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Tonight’s (on) topic: Average Ticket Price
Via NBA Reddit pic.twitter.com/bdOF6ttbIn— Greg (Blog Boy) (@gwiss) May 3, 2018
For the most part the average ticket prices here make sense considering the markets that each individual franchise is in.
New Orleans having the lowest average cost while also being the second smallest market makes sense. The fact that the Pelicans have two All-Stars should correlate to a higher ticket cost, but New Orleans loves their Saints and SEC football, so the Pelicans are, at best, the third most desirable product in the market.
I am surprised the Los Angeles Clippers are the second cheapest ticket in the league, I know they are vastly less popular than the Los Angeles Lakers, but not second cheapest ticket unpopular. I spent the 2015/16 season living in Los Angeles and, yeah, even with that being Kobe Bryant’s final season, the Lakers talk was/is much louder and dominate than any Clippers talk, even when the Clips are a better product. Good for the Clippers front office on trying to capitalize on the affordable professional sport ticket market for fans. It does work.
Something to keep an eye on as far as the Milwaukee Bucks are concerned, is how the Sacramento Kings featured an average ticket that ranks 11th in the league. The Kings have a new arena, so prices are high because of that, which has already been a concern for Bucks fans regarding the WESC. The Kings also have a recent history of futility and front office mismanagement, maybe not quite to the degree of the Bucks, but it’s in the neighborhood. Unlike the Bucks, the Kings are a worse team and have no marketable stars, so I would not be surprised if this season we saw the Bucks average ticket price creep up to the Kings’ tier.
Tonight’s (off) topic:
(h/t to user kanyon on providing this quiz in last night’s Night Shift comments)
This was a depressing stroll down memory lane, eh? I posted a measly 124/185 - those 90s teams are forgettable, yikes.
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