Jeremy Lin Making it More Expensive to Watch the New York Knicks

The surprising emergence of Jeremy Lin as the Knicks’ so-called backcourt savior has been a great joy for the team’s fan base, but it’s going to cost them. Reports the NY Post: “According to secondary-ticket site aggregator SeatGeek, transaction volume on the secondhand market for the Knicks’ game Friday against the Lakers nearly quadrupled — to 1,125 stubs swapped from an average of 310 the three days prior — in the 24 hours after Lin dazzled with 28 points in Monday’s home victory over the Jazz. Lin’s rapid rise from benchwarmer to crowd favorite also stoked a 13-percent spike in average prices for the game against Kobe Bryant’s club, to $312.51 from $276.39, and bump of 36 percent for next Wednesday’s more affordable matchup against the Hornets ($89 to $121). […] The surge in demand compares favorably to the one the Clippers enjoyed upon acquiring Chris Paul and approached the rush for tickets at the Garden after the Knicks trade for Carmelo Anthony last winter, Will Flaherty, SeatGeek’s director of communications said. ‘It lends credence to the argument Lin is driving up ticket prices,’ Flaherty said.”