Let’s face it, not everyone is on top of their Holiday shopping. Maybe even you, the discerning reader, have procrastinated and with less than a week, are scrambling for gift ideas. Sure, you can get gift cards, but if the person you’re shopping for is a sports fan, fear not, there are a number of great gifts you can get, all from the comfort of your home via the internet.
#10 MLB.com’s At Bat for Apple, Android, and Blackberry
Baseball is about summer, so why not drop some warmth on a baseball fan in the midst of winter? MLB.com’s At Bat for mobile devices is not only award-winning; it’s the highest-grossing sports app for Apple for the fifth consecutive year. It’s available for Apple, Android, and some Blackberry devices. Those that purchase MLB.TV Premium will be able to catch game video streamed live to their device, and computer. But, even if you don’t go that far, you can get game audio (both home and away feeds), free. Throw in things like the graphical GameDay that tracks pitches, etc, and you’ll feel like Ray Kinsella in a Field of Dreams.
# 9 NBA League Pass
If Thanksgiving Day is synonymous with watching the NFL on television, then Christmas Day is now becoming the day many slip off to the TV to catch what’s going on in the NBA. But why stop there? The NBA League Pass package allows the die hard fan to get their pro hoops fix with out-of-market games via NBA League Pass.
#8 NHL GameCenter for mobile
While MLB.com’s At Bat application is considered the industry standard for streaming live video to mobile devices, the National Hockey League has quickly picked up the pace with their GameCenter for mobile and online platforms. So, if you’re shopping for a fan that is into crashing the boards more than crashing the plate, this online offering may be just the ticket for the hockey fan on your list.
#7 Red Sox Fan Cruise
Pitchers and catchers don’t report to Spring Training till late February, but if you’re a fan of the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and are looking for some R&R in a warmer setting, how about going on a cruise? Yes, you can do 7 days in the Caribbean. After all, who doesn’t want to do a Red Sox Karaoke Night?
#6 Yankees Baseball Fantasy Camp
I picked the Yankees here because it seemed only fair after the Red Sox entry, but really, nearly every Major League Baseball club offers a baseball fantasy camp. For all those softball guys and gals that dreamed of playing on the field with some of the legends from their baseball past, if you can get to Florida or Arizona, you can partake in rounding the bases and face down MLB legends. Oxygen bottles and aspirin for the aches and pains, not included.
#5 NFL Sunday Ticket
Fans of the NFL that don’t have DirecTV can curse the league’s exclusivity agreement that keeps cable subscribers from getting the out-of-market package, but for those that do have DTV, you might want to consider getting Sunday Ticket. The playoff picture is beginning to settle in, but for the hardcore fan, it’s never too late to get games.
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If you’re shopping for a fan of a team in the playoffs, and they’re in the New York area, or planning to be, instead of getting NFL Sunday Ticket, why not get them tickets to the largest event in North America? Yes, it will cost you a pretty penny (StubHub currently has them starting at $3,257.30 a piece for the Feb 2 game), but there’s little doubting that whoever gets the tickets as a gift will put you on their “Nice” list for life.
# 3 The 2014 MLB All-Star Game
All-Star games are fluff, fun, and at least for Major League Baseball, count for a little something (the winner gets home field advantage in the World Series), so why not get tickets to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis? The cool thing about the All-Star Game Week is a massive FanFest, the Futures Game with young rising stars in the minors, the Home Run Derby, and yes, the All-Star Game.
#2 Tickets to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil
Brazil will host the world’s most popular sport’s most popular event in the FIFA World Cup June 12-July 13. With the draws done and the Groups and schedules set, you can catch the action in the festive location
Sure, you’d likely have to be a billionaire to give this gift. Yes, it would be over a year before it could be “opened” but as ultimate sports fan gifts go, this is clearly the winner. How about your own personal stadium starting at a cool $30 million (you supply the land and cover the soft costs such a roads, plumbing, etc). The cool thing is you can simulate different venues and sports. Fiber-optics in the field turf changes it from soccer to football to baseball with the flip of a switch. Wrap around video displays could have you playing in Yankee Stadium one second, and the next be playing at London’s Olympic Stadium? You’ll certainly be the king or queen of the cul-de-sac with this spendy gift.
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