Thursday, December 10th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  6 responses

Box Office Revenue Down League Wide

While you may find this report useful and informative, all one has to do to get a picture of the attendance revenue problems is turn on a television, and see all the empty seats in NBA gyms: “Average paid attendance is down 3.7 percent in the NBA through the first quarter of the regular season, sending gate receipts plummeting 7.4 percent, according to league documents obtained by CBSSports.com. Net gate receipts, the money teams make from ticket sales, fell to an average of $828,985 per game, down from $894,823 at the same point last season. Only nine teams were up or flat in average net gate receipts through Nov. 29, while 21 teams saw a decline. The numbers are important because they reflect how even teams with relatively healthy paid attendance – such as the Mavericks, who are averaging 15,373 – are suffering due to pricing pressure from the recession. Dallas’ paid attendance is down 8.2 percent, but its gate receipts are down 15.9 percent.”

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  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    It’s always amazing to see New York at one of the tops.

  • tmw554

    its just too expensive, especially in these times. people are spending less money everywhere

  • davidR

    i’m with tmw554. ticket prices are ridiculous these days

  • ab_40

    too bad. I hope people are gonna start watching games again. if the economy doesn’t pick up in the next five years I can see franchises going bank rupt without other cities picking up their rights

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Lawyue

    Not a good sign for the salary cap next season. Is the $50 million mark possible now?

  • rav

    instead of having a load of empty seats just give some free seats to local college students and schoolkids to go with their parents/teachers – they’d get more money from a seat as they’d be making sales on food/drink/merchandise that they otherwise would not have if nobody was there, it’ll look a whole lot better on tv as the rows of empty seats do not look good on tv, it’ll increase the future fanbase as the kids will get hooked on live games and will feel an affiliation with that team (therefore more merchandise sales in the future and greater demand for tickets) and they’d be doing something good for their community, which is never a bad thing, especially in this time as it will look like they care about their fans and community.

    and yeah, ticket prices as a whole are ridiculous, totally pricing out a future generation of fans who’ll have little to no interest in the sport.