Putting a team on the court sans LeBron James may be posing a financial problem to the Cleveland Cavaliers a week into the season.
TMZ took a screenshot of available tickets on Flash Seats when the Cavs hosted the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday. Prices started at $2 for seats in section 201 with similar prices around the second level. According to the site, the prices were from an hour and a half before tip-off.
The Nets won, 102-86, for their second win of the year. The Cavs remain winless at 0-4.
The next team to come into Quicken Loans is the Indiana Pacers (3-2) and while tickets aren’t listed at $2 (yet) they’re still pretty darn cheap as of Thursday afternoon.
Flash Seats offers two ways to buy tickets. The first is to “buy now,” just as you would on any other ticket site, or place a bid. For Saturday’s game the buy now price clocked in at $7. The site assesses a 23 percent fee to the buyer, so one ticket would cost $8.61.
But wait, there’s more.
For a $7 seat in section 233, you’ll get a seat as well as a loaded $5 value to use on concessions or in the team shop. Really, it’s $2.61 to get in the doors.
Prices on StubHub weren’t much higher. The cheapest seats were in the upper corner sections 220 and 219 at $7.68 each. With a $2.50 “fulfillment” fee and a service fee around $1.50, you’re paying nearly as much to get the ticket as you would be to get in. Not bad.
VividSeats came in the cheapest at $5.
The lowest priced Cavs tickets on Flash Seats don’t take a dramatic rise until Nov. 21.
Ah yes, that’s when LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers return to town. The cheapest ticket is $110 while the highest asking price is $20,000.
They also go up for the Golden State Warriors game Dec. 5, with tickets at $40.99, but seem to hover around $10-$20 for the first part of the year.
Meanwhile in L.A., tickets start at $75 on StubHub for Thursday’s Los Angeles Lakers game against the Denver Nuggets.
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