taxes, car, apartment, cell phone, plane tickets for
friends and family to visit, and some other living expenses before they
even start counting his salary.
True Hoop has a couple of .mp3's of the conversation he had with Clancy. There is some interesting stuff on the type of payday some of the players in the NBA can get -- actual physical checks with six zeros on them, etc.
>>Just outside the NBA, Sam Clancy [True Hoop]
>>Sam Clancy Jr. [Wiki]
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Penn State is headed to the Rose Bowl Game, and it will cost a pretty penny to be on hand in Pasadena on January 2.
With a statement win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Penn State clinched their first Rose Bowl berth since 2009. The No. 5 school in the nation will face No. 9 USC in a rematch from seven years ago. Such a long absence for both schools in the bowl game is driving resale ticket prices to new heights, so much so that the Rose Bowl Game will be the most expensive bowl game this season – including the two Semifinal games.
On TicketIQ, an event ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the secondary market, the average resale price for Rose Bowl Game tickets is now $804. Not only does that make it the most expensive Rose Bowl since at least 2010, but also the priciest bowl game of the last seven seasons. If looking just to get in on January 2 the cheapest tickets are now priced from $346 each.
The showdown between Penn State and USC is so expensive that it will be more than twice the average price of both Semifinal games. As it stands now the resale average for Peach Bowl tickets between Alabama and Washington at Georgia Dome is $389 with a get-in price of $185. Clemson and Ohio State will clash in the Fiesta Bowl to the tune of a $241 average and $71 get-in price.
Prices are so high for this year’s game in Pasadena that they rival the 2015 National Championship Game. The first-ever Championship Game under the new College Football Playoff system, that year’s game between Ohio State and Oregon averaged a $858 ticket and $317 get-in price.
While Penn State fans, students and alumni raced to snag tickets during the general on sale, prices were quick to skyrocket on the secondary market following the school’s invitation to the Rose Bowl Game. On Saturday afternoon, several hours before the Big Ten Championship kickoff, Rose Bowl tickets were averaging under $600, marking a nearly 40 percent increase since that time. The cheapest resale ticket price has jumped more than $100 since Saturday, climbing from its $245 price tag since.