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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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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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Good luck and Happy Holidays from Courtside Broker!

NBA Ticket Brokering… for Profit!

Millions of tickets are bought and sold through online ticket marketplaces every day. It can seem impossible to compete in such a competitive industry, but I can assure you that there are ways to not only avoid underselling, but actually profiting from NBA ticket sales.

Common Mistakes

The most common mistake that sports ticket brokers make is pricing above the competition. This creates a problem because once it gets closer to game day, everyone else’s prices will significantly drop and you will be stuck either having to dramatically undersell or take a complete loss and be left with unsold tickets. People lose a lot of money making these silly mistakes that are so easily avoidable with just a little bit of research.

Know your competition

When trying to sell your tickets, you are not only competing with other ticket brokers, but also the box office. Unless you know for a fact that a game is sold out, people will always have the option to buy their tickets the day of a game at face value. This will require some research. Find out how much fans can get their tickets for from the direct source and adjust your prices accordingly.

Know your product

Not all NBA games have the same ticket price value. For example, the average ticket price for the 1-18 Philadelphia 76ers is $62, while the average price for the 20-0 reigning champion Golden State Warriors is $245. When big name players are traded, this also affects ticket prices for a team. A perfect example of that is LeBron James going back to Cleveland. In 2013 the Cavaliers sold tickets for an average of $76 after drafting #1 pick Kyrie Irving from Duke. In 2014, those prices slowly increased to $86 and after LeBron James and Kevin Love joined the team. In 2015 those prices shot up to an average of $230 per ticket after LeBron took his team to the Finals.

Know your customer

People usually don’t buy basketball tickets months in advance like they would for a concert or a Broadway show. This means that you need to be more aware of price fluctuations based on supply and demand. Season ticket holders will either post all of their tickets for the season for sale at once and just leave them there, or they will post them periodically as each game gets closer. Realize that if a game is two months away and you only see 700 tickets available, this does not mean that you can make your prices higher because more people will be selling as the date comes closer and more options will become available.

What do I do now?

Every investment is a gamble, but this can be a very rewarding one. Follow my blog and stay updated with news and tips on how to price your tickets to sell for the most profit.