The difference in ticket prices between storied franchises such as the New York Knicks and presumed lottery teams such as the Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Pelicans is frightening.
Despite Derek Fisher’s New York Knicks riding a six-game losing streak and sitting at 4-16 for the season, the average ticket price at Madison Square Garden sits at a steep $130. Bearing in mind the fact that the Knicks have not won an NBA Championship since 1973, it is a testament to the strength of the franchise that they can command such high prices despite little success on the court.
The Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most popular franchises (and brands) in the world sit second ($100-105) in the list of average ticket prices. The Lakers have endured a terrible few years and are quite a distance from challenging from conference honours, let alone the Larry O’Brien Championship.
However, it is the star power of the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant that enables these two franchises to pack their stadium at premium prices each night.
The New Orleans Pelicans and the Charlotte Hornets sit bottom of the pricing list, charging roughly $30 per night to see the likes of Lance Stephenson and Anthony Davis dominate on the hardwood.
A statistic that is quite surprising is that the Indiana Pacers, despite their success in recent years and the popularity of the likes of Paul George and Roy Hibbert, charge some of the lowest prices for tickets in the NBA, roughly $35.
The Boston Celtics’ average ticket price is just under $80, roughly $50 cheaper than their New York rivals. Gregg Popovich’s outstanding Spurs, who have four NBA Championships since 2003 alone, are just under $60 to experience, less than half the price of the trophy barren Knicks.
So, who would you rather go see? A struggling Knicks side for $130, or the Splash Brothers in Golden State for a third of the price? This writer knows who he’d pick.
Check out the graph here yourself: