Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  11 responses

Welcome to the (Somewhat) Affordable NBA Finals

Only one of the puppets making it to the big show is good news for the consumer, bad for business: “As a result of Orlando toppling Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals, [ticket broker Scott Goldberg] estimates each ticket he sells for NBA Finals games at Staples Center is going for about 40 percent less than what it would have for a Lakers-Cavs series. Upper-level tickets at Staples Center that brokers would have priced anywhere from $475-650 against Cleveland are now selling for just more than half that much, while lower-level seats that might have fetched $2,500-5,000 are now going for between $1,600 and $3,500. ‘Kobe and LeBron was Bird and Magic,’ Goldberg said. ‘Most pundits would say Orlando is a better team than Cleveland and they have an absolute superstar in Dwight Howard, but there’s no rivalry, no bad blood. There’s nothing to make it any bigger than the Lakers are hungry for a championship. Nothing about Orlando drives the price, so it’s a good series but there’s certainly no glamour.’”

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  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Broke broke broke broke broke, we ain’t got it!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    As long as Jimmy Goldstein got his seats.

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  • wilz

    dont the lakers top the list in profit margins?? i think they’ll be ok.
    meanwhile, the rest of us fans will enjoy a solid series through our tvs..

  • pablo (fromn argentina)

    go magic!

  • rav

    why are people giving d**ks like this ‘ticket broker’ the time of day when he’s part of the reason why so many people are priced out of sporting events?

  • Matt

    Oh now i can definitely afford tickets….

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The thing I like about watching from the TV, is hearing the announcers talk (when they are good ones). I always enjoy hearing Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson’s side of things, while getting amped by Marv Albert’s excited yelps. Not to mention the great, clear camera angles you get via television.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com Dacre

    What I don’t like about the nba/tv viewing here in Australia is that all the LAKER home games are on Foxtel (which is pay-tv) and are live which is fine, whereas the Orlando home games are the only ones on free to air TV (OneHD) but they aren’t live on OneHD they are on 24 hours later?!?!
    Everyone will know what the score is by then!?!?

  • doyouwantmore

    People who only watch basketball for one or two particular stars don’t deserve five-thousand dollar seats.

  • Ronak

    i second Dacre.
    viewing basketball here in australia is more painfull then pulling teeth.