Con­sider these great gifts for sports fans

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Sports fans are pas­sion­ate about their fa­vorite sports and fa­vorite teams. Per­haps nowhere is that pas­sion more ev­i­dent than in how much sports fans are spend­ing to at­tend sport­ing events.

A 2017 study from Cred­itCards.com found that Amer­i­can con­sumers spent $56 bil­lion to at­tend sport­ing events over the year prior to the study be­ing con­ducted. But sports fans weren’t just pay­ing to see their fa­vorite sports but to par­tic­i­pate in them as well. In the 12-month span cov­ered by the study, sports lovers spent $33 bil­lion on ath­letic equip­ment.

Hol­i­day shop­pers no doubt have one or two sports fans and/or ath­letes on their shop­ping lists. The fol­low­ing sport­sre­lated gifts might be just the thing such loved ones are hop­ing to find un­der the tree this hol­i­day sea­son.

• Tick­ets: For diehard sports fans, few things can ri­val the thrill of see­ing a fa­vorite team in per­son. But sports tick­ets don’t come cheap, es­pe­cially for fans who want to take their fam­i­lies to the game. Data from TeamMark­ing.com in­di­cates that the av­er­age cost for a fam­ily of four to at­tend a Na­tional Foot­ball League game in 2016 was $502.84, while the same fam­ily spent roughly $220 that year to at­tend a Ma­jor League Base­ball game. Those costs in­clude food, bev­er­ages, park­ing and ap­parel. Hol­i­day shop­pers can soften the blow of at­tend­ing a game with the fam­ily by pur­chas­ing the tick­ets.

• Ap­parel: Watch a ball­game on tele­vi­sion and it might seem as if ev­ery fan in the stands is decked out in the home team’s col­ors. That’s not an il­lu­sion, as a 2018 sur­vey from Statista found that more than 13 per­cent of sports fans spent $500 or more on sports ap­parel in 2017. Jer­seys, hats, scarves and out­er­wear are sure to please sports fans who want to show­case the love they have for their fa­vorite teams.

• Stream­ing ser­vice/tele­vi­sion pack­ages: Sports fans live all over the globe, and many do not live within the tele­vi­sion mar­kets of their fa­vorite teams. That can make it dif­fi­cult, but not im­pos­si­ble, for sports fans to watch their fa­vorite teams. Stream­ing ser­vices such as MLB.TV and NFL Sun­day Ticket.TV (also avail­able through DirecTV as NFL Sun­day Ticket) en­able fans to watch their fa­vorite teams re­gard­less of where they live.

• Gear: For the sports fan who’s more than just a spectator but a par­tic­i­pant as well, gear such as golf clubs, mitts, bats or what­ever else is nec­es­sary to par­tic­i­pate in his or her fa­vorite sport is sure to please this hol­i­day sea­son. Some sports, such as golf and rock climb­ing, may re­quire an in­ti­mate knowl­edge of a loved one’s game and skill level. In such in­stances, shop­pers can sim­ply buy gift cards to re­tail­ers that cater to ath­letes who par­tic­i­pate in spe­cific sports.

Gift­ing sports fans and ath­letes can be fun. Sport­sre­lated presents are a great way to stoke loved ones’ pas­sions for their fa­vorite teams.

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