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New York Knicks continue to dominate NBA ticket sales

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The New York Knicks have been mired in mediocrity (or just sheer awfulness) for more than a decade now, never finishing higher than 6th in the Eastern Conference. This season, however, the Knicks have been the surprise team of the NBA, running out to the best record in the conference and second best in the entire league, trailing only the Oklahoma City Thunder. And while Knicks tickets are always popular, when the team is good, that popularity grows to another level.

So far for the 2012-13 season, orders of New York Knicks tickets have accounted for nearly 30% of all NBA orders on TicketNetwork.com, nearly double that of the Boston Celtics, the next closest team. In fact, that is nearly the same percentage of orders as the 25 lowest-selling teams combined.

Percentage of NBA orders on TicketNetwork.com

Knicks games have also always been an attraction for tourists visiting New York City, and orders for tickets have come in from 28 different countries including Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands. Most international customers came from France, which has actually had more orders than U.S. so far this season.

While the Knicks popularity is evident, they are not the only team that are dominating sales on our site. The top 5 teams in terms of orders (Knicks, Celtics, Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers) account for more than two-thirds of all NBA sales.

The newest addition to the group of top selling teams is the Nets, who moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn this past off-season and immediately began to establish one of the most popular brands in the NBA. They now play at the brand-new Barclays Center, which has already hosted two hard-fought games between the Nets and their New York rivals. However, while the Nets may be able to catch the Knicks on the court, it will still be awhile before they catch them in ticket sales.

2012 NBA Season Tip-Off: Top-Selling NBA Home Openers

You may not have noticed, but the NBA season is just a few weeks away from getting started. It feels like yesterday that I had to cringe watching LeBron James lift up the Larry O'Brien Trophy after leading the Miami Heat to the NBA title. Luckily for me (a Celtics fan) and basketball fans everywhere, the start of a new season means a fresh start for your team and another shot at the championship.

The preseason has just started getting underway this past week, but what people are truly waiting for is the beginning of the regular season and to find out when their favorite team plays in its home opener. There are a lot of great openers scheduled, so I decided to take a look at the Top 5 selling home openers on TicketNetwork.com:

#1 - New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat
November 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY

No surprise here. The biggest basketball market hosting the NBA's defending world champions. It doesn't get much bigger than that. Last year, the Heat visited Madison Square Garden three times including the playoffs, winning two of those games.

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There was a lot of big news this week, including here at TicketNetwork.com. Check out some of the highlights of what people are talking about this week:

One Million Tickets Sold!

As you may or may not have heard, this week we have been celebrating an important milestone here at TicketNetwork.com: one millions tickets sold through our marketplace! It's been a long road to the big number and we wanted to say thank you to all our customers by giving everyone a chance to win a $100 gift card to TicketNetwork.com. Click on the image at left to go to the contest page to enter. Good luck!

First Day of Summer

Yesterday, June 21, marked the first day of summer. Here in the northeast (we are located in CT), mother nature let us know it was summer, giving us triple digit temperatures. Even with the high temperatures, the beginning of summer marks the beginning of the fun season, with swimming, vacations, barbecues and a whole lot of stuff to do outdoors.

LeBron gets his first title... (sigh)

Let's clear the air right off the bat: I'm a bitter Celtics fan. I hate LeBron James. Can't stand him. But, the world is abuzz after LeBron and his Miami Heat captured the 2012 NBA Championship, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. Ok, that's enough positives about LeBron. After the game he said, "I didn't shortcut anything." Newsflash to LeBron: you shortcutted everything! You left your hometown team to go play with two other superstars! Could someone please ask LeBron what exactly he thinks a shortcut is?

I feel better now.

Is there anything else that happened this week you want to tell us? Let us know in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

The Miami Heat are now officially one game away from capturing the 2012 NBA title thanks to a 104-98 victory last night over the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Game 5 once again being played in Miami, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade have a chance to close out the series in front of their home fans. Not surprisingly, the average ticket prices listed for the game have gone up.

2012 NBA Finals Ticket Prices on TicketNetwork.com

Game City Date Avg. Price
(6/15)
Avg. Price
(Today)
 
5 Miami June 21 $1,289 $1,373
6* OKC June 24 $2,423 $2,261
7* OKC June 26 $2,145 $2,149
* If Necessary

Ticket prices have gone up by $84 since just two days ago and could continue to rise in the time leading up to Thursday night's game. On the flip side, prices for a potential Game 6 to be played in Oklahoma City have dropped by $162 over that same span.

On the court, the Heat have looked to be the better team. LeBron James has proved to be the best player in the world over and over again, but Miami has also been aided by contributions from role players like Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers. The Thunder have finally started to show their youth in the series, struggling to find a rhythm as a unit. They will need to figure it out quickly if they hope to have a chance to send the series back to OKC.

Game 5 will take place Thursday, June 21. If you would like tickets to Game 5 or any other game during the NBA Finals, click here to view the selection available at TicketNetwork.com.

Averages in table are based on the listed ticket price on TicketNetwork.com as of 9:30 a.m. EDT on 6/20/2012. Prices may fluctuate based on demand.

Just like last season, the Miami Heat have taken a two games to one lead in the NBA Finals after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 91-85 on Sunday night. Of course, last season the Heat went on to lose the next three games to Mavericks and lose the series overall. They hope they will have a very different outcome this year.

2012 NBA Finals Ticket Prices on TicketNetwork.com

Game City Date Avg. Price
(6/15)
Avg. Price
(Today)
 
4 Miami June 19 $1,047 $828
5 Miami June 21 $1,289 $811
6* OKC June 24 $2,594 $2,423
7* OKC June 26 $2,276 $2,145
* If Necessary

The Heat did not play their best game last night, shooting only 38 percent from the field, but they did do one thing well: shoot free throws. The team went to the line 35 times, making an unbelievable 31 of them. On the flip side, the Oklahoma City Thunder went to the free throw line just 24 times, making only 15. That's a 16-point difference, which was undeniably the difference in the game.

Although the series is just starting to heat up, the average ticket prices listed on TicketNetwork.com have started to drop. The most substantial difference is seen in Thursday night's Game 5 in Miami, where the average listed price for tickets has dropped more than 37% since last Friday. Tuesday's Game 4 also has had a large drop in price, decreasing by more than 20%.

Game 4 will take place Tuesday, June 19. If you would like tickets to Game 4 or any other game during the NBA Finals, click here to view the selection available at TicketNetwork.com.

Averages in table are based on the listed ticket price on TicketNetwork.com as of 10:30 a.m. EDT on 6/18/2012. Prices may fluctuate based on demand.

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