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This soccer team so badly needed a place to stay they traded a player for hotel rooms.
That's what happened with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League who traded Walter Restrepo to the San Antonio Scorpions for a "a transfer fee." According to the NY Post, that transfer fee actually ended up being hotel and transportation arrangements for the Strikers to play San Antonio this summer.
Now, thanks to Restrepo, the Strikers and their coaches and medical staff can stay at The Crockett Hotel for free, instead of having to pay about $169 a night for each room, saving them in total about $4,056.
The Crockett is designated a Historic Hotel of America and is located right on San Antonio's Riverwalk. The rooms are pretty basic but the place does have free WiFi and complimentary breakfast. Yet we noticed rooms starting at $109 a night and not $169. We hope the Strikers didn't get ripped off. Also, we hope that player doesn't take this transfer too hard. And hey, there's always The Bachelor!
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St. Louis' hotel scene is heating up tonight! Not only is the 5th game of the World Series with the Cardinals versus the Boston Red Sox happening but the city is also hosting Monday Night Football with the Rams playing the Seattle Seahawks. However, there are still plenty of hotel rooms to be had. Allow us to break it down.
On Expedia, The Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch (near the ballpark) still has rooms open, although they cost a pretty penny at $475 tonight. The Renaissance St. Louis Grand is going for $399, The Embassy Suites is $359 while the Crowne Plaza Riverfront at the Arch hikes the rate back up to $475. There are still a ton of hotels open near the airport, about 20 minutes away from the ballpark, and most of them are below $150 a night.
On HotelTonight, the last-minute hotel booking app, there are way better deals, under $100 for tonight, but you will probably need a rental car. The Best Western Plus Saint Charles is about 25 minutes by highway to the ballpark but only costs $75. There's also the La Quinta Inn by the airport for $89 and the Comfort Inn Westport for $74 which is also about 25 minutes away. But hey, these are all under $100.
Just beware, if you are a Red Sox fan, this little "note" could greet you in your hotel room:
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Being big sports fans ourselves, we' ve always wondered--what happens when a professional sports team takes over a hotel? Do they get to stay in the biggest suites? Can they order whatever they want through room service? Do they have to pay for WiFi? Are they
walking around naked, er, are they paying $4 for that Snickers bar? We finally got some some insider details on what goes down when players are up...in the guest rooms and in short, the answers to these questions are: no, no, no and no.
The JW Marriott Chicago recently hosted the Chicago Blackhawks during the Stanley Cup Champsionships. (Yes, even players who have homes in Chicago were required to stay at the hotel.) Steve Conklin, director of sales and marketing, told us the Blackhawks team, including players, coaches and trainers, took up about 35 of the hotel's 610 hotel rooms. Football teams usually take about 160-200 rooms, according to Conklin.
Naturally, when it comes to hotel rooms, our first question was this: Do they have to share a room? Conklin said that only a few of the guys, namely the rookies and whoever are "buddies" share a room. The rest get their own rooms with a king-sized bed. And no matter how big the superstar, the players all get standard rooms, not suites. Of course, it helps when the hotel, like the JW Marriott, is a luxury hotel and is tricked out with all the right amenities from technology to comfort to the all-important 24-hour room service. Not that the players can take advantage of it though.
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Update: It was these guys.
Ugh. Yet another example of professional athletes behaving badly in hotel rooms. This time it happened at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The incident took place in February but word only just came out via Yahoo! Sports. They reported:
National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster, who runs the NFL scouting combine, confirmed that a hotel room was left trashed during the February 2013 event in Indianapolis. However, Foster refused to identify the two players who shared the room for three nights, though sources have indicated that one of the two prospects is a potential first-round pick in next week's NFL draft.
So how bad was the damage? Like Lohan or Courtney Love bad with cigarette burns everywhere? Or 80s hair band bad with broken bottles of alcohol littered on the floor and TVs thrown out the window? Judging from the description below, it's a new kind of bad. Very bad:
Starting next week, there are going to be a whole lotta ballers passing through the Loews Miami Beach and by ballers, we mean both the rich kind and the basketball-playing kind.
That's because Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade is hosting his fantasy basketball camp at the spot. The event is open to ballers 35 and older for four days of "intense competition and training" that will include a "draft" and a championship game. It also costs $12,500 to attend. Interested in going? There are 20 spots left. Except we don't think that price includes getting your car airlifted poolside. However, the $12,500 pricetag does include a hotel room as well as daily meals and a farewell brunch.
