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2016 NBA Finals

The NBA Finals start tonight as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. It’s not surprising that these two teams made the Finals again because throughout the season, they’ve been the best.

It’s a rematch between last season’s Conference Champions, and with two fully healthy teams, it’s sure to be quite a show. The Playoffs have been fairly uneventful in the Eastern Conference, however the Western Conference has been more of a battle.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have had three Finals appearances, but have never won a championship. 

This isn’t LeBron’s first rodeo. He’s had his fair share of Finals appearances and knows just how tough the Golden State Warriors are. Last season, the team was plagued with key injuries and LeBron single-handedly carried his team to the Finals, but it wasn’t enough to close out the series.

Now his team is fully healthy and well-rested, they are ready to fight for a ring. No team has given Cleveland any sort of challenge during the Playoffs as of yet and they’ve been coasting through the post-season.

Tickets for games 3 and 4 in Cleveland are starting at $378 and $519 respectively. It is important to note that these are very likely to change based on the outcomes of the first two games.

Golden State Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors could not have asked for a better season. Despite Curry suffering an ankle injury earlier in the Playoffs, the team still managed to overcome the Oklahoma City Thunder after being down three games and make it to the Finals for the second time in a row.

Steph Curry has had a phenomenal record-breaking season, and what better way to cap that off than with  back-to-back championships. He was the first player ever to receive a unanimous MVP award. His team also broke the record for the best regular season record with 73-9.

Some of Curry’s career achievements include:

  • 3x All Star
  • NBA scoring leader
  • 4x NBA three-point field goals leader
  • 3x NBA free-throw percentage leader
  • NBA steals leader
  • NBA regular season record for made three-pointers (402)
  • NBA record for most consecutive regular season games with a made three-pointer (152)
  • NBA record for most consecutive playoff games with a made three-pointer (51)
  • NBA record for most three-pointers made in a game (12 – tied with Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall)

The Warriors had their pre-sale for Game 1 yesterday afternoon and even their face value tickets were $500. This is a perfect example of what I talked about in my previous post on Oracle Arena pricing because tickets for Game 1 dropped from $610 to $448 in just 24 hours. 

Game 1 starts at 9:00pm EST on ABC, and it’s a game you won’t want to miss!

Here is the rest of the NBA Finals schedule with current estimated lowest prices according to SeatGeek (times are EST):
Game 1: June 2nd, 9:00pm – Oracle Arena ($448)

Game 2: June 5th, 5:00pm – Oracle Arena ($614)

Game 3: June 8th, 9:00pm – Quicken Loans Arena ($378)

Game 4: June 10th, 9:00pm – Quicken Loans Arena ($519)

*Game 5: June 13th, 6:00pm – Oracle Arena ($882)

*Game 6: June 16th, 9:00pm – Quicken Loans Arena ($741)

*Game 7: June 19th, 5:00pm – Oracle Arena ($1,285)

*if necessary

All games will be aired on ABC.

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2016 Playoff Push – West

With less than one week left of the NBA regular season, playoff spots are starting to be finalized. Compared to the Eastern Conference, the West is a much tighter race. Here’s what the playoff seeding in the Western Conference looks like so far:

  1. Golden State Warriors* (70-9)
  2. San Antonio Spurs* (65-14)
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder* (54-25)
  4. Los Angeles Clippers* (51-28)
  5. Portland Trail Blazers* (43-37)
  6. Memphis Grizzlies* (42-37)
  7. Dallas Mavericks (41-38)
  8. Utah Jazz (39-40)

  9. Houston Rockets (38-41)

*=clinched

The Houston Rockets can potentially make the playoffs if they win the rest of their games, so there is still some hope for them.

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The Warriors (70-9)  are three games away from beating the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls record of (72-10). They are on track to capping off their historic season with the new record and cannot lose any of their remaining three games if they hope to do so. Their last three games are against Memphis (twice) and one more vs San Antonio. However despite being so close to breaking it, head coach Steve Kerr is said to not be focused on that, and will instead be resting his best players before the playoffs.

Golden State has already secured the top seed along with home-court advantage for the first two games and will most likely be playing Utah in the first round, unless Houston can find a way to make the playoffs and take the 8th seed.

Los Angeles Clippers

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The Clippers are notorious for making the playoffs, but never advancing past the Western Conference Finals. Blake Griffin was out for 45 games after being suspended for punching a team equipment manager and then breaking his shooting hand. The suspension was for five games without pay, which began when Griffin was cleared to play and was considered active.

According to ESPN.com, Griffin will lose $859,442 from his season salary of $18,907,725. The Clippers will donate Griffin’s salary from the five games to charities that help disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles, and Griffin will also be donating his time to the organizations.

Here’s the video for his press conference where he addresses the 45-game hiatus.

