What Makes People Love Sports by ShooWin Staff Writer
What Makes People Love Sports by ShooWin Staff Writer
20 Aug 2018

Summer is winding down and we all know what that means—MLB divisional championships, the World Series, and the beginning of the football season, college and NFL. For sports fans, we are entering one of the best times of the year.

To understand how much people love sports, let’s look at how much Americans spend on sports. According to Marketwatch.com, over a 12 month period from 2016 to 2017, “Americans spent a whopping $100 billion on sports — and over half of it on sporting events. They spent $56 billion on attending sporting events, including sports tickets, transportation, food and beverages, according to the survey, which sampled over 1,000 adults.” Wow! That’s a lot of love to spend that much money.

So, what makes us spend so much money in the name of “the love of sports”? For many, sports are fun, pure entertainment. Get tickets to the game and you are taken to another world, even if for just a couple of hours. Nothing beats game day excitement and the unpredictability of the outcome. Even if your team doesn’t win, it is still pure bliss for the love of the game.

Sports nurtures friendships and lifetime bonds. There is nothing better than getting together with your friends and family to watch the game or just play sports in the yard. Sports creates memories and instills a sense of camaraderie. Sports also has a way of bringing communities together, rallying behind your local team no matter your age, race, or background—all that matters are your team and the game! I’m sure you’ve been to a sporting event and had an instant connection with someone because you love the same team or player. Even if only for 120 minutes, you have a new friend because of sports.

Competition. People love sports, watching or playing, because we strive to be the best, whether we have the best team (yes, it is our team, the team is a part of us) or are the best player on the team. Participating in sports (watching or playing) helps us learn about competition and teamwork, which, in turn, helps us in our daily life in coping with our wins and our losses.

Inspiration. Sports inspires us in many ways. Watching our favorite athletes makes us strive to be more fit and healthier, to push ourselves to do more, and to be our best self. Watching our favorite teams win the big game lets us believe the dream we thought impossible, believing inspires our inner self to be more hopeful and positive.

If you’re reading this, you are probably a sports fan. Do you ever think about what makes people love sports? Why do you love sports? Are you competitive? Love the camaraderie of your fellow sports fans? Played sports as a kid, or still do? Or, just love the games? Whatever the reason, ShooWin has you covered.

At ShooWin, we know sports fans and that’s why we sell reservations for highly anticipated, contingent playoff and championship games, allowing fans to purchase tickets at face value. And ShooWin now features the College Football Playoff Championship, all New Year’s Six Bowls, five College Football Conference Championships, the entire NFL post-season, MLB’s divisional championships, and the World Series. Now that’s a lot to love. Visit ShooWin.com today and purchase your reservation to the next big game!

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» When will I receive my tickets?
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» What is an All Access Reservation?
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» When does ShooWin stop selling reservations?
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» What is the total amount that I pay?
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» How do I purchase a ShooWin Reservation?
1. Select your team and game.
2. Select the seating zone.
3. Select the quantity and click "Add to Cart".
4. Enter your credit card information and follow the prompts to Buy Now.
» What happens when my team qualifies to play in the game?
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» What happens if my team does not qualify to play in the game?
Nothing. If your team does not qualify for the game/event, you will have paid the non-refundable reservation fee already and you do not owe anything else.
» Where does ShooWin get the tickets?
ShooWin purchases tickets and partners with teams, leagues, conferences, and other ticket providers to provide 100% guaranteed tickets to the games you want to attend.
» Where are the seats located?
Your seats will be located in the seating zone associated with your ShooWin Reservations purchase. ShooWin will provide you with the specific section, row, and seats once your team has clinched a spot in the game. The number of seats together that we can guarantee is determined by the ticket provider and varies for each game. Specific guidelines are located on the reservation and marketplace pages. We can always guarantee at least four (4) seats together and sometimes as many as ten (10). We will try our best accommodate more than this, but cannot guarantee it.
» What is the difference between buying and bidding on a Reservation?
When you buy a ShooWin Reservation you own the rights and are obligated to purchase those tickets if your team qualifies for the game/event. Whereas bidding on a ShooWin Reservation means that you are making an offer to buy a reservation at a lower price than is currently available on the website.
» How does the Bidding Process work?
If you don't want to pay the current ShooWin Reservation price or if the initial allocation is sold out, you can bid on a Shoowin Reservation. Your Bid will be displayed in the market allowing other fans who already hold ShooWin Reservations to match both your price and quantity. Your Bid will remain active until another fan either accepts the Bid, you cancel the Bid, or the market closes.
How to Bid:
1. Select your team/event.
2. Select the seating zone.
3. Select the quantity.
4. Select Place a Bid, which is next to the current Bids and Offers to Sell.
5. A pop-up will appear where you will enter your Bid.
6. Enter in your Credit Card Information and follow the prompts.
7. Once complete, your Bid will appear under the header "My Bids".
» Can I cancel my Bid?
You may cancel your Bid at any time. After you have cancelled your bid the funds will be deposited into your ShooWin wallet and are available for withdrawal.
» How can I sell my reservation?
Any fan who currently owns ShooWin Reservations can place them for sale at any time before the market closes.
How do I place an offer-to-sell?
1. Go to “My Account”, then click on the ShooWin Reservation Card located under "My Reservations".
2. Click on the arrow located at the bottom of the team card.
3. Select both the quantity and enter your price (per ShooWin Reservation).
4. Click Sell..
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You can request a withdrawal at any time. When you make a withdrawal request you will have the option of a check mailed to you or a credit to the card you originally used. Requests are processed weekly and you will be notified via email once the request is processed.
» How do I withdraw money from my ShooWin wallet?
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2. Go to “My Account”
3. Locate “Wallet” & click “Withdraw”
4. The “Withdraw Funds Request” will populate the details from your account, and you will select your payment method, (CHECK BY MAIL or CREDIT CARD).
Checks are mailed on the 1st & 15th of each month and credit cards are processed weekly and take 3-5 business days to credit your account depending on your bank. You will be notified via email once your request has been processed.
» Market rules for NCAA individuals with responsibilities within or over the athletics department:
Student-athletes, athletics department staff members, non-athletics department staff members with responsibilities within or over the athletics department (e.g., chancellor or president, faculty athletic representatives, or any individual to whom athletics reports) and conference office staff members may purchase a Reservation but may not sell or exchange the Reservation at a price or value greater than the initial purchase price.
» What are the Transaction Fees
ShooWin charges the following fees if applicable:
1. When purchasing a reservation:
- 10% of the reservation cost or a $5 minimum
2. When placing a bid:
- 10% of the bid reservation cost or a $5 minimum
3. When selling your reservation:
- 15% of the reservation cost or a $5 minimum
4. When you are receiving a face value ticket:
- 10% of the ticket cost
- Regular Delivery of Paper Tickets - No Cost
- Expedited Overnight Delivery of Paper Tickets - $30
- Delivery of E-Ticket - No Cost
» What is a NCAA Men's Final Four Reservation?
A NCAA Men's Final Four reservation is a team and game specific reservation. When you make the reservation you pick the team, the seating zone and the quantity of reservations you would like. When your team makes the game you will receive a ticket at no additional cost.
» When my team makes the NCAA Men’s Final Four what other costs are involved?
ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER COSTS! The price you paid per reservation is your only cost. When your team makes the game, you receive the ticket at no additional cost.
» Why is the reservation different for the NCAA Men’s Final Four?
Based on customer feedback we are excited to present this offering to our NCAA Men’s Final Four customers. This approach features straight forward pricing for our customer and we are excited to make this offering.
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