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• Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and the Professional Fighters League said the PFL playoff semi-final matches would be held in the new Entertainment and Sports Arena on Oct. 20.

• According to Bob Ley, ‘As of October 1 I'll be taking a six-month sabbatical from my Outside the Lines duties on ESPN. The idea of stepping back to re-charge is fully 100% mine, and one I've been considering for a while.’ Per ESPN: 'We completely support Bob’s decision and look forward to his return April 1.’

• Serena Williams will star in marketing for American Express relating to the U.S. Open to support new services such as the AmEx Band (contactless payment wristband) and an interactive tennis experience Super Rally, as well as the AmEx Fan Experience at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

• The planned move of MLS’ Columbus Crew club to Austin, Texas, received a major boost on Wednesday when the Austin City Council approved a deal to build a soccer stadium. Backers said the  venue could be ready for the 2020 MLS season.

• Walk This Way: Aerosmith has unveiled plans for headlining residency in Las Vegas, Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild. The first show is scheduled for April 6, 2019 in Park Theater, located in MGM Resorts International’s new Park MGM on the Vegas Strip. The residency is being promoted by Live Nation. There currently are18 dates scheduled for April-June-July 2019.

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Nov282017

Spending Too Much This Holiday Season? You’re Not Alone (Especially In New York)

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

November 27, 2017: When hitting the stores this holiday season, you will need to be armed with cash, credit cards, a shopping list and some interesting — and perhaps necessary — statistics.

Holiday-season shoppers will spend an average of $500.

For most, even that won’t be enough as 76% of people said they have overspent on holiday purchases by an average of $263 in the past, according to the "Merry Money Holiday Spending Survey" from TD Bank.

The most-requested presents: Gift cards were No. 1 (62%), followed by cash (59%) and purchased gifts (48%), according to TD Bank.

Although more than 50% of people create a budget, 76% of them overspend.

The highest level of holiday overspend in the country comes from shoppers in New Yorkers (80%) and South Florida (78%) as compared to the national average (76%).

Shoppers in New York overspend by 21% ($318) more than the average American ($263).

The most common budget-breakers: 71% spent more than expected for the gifts on their list, 57% bought items for people not on their original list and 41% spent extra money on themselves.

The worst offenders:

“Experience-driven millennials far overspend their budget (72%) on holiday-related events compared to members of Generation X (24%) and baby boomers (18%),” according to the "Merry Money Holiday Spending Survey."

Millennials tend to overspend the most on:


    •    Gifts for friends and family (49%)
    •    Purchases for themselves (33%)
    •    Candy/desserts (33%)
    •    Home decorations (31%)
    •    Wine/Beer/Spirits (30%)

However, the good news is that while the majority of holiday shoppers have overspent in the past, 59% indicated that they “expect to pay back their spending before February 2018.”

Some people know how to save money: 59% of people give homemade food as a gift.

Meanwhile, some people don’t like what they have received: 56% of people have re-gifted their gifts

"Holiday shopping should not create any added stress to such an enjoyable time of year," Jason Thacker, head of U.S. Consumer Deposits and Payments for TD Bank, said in a statement.

“These findings only further emphasize that by establishing a budget and exploring gift alternatives, people can still make meaningful memories and get the most out of the season." 

Research company MARU/Matchbox conducted the "Merry Money Holiday Spending Survey" “among a nationally representative sample of Americans shopping for the holiday season.”

Interviews occurred between Nov. 2-8, 2017. A total 1,295 "completes" were gathered in the U.S.

Data has been weighted by age, gender and region to reflect the population, per TD Bank.

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