Griffin’s absence was a significant hit for the Clippers because he is still very rusty since returning and this is a crucial time for the team as the playoffs get closer.

Los Angeles Lakers

Now I know that the Lakers are nowhere near playoff contention (16-63), but I thought it was worth talking about Kobe Bryant’s last game. Currently, the cheapest ticket for Kobe’s last game on April 13th vs Utah at the Staples Center is $806 according to SeatGeek. 

And if you thought that was absurd, check out the newest items in the Kobe Bryant 24 Collection on NBAStore.com.

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Los Angeles Lakers Limited Edition Kobe Bryant 18 Karat Gold Fitted Cap – $38,248.08

There are only two of these hats left of the eight total that were produced. Also this price is almost equivalent to my college tuition. The saddest part about this is that people are actually buying these things.

Check out my post about the Eastern Conference if you haven’t seen it. For more updates and news about ticket prices, follow my blog and never miss a post! I’ll also be posting about playoff tickets soon. Got questions? Email me courtsidebroker@gmail.com and I might make a post about it!

2016 Playoff Push – East

There is officially one week left of the NBA regular season. This is the current seeding for the Eastern Conference:

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers* (56-22)
  2. Toronto Raptors* (52-25)
  3. Atlanta Hawks* (46-32)
  4. Boston Celtics* (45-32)
  5. Miami Heat* (45-32)
  6. Charlotte Hornets* (44-33)
  7. Indiana Pacers (41-36)
  8. Detroit Pistons (41-37)

  9. Chicago Bulls (39-39)

* = clinched

The most interesting part about this seeding is how much it has changed over the last few weeks. Every team except Cleveland and Toronto has been moving up and down the ranks and with only one week left of games, this is a critical time for everyone below 2nd place.

Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks

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Coming off of a first round sweep last season against Cleveland, the Celtics have improved their record and currently hold the 4th seed. They have five regular season games left against the Pelicans, Bucks, Hornets, Hawks, and Heat. Their record is currently tied with Miami and if both Miami and Boston win tonight and tomorrow, they will both be tied with Atlanta for the 3rd seed.

Best Case Scenario for Boston:

The best case scenario for the Celtics is to try and take the 3rd seed spot from Atlanta and here’s why:

  • If Boston takes the 3rd seed from Atlanta:
    • They would play Charlotte in the first round instead of Miami
    • Boston is (2-0) vs Charlotte
    • The Hawks would then be playing Miami in the first round
  • Boston can potentially avoid playing Atlanta in the second round because:
    • Boston is (1-2) vs Atlanta
    • Miami can potentially eliminate Atlanta in the first round
    • Atlanta is (1-3) vs Miami
  • Boston would avoid Cleveland in the second round
    • Boston is (2-0) vs Miami
    • Boston is (1-2) vs Cleveland
    • Miami is (2-1) vs Cleveland
    • Celtics and Heat could go to the ECF

If the Celtics can avoid Atlanta and Cleveland at all costs, this would be the best case scenario. Miami is better against the Hawks and can potentially knock them out, and the Celtics have a better chance of beating Miami over Atlanta. Based on their remaining schedule, I think it’s very possible for the Celtics to do.

 

Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls

Tomorrow’s Heat vs Bulls game is a big deal for both teams. Chicago (9th) is two games behind Detroit (8th), so every game is a must-win for them if they hope to even make the playoffs. Miami is still trying to move up in the playoff ranks, so every game matters for them as well. Both of these teams have been plagued with injuries this season and have struggled because of that. Dwyane Wade just got back into the lineup after being out with neck and back injuries and Hassan Whiteside is a day-to-day after taking a hit to the thigh on Tuesday against the Pistons. As for Chicago, Taj Gibson is still out with a rib injury and E’Twaun Moore is day-to-day with a hamstring injury.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

While we’re on the topic of injuries, Cleveland can definitely relate. Last season, the Cavaliers lost Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving due to injuries in the first round against Boston. LeBron James carried the team to the Finals, but we all know how well that ended. Kyrie Irving was just put back into the lineup again after suffering a sprained ankle, so the Cavaliers will be going into the playoffs with a full, healthy roster.

Check out my analysis of the Western Conference and follow my blog for more news, playoff ticket price reports, and tips on selling your NBA tickets!

 

 

New York Yankees vs StubHub

The New York Yankees are known for being greedy and money hungry. As a Yankee fan myself, I always found this very frustrating and disconnecting from the experience of watching the game. The Yankees had an agreement with Ticketmaster as their official ticket resale partner. They have been battling with StubHub for quite some time and last Wednesday, this feud escalated. The Yankees created a new policy prohibiting tickets printed at home. They only accept official card stock tickets and mobile tickets from the Yankees Ticket Exchange. 