Wanna stay at the Loews next weekend but not keen to actually enroll in the camp? Rates are going for about $367 a night. But if you want to work out, you'll have to cough up a $10 fee to use the fitness center.
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The news of Philadelphia Eagles player Dion Lewis pulling a fire alarm at a Hampton Inn over the weekend can be chalked up to typical off-season NFL player shenanigans. (Seriously, compared with other stuff NFL guys get into, this one is TAME.)
But we think there's an important lesson here for you frequent hotel guests--pulling that fire alarm when there's no fire will get you arrested. That's what happened with Lewis and his brother after the duo arrived back at the hotel in Albany, where they were staying, at 5am and couldn't get in. They began banging on the doors and then pulled the fire alarm. Yeah, this wasn't going to end well.
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Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat team finally captured the NBA Championship last night over the Oklahoma City
Zombie Sonics Thunder in Miami and once the celebrations moved out of the American Airlines Arena, the ballers took their partying to the LIV nightclub at The Fontainebleau, arguably the hottest nightclub in Miami depsite having been open for a few years now.
And here's exactly how they spent their night up in the club:
LeBron James with fiancé Savannah Brinson were greeted at the luxurious resort around 3AM to club goers chanting MVP as bottles of Ace of Spades Champagne arrived. Teammates Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh along with their significant others Gabrielle Union and Adrienne Bosh arrived with Heat owner Micky Arison to the sounds of DJ IRIE spinning at the party.
Wade revealed to the crowed his new Twitter hash tag , #LMT stands for "Love my Team" just as James grabbed the mic and took the LIV stage rapping to Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Ball So Hard," DJ Khaled's "All I Do is Win" and the obvious, Queen's "We Are the Champions." In a final surprise moment, electropop duo LMFAO took the stage to perform for the winning team and the still raucous crowd at 4:50AM.
Even if you aren't a sports fan, there's no way you haven't heard of the "Linsanity" gripping the nation, or at least the Tri-State metro area. The term that once applied to the drunk antics of Lindsay Lohan is now being used to describe the on-court antics of breakout NBA star, Jeremy Lin, who has pretty much saved the New York Knicks from a dismal ball season.
The undrafted point guard from Harvard, who was a permanent bench warmer for the Golden State Warriors last year and in threat of being cut from the Knicks just a month ago, is now living the New York dream--in a hotel, of course.
The NFL season is finally back on track and now football fans are anxiously awaiting to see how their teams will shape up over the next few days. And so are the players as free agents like former Giant and ex-con Plaxico Burress begin courting owners and coaches for some placement.
Fortunately, Plaxico had the good sense to avoid the Radisson Lexington hotel which is where he shot himself in the leg with a gun back in 2008 in the hotel's nightclub, the Latin Quarter. And which ultimately sent him to jail.
Football fans are rejoicing now that the NFL lockout has ended but the other kind of football fans are getting boisterous now that the Major League Soccer All-Stars games are on this week. And in Manhattan this week to take on this side of the ponds' biggest footies stars are Manchester United, led by their star player and recent hair transplant recipient, Wayne Rooney.
The Manchester United team bus was spotted on Tuesday morning outside of the W Hotel in Hoboken, and reports say some former players will be at Mulligan’s bar on Tuesday afternoon at noon. Many visiting teams in Major League Soccer that play against the New York Red Bulls (based in Harrison, N.J.) stay at the W Hotel.
Forget Christmas and New Year's. For NBA groupies, the best time of the year is February when the NBA All-Star Game happens.
This year, the b-ball festivities are happening in Los Angeles which means that LA-area hotels will not only be hosting NBA teams, coaches and fans but groupies as well. And guess what? They are already starting to scope out the team hotels, in particular The W Hollywood Hotel.
The NY Post has an article all about how ladies look to snag athletes from the NFL and NBA and we thought this tip was hilarious:
BallerAlert's "Eleven8," for example, suggests memorizing the layout of the W Hotel in Hollywood, where, she said, the NBA stars will rest their heads during February's All Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
Go long...down the hallway, past the ice machine!
If you're NFL great Joe Montana and you want to open up a luxury hotel, where are you gonna do it? Why in Santa Clara, Calif. right across the street from where your old team, the San Francisco 49ers, hope to build a brand-new 68,500-seat stadium. And indeed, that's what Joe Montana is hoping to do.
The San Jose Mercury News reports Montana and former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. have petitioned the city of Santa Clara to give them an 18-month exclusive negotiating agreement for about seven acres across from the proposed stadium site that would include a luxury hotel, sports bar, upscale restaurant and entertainment venue.