Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 at 10:55 am  |  26 responses

The New York Knicks are Raising Ticket Prices Again

For the second straight season, it’s going to be more expensive for New Yorkers to watch their hoops team in person at MSG (only roughly 5% higher this time around, compared to this season’s insane 49% price hike.) From Newsday: “The price of Knicks season tickets will rise by an average of 4.9 percent for 2012-13 and Rangers by an average of 9.5 percent, the teams announced Monday. The increases primarily will affect seats in the upper bowl, which will be the focus this coming offseason of the second phase of Madison Square Garden’s three-year renovation. Among the changes in the upper seating areas will be more amenities and new sightlines created by increasing the incline of the upper bowl by 17 degrees.”

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  • Paul H

    The soccer player Roy Keane called this kind of exploitation putting the enjoyment of the game In the hands of the “prawn sandwich brigade”. In other words your average working class fan gets priced out. This Is exactly how It went at Manchester United.

  • timbo slice

    YES! I hate lower-class people! They honestly have no manners and often times act like morons.

  • bike

    Ticket prices have lincreased again….
    Lin’s story is great but it’s not like the guy is all that entertaining to watch play.

  • Paul H

    Extravagant ticket prices encourage people to see attendance at a sports event as more of a sign of status than the supporting of teams. It Is an affront to everything sports Is supposed to represent.

  • R. Deahn

    Basketball has always been an urban blue collar sport, real fans will just watch it at home or find other outlets (college, street, etc)to attend. I wonder is James Dolan has even shot a basketball.

  • burnt_chicken

    pfffffft. as if working class people ‘really get’ basketball anyway. Pass the quiche, timbo. I’m famished.

  • timbo slice

    i think this is what those 99%ers were talking about


    It’s good to be the Knicks right now. The money is just pouring into the franchise. The team is a contender. I’d love for that 2012 ticker-tape parade down through the Canyon of Heroes for my Knicks.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    I guess i’ll NEVER see a Knicks game in the Garden now. Was actually thinking about getting nosebleed seats, but those are bills I can pay with that money…

  • charliewinning

    Orange, why the hell would you care about the Dolans getting rich? It’s not like they care about their fan base, and quite frankly they are some of the dumbest owners in sports. All that money and barely a handful of winning seasons is nothing to cheer on. Pricing out REAL fans is lame and stupid. Next thing you know, we’ll be like the Lakers or Miami. Just an arena full of phony fans who only go to be seen. New Yorkers deserve better than the Dolans.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic


  • Timmy Jones

    Ticket prices at MSG (and many of the other major city arenas) always make me think about the KG commercial from the late 90′s (where the snobs who don’t even enjoy basketball and have tickets in the front row are sent to the nosebleeds while the people who were actual fans of the sport but could only pay for the cheapest tickets were given awesome seats) and wish that happened more often. I’ve got no problem with the people who can afford to have the best seats, but I do have a problem with those who do go and aren’t even fans and don’t cheer one bit. I’ve never been to MSG, and I’m giving up on ever going in my lifetime because of these prices. I’ve got to see the Knicks twice this year on the road in Toronto (when Lin hit the game winner) and in Boston two days ago and my bank account is thanking me.


    Hi Enigmatic, how have you been? I haven’t seen you much since all the Linsanity broke out. I figured you just had a bad case of heAINTish/ITIS. Good to see you’re back on your fingertips.

  • shuref00t

    If you want to watch the Knicks live for a reasonable price, just wait until they play the Nets in Brooklyn next season.

  • anynomous

    I don`t understand how an organization who hasn`t won a playoff game in, who knows how long (like seriously someone tell me because I don`t remember) can raise ticket prices? They`re one game under .500 in the worse conference in the nba where the top 2 teams are 7 games over .500 combined. On the bright side, I don`t see milwaukee or cleveland stealing the 7th or 8th seed from the knicks. Yet, I`m starting to think that the NY Giants sneaking into the playoffs in the final game of the season and going on to win the Superbowl is giving the knicks false hope and delusional expectations. The NFL has the luxury of being unpredictable which is probably why it`s the most popular sport among US citizens at 36% (http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2012/01/26/Research-and-Ratings/Harris-Poll.aspx). The nba is far less predictable and even less so in last 2-3 years. I would think that losing to a struggling, pre-rebuilding-mode boston celtics team twice in one season would open some eyes to what the knicks are: average. But apparently, the knicks` front office or marketing department is just as confused as some of their fans.

  • truthteller

    Wow! This is how you reward all the true fans that stuck by the Knicks were irrelevant?

  • truthteller

    Wow! This is how you reward all the true fans that stuck by the Knicks when they were irrelevant?

  • charliewinning

    Slam is clearly on some bs with the comments.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @anynomous – You really think the NBA was less predictable last year than when the Pistons, Bulls, Rockets, Lakers, Celtics and Spurs accounted for 95% of the championships over the last 30 years?

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    The Audacity, The Hypocrisy, The LINSANITY!

  • anynomous

    @ugh You don`t base title predictions on what teams did 5, 10, and 15 years ago, you base them on what teams do in the 82 games leading up to the PO. Miami and Dallas were the most superior teams in their respective conferences. I thought that Dallas was the most complete team in the league. Tha mavericks were a great offensive and good defensive team while Miami was a great defensive and good offensive team. How can be surprised that a 58-win team who finished 2nd in the east and a 57-win team who finished 3rd in the west got to the finals?

  • Justin G.

    Only Orange would call an 8th place team with no defense a contender

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    I have MSG in my cable box. Season tickets, great seats, 99 bucks a month with WIFI included.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Orange is an idiot. He doesn’t pay any attention to the people he talks sh*t too, and he doesn’t care about logic. Basically he’s a text book moron.

  • TonyJ

    Between the insane fees on http://www.ticketmaster and after market sites like http://frontrowtickets.com there’s no room for prices to go up. They are going to end up with empty seats and nobody to buy beer! I used to be a season ticket holder and had to give them up when the kids went to college. Looks like I won’t be able to afford them any time soon.

  • RAY