What was the reasoning behind this ban decision? At first the claim was that it was an effort to eliminate fraudulent tickets from being sold. In reality though, the reason is greed. StubHub allows users to sell tickets for any price they want and the Yankees feel that tickets sold below face-value are undercutting their revenue stream. Ticketmaster sets a price floor that makes their tickets more expensive than StubHub’s. 

As if this was not already absurd enough, Yankees COO Lonn Trost tried to defend the new ticket policy with this statement:

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“The problem below market at a certain point is that if you buy a ticket in a very premium location and pay a substantial amount of money,” Trost said on WFAN Thursday morning. 

“It’s not that we don’t want that fan to sell it, but that fan is sitting there having paid a substantial amount of money for a ticket and (another) fan picks it up for a buck-and-a-half and sits there, and it’s frustrating to the purchaser of the full amount. And quite frankly, the fan may be someone who has never sat in a premium location. So that’s a frustration to our existing fan base.”

This ban would severely limit StubHub’s client options because so many tickets are purchased digitally and it is much more convenient to upload a PDF file than to mail a physical card stock ticket.

As a fan, this makes it much more difficult to purchase a ticket last minute. Many people rely on these price drops as their only opportunity to afford Yankee tickets. It also hurts those who either have season tickets or who bought tickets and cannot make it to the game themselves. Often, in order to price competitively, especially when it’s close to game time, prices will drop well below face-value so that the seller can avoid taking a total loss.

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“If they don’t like to use the Yankees Ticket Exchange, they can go to StubHub,” Trost said on the “Boomer and Carton” show. “We know that StubHub can transfer tickets on mobile. If they choose not to, that’s not our business.”

“The only way we can transfer tickets is if the Yankees and Ticketmaster provide us with an API (application programming interface) feed that would allow us to do that,” StubHub spokesman Glenn Leherman countered to Newsday. “It’s protected, and they have not granted us access, nor have they granted anyone access. If they wanted to grant us access, this is a different conversation.”

This will definitely affect attendance and fans are more likely to venture to Flushing to watch a better team for a better price. Not to mention creating a huge divide within the fanbase by basically saying that the rich should sit with the rich.

 

 

NBA All Star Weekend Toronto 2016

Last weekend was full of action as NBA All Star weekend took over Toronto in a star-studded, history-making, record breaking event. The Toronto Raptors global ambassador also made his presence known in the city by using the hype around the weekend to promote his upcoming album Views from the Six.

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Drake at the All Star game wearing a jacket honoring Kobe Bryant. Via fuse.tv

Even though he didn’t perform, the weekend was still The Drake Show. And who could blame him? This was the first time in history that the All Star game was held in Toronto, and the city did not disappoint! Drake was involved in all the festivities. He coached the Celebrity All Star game Friday night against Kevin Hart, he got plenty of shout outs and had his music featured before dunks on Saturday night, and he greeted each All Star as they were introduced on Sunday before the game. He even received the key to the city from Toronto Mayor John Tory.

Tickets for the All Star Game started at around $1,500 when they were first released and All Star Saturday Night started at $630. If you were lucky enough to attend either of these events, you witnessed history in the making.

The Three-Point Contest featured incredible talent and Klay Thompson took the trophy from his teammate and reigning champ/MVP Steph Curry with a near perfect performance.

The always highly anticipated dunk contest started with relatively underwhelming performances. The crowd wasn’t really into it until reigning champ Zach LaVine went to defend his title. There were really only two players competing in this contest and Aaron Gordon gave Zach LaVine a run for his money as the two battled it out in an unprecedented three sudden death championship rounds. The judges kept awarding perfect scores and the crowd was loving every second of it.

 

This weekend is unique to other All Star games because many want to be there or watch it on TV. The NFL Pro Bowl showcases whoever decides to show up and no one really cares what happens. Tom Brady rejected a free trip to Hawaii because he just didn’t want to go. The Pro Bowl comes and goes, and despite the popularity of the NFL, the event never seems to capture much interest.

At NBA All Star weekend however, all players were present and even those who weren’t invited to participate still came out to be part of the show and experience the excitement firsthand. Not to mention this was in Toronto where the weather was about -24 degrees F with windchill. According to NBA.com, the events drew around 7.6 million viewers from around the world as well as plenty of high profile celebrities.

The NBA does what other leagues fail to achieve when it comes to All Star games. It’s not just an exhibition game, it’s a whole weekend-long event. They make the host city the hottest place to be, not only for basketball reasons, but for charity events, celebrity appearances, and exclusive parties.

This year’s game was extra special because Kobe Bryant got a tribute from players who came before and after him in an emotional video highlighting his career. His 18th and final All Star appearance was a fun and memorable night with nothing but respect toward the veteran guard. I can easily say this was one of the best All Star weekends I have ever seen and the bar has been set even higher for future years.

