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Stanley Cup Final vs. NBA Finals Ticket Prices

from Jesse Lawrence at Forbes,

Tuesday night, Game six of the NBA finals scored ABC a 14.7 rating, the fourth-highest ever for an NBA game on the storied network.   A bit further up the dial NBC has also been celebrating ratings for their NHL finals broadcast.  Game one of the NHL finals between the Bruins and Blackhawks scored a 4.8– double game one from last year.  For the NHL it was the highest rating since game six in 2011, which also involved the Bruins.  If championship ratings are a reflection of the national sports interests, NBA is the clear winner.

Ticket prices, however, tell another story. Ticket prices for the NBA finals are at a 3-year high, averaging $941 for the Heat vs. Spurs series.  This ranks a distant second to the Celtics vs. Lakers series in 2010, which averaged $1,805.   Over the last three years, only one Stanley Cup finals–the 2012 Devils vs. Kings– has had an average price lower than the price for this years NBA finals. In the 2011, the Bruins vs. Canucks series had an average price of $1,437, almost double the price $758 for the Heat’s first Finals appearance vs. the Mavericks.

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NHLJeff's avatar

I found this paragraph to be the most interesting:

While the stars are more visible at NBA games, both on the court and in the stands, the day-in-day-out demand for NHL is significantly higher than the NBA. The average price for tickets across the NHL in 2013 was 18.6% higher than in the NBA–$147 vs. $123.  In the NHL, 16 of 32 teams filled their venues at or over 100% capacity for the season.  In the NBA, only six teams could say the same.  As a country, we covet speed and power above all else. With 100-mile hour slapshots and two hundred pound men skating at over 20 miles-per-hour, hockey, not basketball, would seem to be our preferred winter sport. Based on the ultimate measure of demand—what people are willing to pay to see it live–that appears to be the case

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 06/20/13 at 04:06 PM ET

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