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Here’s How to Get the Best Deal on MLB Tickets

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Look, there’s no way around it — buying MLB tickets can be a frustrating process. And with so many different primary and secondary ticket markets available these days, making sure you’re getting as much value as possible isn’t exactly a walk in the park (see what I did there?).

Usually, the one thing you can be sure about is that there’s more than a decent chance you’ll be overpaying for a night at the ballpark before you even get there.

This is why it’s important to find a trustworthy outlet that condenses the nonsense, which is one of the reasons why SeatGeek stands out from others. Nobody likes to jump from site to site in order to compare ticket prices. SeatGeek brings all of it straight to you, with listings from over 100 primary and secondary providers.

I’ve always viewed this as helpful because outside of trying to get a good deal when buying MLB tickets, I also value efficiency. A place where you can get all the same information on tickets in half the time or less? Yes, please.

What the Heck Is Deal Score?

Outside of making the research process easier, the other thing many of us want to know is if the tickets we landed on are considered a good value for the prescribed price. We sometimes have an idea ourselves, but it can be hard to know because there are a number of factors that go into it.

SeatGeek simplifies it all with Deal Score, which is a single number on a scale of 1-100 that indicates how good or bad the value of a ticket is. There’s a lot of math involved that goes way over my head, but some of the things considered before spitting out a Deal Score include the seat location, how popular a particular event is, historical ticket prices, and the price of tickets in nearby venues.

Here’s how Deal Score is viewed based on the range of numbers.

Deal Score Number
Amazing 88-100
Great 68-87
Good 50-67
Okay 40-49
So-So 30-39
Bad 15-29
Awful 1-14

When you’re looking at MLB tickets, though, it doesn’t seem as if this scale is followed. For instance, if you’re looking for Opening Day tickets for the game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, you’ll see that Deal Scores appear to be based off a scale of 1-10.

That can be a little misleading, but SeatGeek takes care of that by categorizing tickets by Deal Score. When you click on any individual ticket, both the Deal Score and whatever it qualifies as will be called out. If it’s an amazing deal, you’ll see that right next to the Deal Score number.

There will be times when you see a blue question mark, meaning there isn’t enough information available to calculate whether those tickets are a good deal or not. Having this happen will likely make people think it’s an awful deal, but that’s not always the case — you just have to do a little more digging on your own.

There are more opportunities and places to buy MLB tickets these days, which is awesome, but it can also be a bad thing because there are so many options to choose from. SeatGeek simplifies the process by bringing everything you need to look at in one place, while also providing insight on whether you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

What more do you need?

About Matt Musico

Matt Musico currently manages Chin Music Baseball and contributes to The Sports Daily. His past work has been featured at numberFire, Yahoo! Sports and Bleacher Report. He’s also written a book about how to become a sports blogger. You can sign up for his email newsletter here.

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