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The All Star game itself of course featured zero defense, ridiculously high scoring, and plenty of showboating. The final score was 196 West, 173 East and they broke the record for most points scored in a game. Russell Westbrook took the MVP trophy for a second consecutive year and Kobe received a roaring ovation as he exited the game.

Next year, All Star weekend is set to be in Charlotte, NC and we can probably expect an appearance from Cam Newton and his teammates sitting courtside.

Kyrie and Kristaps 

Kyrie Irving has not played a game since Game 1 of the NBA Finals last June when he suffered a fractured left kneecap. He is set to make his season debut today when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Philadelphia 76ers. However, the team has still been performing well and LeBron James has had no problem carrying the Cavaliers to the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Earlier Saturday, Kyrie tweeted “I’m back” which showed that he is ready to make his return. In an interview on Saturday he said, “I’m pretty F’ing excited. There were a few things I had to clear, but there was no rush on it.. I’ve been ready to play, but biomechanically we just wanted to make sure everything was good so I wouldn’t put myself at risk.”

Since Kyrie’s injury, the average ticket prices for Cleveland Cavaliers games dropped about 35% from $191 in the beginning of June, to $124 in December according to SeatGeek. Hopefully his return will increase the value of Cavaliers tickets again.

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On the flip side  however, the performance of Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis has increased the value of Knicks tickets. Who is he you may ask? Kristaps is a 20 year-old rookie who played for Cajasol Sevilla before entering the NBA Draft and being selected as the fourth overall pick. He is originally from Latvia and his parents were also basketball players. He stands at 7’3″ and weighs 240 pounds.

I actually found that my Knicks tickets were going for higher prices than my Cavaliers tickets were. Since the end of last season, Knicks tickets have increased by about 15% and Porzingis is just getting stathumb.jpgrted. The Knicks are certainly doing better than they were last season, and fans have some hope that he could be the help the team has been looking for.

Porzingis is not only affecting ticket prices, his jersey is flying off the racks! On NBAStore.com, Fanatics.com, and Modells.com, Porzingis’ Men’s away jersey is no longer available online in sizes other than 2X and up. It’s not yet clear when more jerseys will be available (I’m hoping soon), but this just shows that he is clearly a fan favorite.

Coincidentally, Kyrie and Kristaps will be facing each other on December 23rd when the Knicks take on the Cavaliers in Cleveland. This game should be a fun one to watch and it will be the last game the Knicks have until after Christmas, which is the first time in years that they haven’t had a game on Christmas Day. The Cavaliers however, will be playing on Christmas Day as mentioned in my last post when they take on the Warriors in an NBA Finals rematch.

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The Gift of the Game

Christmas is a special time for family, food, giving, and BASKETBALL! That’s right it’s that time of year again which means last minute mall runs and express online orders. Oh and let’s not forget a full day of NBA basketball featuring the best teams in the league. Personally I prefer watching basketball all day than putting on a sweater and going to random Christmas parties, but that’s just me.

Christmas Day Games

If you happen to be fortunate enough to hold season tickets for one of the five teams hosting games on Christmas Day, this is a great opportunity for you to make some quick cash. (Thunder, Warriors, Rockets, Lakers, and Heat.)

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Just to give you a current figure, tickets for the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day are starting at $307 according to StubHub.com. In addition, the Lakers vs Clippers tickets are starting at $219.

But wait, there’s more!

Even if you don’t have tickets to these games, you can still take advantage of the holidays. The holidays are a retail goldmine and the best time to shell out those December and January tickets. I just put out most of my late December and January tickets, and in the last two days I’ve already sold tickets to four different games! That’s the fastest I’ve ever sold that many tickets and I expect that number to increase in the next week.

People are looking for perfect gifts, and what better than the gift of the game? It’s perfect for that special NBA fan who’s difficult to shop for. So if you have season tickets, get those December and January tickets out now because there is a demand for them. (Especially if you have Lakers tickets.) They will more likely sell now at higher prices than if you wait until closer to game day. I know I was able to get rid of tickets that I ordinarily would have had to undersell, but since I put them all out before Christmas, I was able to make a larger profit.

In case you were wondering, here is the full schedule for the Christmas Day games with channels. It should be a great day of match-ups, including the battle of the Texas teams, shared home court at the Staples Center and Kobe’s last Christmas Day game, and best of all, an NBA Finals rematch between the Cavaliers and the Warriors. This will be the first time these two teams have met since the Finals last June, and LeBron James and Steph Curry are sure to put on a show. With Steph Curry and the Warriors being the center of attention with a record breaking 24-0 start, it will be interesting to see how LeBron and the Cavs respond. That’s a game you definitely won’t want to miss!

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