Charles Barkley, the former round-mound-of-rebound, and current TNT basketball analyst told Bloomberg radio that the NBA owners ought to freeze ticket prices so that people will still be able to afford going to the games. (Obilgatory Knicks joke: In the case of the Knicks, the NBA ought to consider paying the fans to attend.)
In an interview with Bloomberg Radio’s ‘On the Ball’ program, Barkley said the NBA will be “hit pretty hard” because of the sport’s 82-game season and high ticket prices. Major League Baseball has lower average ticket prices for its 162-game season, he said, while the National Football League has strong ticket demand because of a 16-game schedule.
“You have to be realistic. Clearly we’re in a tough economic situation,” Barkley said in the interview that will air this weekend. “If the owners had any smarts they’d say, ‘We’re not going to raise season tickets and we’re going to put a freeze on tickets for this year and probably next year because this thing is going to take more than a couple months to fix.”’
But don’t hold your breath hoops heads, because NBA commish David Stern says it’s not happening:
NBA Commissioner David Stern said last week during a media conference call that he’s optimistic about the upcoming season and the strength of the league. Stern said he expects the league to be “about flat” in attendance for the 2008-09 season and be “up a bit” in gate receipt revenue.
Stern also pointed out that NBA teams, seeking to make the game more accessible and affordable for fans, offer about 1,000 upper-level seats to every game for $10 or less. Barkley, an NBA analyst for Turner Sports’ TNT network, said league owners should consider doing more to keep fans happy.
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