You could have Charlotte Bobcats season tickets for $43
Yes, you read that correctly. If the Charlotte Bobcats win the top overall pick in this year’s draft, the Bobcats will be selling upper-level season tickets for $1 a game.
From The Charlotte Observer…
Charlotte Bobcats season tickets this year could be as cheap as $43. Yes, for the whole season.
The team started advertising a promotion Wednesday where the price for an upper-deck seat will equal the draft pick the team wins in the lottery later this month. Should the NBA-worst Bobcats get the top pick, the season ticket would be $1 per game, or $43 for the season.
It’s meant to drum up interest in the potentially lucrative draft position and ease the traditional May ticket sales lull.
The Bobcats are guaranteed one of the top four picks after their dismal season, with a 25 percent chance of winning the right to draft consensus No. 1 Anthony Davis. Even if the team falls to No. 4, the seats are $4 per game, or $172 for the season.
About 500 seats are eligible for the “Pay the Pick” promotion, which runs through the draft lottery on May 30. Each person can buy up to four seats, and ticketholders will not have the same benefits that regular season ticket purchasers receive. You won’t be able to trade in your tickets, and you won’t get an invite to the off-the-court events.
According to the team’s website, the cheapest traditional season ticket package runs $344.
The NBA’s second-worst team this season, the Washington Wizards, are advertising season ticket plans that start at $399.
The Bobcats struggled to put fans in seats during the lockout-shortened year. The team ranked 25th out of 30 teams in official attendance, according to data compiled by ESPN, with an average of 14,757.
Still, the team said in February that attendance was up 12 percent from the year before, and ticket revenue ahead 13 percent.
The Minnesota Timberwolves ran an identical promotion for several years, beginning with the 2008-09 season. They never ended getting the top pick.
I don’t care if the Bobcats give away season tickets for free, I do not want Anthony Davis to end up in Charlotte.
I do wish UK would run a similar deal though, maybe with our final recruiting ranking determining each home games price for season ticket packages. That would be awesome.