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One company offering Super Bowl ticket loans at 30% interest (P.S. -- dont do this)

One company offering Super Bowl ticket loans at 30% interest (P.S. -- dont do this)

It’s “easier than ever” to attend the Super Bowl, according to a Stub Hub press release.

It may also be easier than ever to go into debt doing it.

StubHub this week announced a program that allows fans to finance ticket purchases — including Super Bowl tickets — and pay for them over a period of 3, 6 or 12 months.

All at the bargain-basement price of up to 30 percent interest.

Stub Hub, in conjunction with financial firm Affirm, introduced a program this week that allows consumers to use Stub Hub to purchase tickets and during the check-out process elect to finance the purchase through Affirm. 

Although ticket buyers can use Affirm for most Stub Hub purchase, the company is rolling out this program as a way to encourage fans who can’t afford Super Bowl tickets to buy them at potentially exorbitant interest rates.

According to financial web site The Balance, the average credit card interest rate as of December was 21.26 percent.

“Just in time for the Super Bowl, consumers can purchase event tickets now and pay over time,” reads a joint press release from Affirm and Stub Hub. 

The StubHub-Affirm joint press release makes it sound like paying 30 percent interest is a financially sound idea: “With U.S. credit card debt at an all-time high and many consumers looking to kick off the new year with better financial habits, they’re demanding more transparent financial products that align with their interests.”

According to a CBS News story that examined the Stub Hub program, two lower-level end-zone tickets selling on Stub Hub for $15,760 on a 12-month, 30-percent loan would cost the buyer an additional $2,676 in interest.

The story also said that unlike credit cards, there’s no financial benefit for consumers to pay this sort of loan off early. 

Ted Rossman of creditcards.com appeared on CBS MoneyWatch and warned consumers against using this sort of financial plan to pay for tickets makes no financial sense.

"It is a huge risk to make any type of discretionary purchase with something that carries a rate of 10 percent to 30 percent,” Rossman said on the show, according to the CBS News story. "It's risky to buy it now and think you are going to pay it later."

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Eagles QB coach Press Taylor back at work following quarantine

Eagles QB coach Press Taylor back at work following quarantine

Not only is Doug Pederson back at the NovaCare Complex, his quarterbacks coach is as well.

Press Taylor has returned to work after being quarantined following Pederson’s positive COVID test.

Because Taylor was in close quarters with Pederson, he was quarantined away from the NovaCare Complex until a series of tests came back negative and he showed no symptoms. 

As with players, it's up to the individual if he chooses to announce whether he actually had the virus or was simply quarantined for being around someone who did.

Although there is a COVID reserve list for players who either test positive or have been in close proximity to someone who has, there is no similar list for coaches, and NFL teams are under no obligation to announce when or if any coaches have either tested positive or have been quarantined without a positive test.

Pederson and Taylor were both sent home from work on Aug. 2. Pederson returned on Wednesday.

Two of the three Eagles who were placed on the COVID reserve list on July 29 - Nate Gerry and Lane Johnson - have returned to the team. That leaves third-year offensive tackle Jordan Mailata as the only known remaining player or coach not currently with the team.

Taylor joined the Eagles as one of Chip Kelly’s offensive quality control coaches in 2013. He became offensive quality control and assistant quarterbacks coach under Pederson in 2016, quarterbacks coach in 2018 and had the passing game coordinator tag added to his title this year.

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Doug Pederson details Eagles’ 2020 training camp structure

Doug Pederson details Eagles’ 2020 training camp structure

Earlier this offseason, Doug Pederson intimated that the Eagles might have more scrimmages this summer to make up for the cancelation of the entire preseason. 

That doesn’t seem to be the case. 

In the past, Pederson has typically had two days where the Eagles go “live” and tackle to the ground. Even without preseason games, that is the plan this summer too. 

I’m going to stick to that schedule,” Pederson said via a Zoom call on Wednesday afternoon. “I’m going to stick to two days of having situational, scrimmage-type practices. I feel like it’s a great way to get our guys prepared for game situations, game action. I’m going to do two of those days.

That means there will be limited opportunities to really evaluate their young players during this training camp. 

Pederson also said there are in total eight or nine padded practices in the next 2 1/2 weeks. 

The Eagles are right now in the Gradual Ramp Up Period of training camp, which allows non-padded practices. Padded practices begin Monday (Aug. 17) when the Eagles enter the Contact Integration Period. 

If those “live” periods indeed remain similar to what Pederson has done in the past, don’t think of scrimmages as just 11-on-11 offense vs. defense, like a game. The situational part means they’ll be in goal line or backed up, etc. Pederson likes to segment practice this way. 

Pederson admitted there will be a “fine line” as the coaches try to evaluate players but also work on situational players and get ready for the season. Normally, those preseason games are huge for evaluating young players. Now, the coaching staff has to do it in 2 1/2 weeks while also preparing veteran players for the upcoming season. 

Because of that, will these practices be any more intense? 

“I don’t know if they’ll be any more intense,” Pederson said. “Training camp practices are grueling anyway.” 

That’s true. And Pederson also brought up a great point that this current setup means fewer days off once these practices get going. Normally, when there are preseason games, teams get the day before and after off. So if you’re a starter and you play 10 snaps in a preseason game, those 10 snaps are really your only significant on-field time in the span of three days. There are obviously off days built into this schedule but not that many. 

While the Eagles haven’t started padded practices yet, they have been in training camp and in virtual meetings for a while. In fact, the Eagles have completely installed their offensive and defensive schemes. 

The last thing left to do is get on the field and get ready for the season. 

“The only thing we’ve missed really is just the live practices that we would have had under a normal situation,” Pederson said. “Tomorrow, I think would have been our first preseason game. We’ve got everything that we need in if we were to play a game tomorrow. We’re not really playing catch up, we’re just enhancing what we have moving forward.”

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