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#SportsHistoryBlog Salutes: GoodSeatsStillAvailable.com

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by Dean Mitchell
@SportsHCtweets
@sportshistorycollectibles
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hen we first created SportsHistoryCollectibles.com our mission was: To showcase our memorabilia from all the leagues that thrived, failed and shaped the North American sports landscape of today. Along the way we found a few like-minded sites, sites that are distinctly different yet kindred-spirits in our mission to keep these stories alive.

One of my favorites is GoodSeatsStillAvailable.com. Host Tim Hanlon covers every angle, from how the majors became “Majors” to Pro Bowling, pro volleyball, soccer and more. His attention to the marketing and business side of pro sports is incredibly interesting.

Tim’s passion for this “lost” sports history dates back to his unmitigated childhood love affair with the (original) New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. Seeing the world’s best players in this intriguing new sport really made an impression. Tim had spread his allegiances to the upstart Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) New Jersey Rockets), the United States Football League (USFL) New Jersey Generals and the fledgling Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL) 1988 Champion New Jersey Saints. Each time, teams folded and slipped into oblivion.

Tim resurrects these memories on his many podcasts. He has over 165 episodes, each with an interesting guest. Some of my favorites include:

EPISODE 163:
Once Again, The XFL Is Done (Or Is It?) – With ESPN’s Kevin Seifert

EPISODE 159:
Chronicling Pro Sports’ “Major” Leagues – With Tom Brucato

EPISODE 158:
“Stealing” Dodger Stadium – With Eric Nusbaum

EPISODE 138:
The International Volleyball Association – With Jay Hanseth

EPISODE 141:
The National Bowling League – With Dr. Jake Schmidt

EPISODE #31:
Indoor Soccer’s Wichita Wings With Mike Romalis And Tim O’Bryhim

EPISODE #92:
“Retro” Pro Lacrosse History – With Steve Holroyd & Dave Coleman

EPISODE 132:
ABA Basketball Memories – With Hall Of Famer Dan Issel

EPISODE #02:
Sports Executive Andy Crossley & The WPS Boston Breakers

As you can see, Tim’s been very busy. Like us, he’s come a long way since launching in 2017.

Check out one of his podcast about a team you really cared about that’s gone—or learn about one you never knew existed.

GOODSEATSSTILLAVAILABLE.COM
WAS CREATED BY HOST TIM HANLON AS A TRIBUTE TO DEFUNCT TEAMS AND LEAGUES