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Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Posted on: October 28, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:12 pm
 
The Miami Heat have reportedly not yet sold out their home opener against the Orlando Magic.
Posted by Ben Golliver
While the Miami Heat didn't have any problem drawing television viewers for their season opener in Boston against the Celtics -- 7.4 million people reportedly tuned in -- the same cannot be said for gate attendance in both Philadelphia Wednesday night and Miami on Friday night. Henry Abbott reported Wednesday night that he was able to walk into Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia and purchase tickets while the 76ers vs. Heat game was underway.  Abbott wrote that he had plenty of tickets to choose from.  And Brian Windhorst reports on Twitter Thursday that Miami Heat sources have indicated that "several hundred tickets [are] left for their home opener" against the Orlando Magic on Friday night.  While it's one thing to not sell tickets on the road in Philadelphia, a town that has endured a lot of bad basketball in recent years, it's quite another to not receive a King's welcome for the team's regular-season home opener, against a major division and conference rival and played at a marquee time (Friday night).  While the game will no doubt sell out by tip off tomorrow night, Thursday's report raises two questions. First, what does this say about NBA ticket prices if millions watch at home but 10,000s aren't piling in to see history first-hand? Second, if the online and television interest nationally is so much greater than the local interest, have we seriously underestimated the number of people who are tuning in solely to see James, Wade, Bosh and company fail?
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Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:24 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

NBA is a business.  If I own Miami, I'm charging what folks will pay and handle the demand.  So even if I have $500 seats open; if I'm getting $100 more per seat in the house; I'm not losing much am I?

As for Miami vs Cavs, I'm guessing Miami may hold a few more fans than Cavs arena.  Plus, Miami has other attractions for folks to venture into to.  So Miami isn't competeing with a small market like the Cavs; they are competeing with Miami and that has been difficult for all sport franchises.  In fact, for baseball, I swear there are more non-fans in attendance.  Crazy; but true.

Lebron and his decision were just fine. Cavs need to get over it.  He made a decision and he made it public.  And he explained his decision to everyone.  He doesn't owe anymore than that.

Time to get over it and just watch the entertainment NBA is providing whichever way you can...either through the tube (as I do most times), at the game (which I do once in a blue moon), or another other way.  Or just don't watch at all.  But please, stop the complaining.  NBA is trying to clean that up.  LOL



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:16 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Good! Maybe the NBA will get a clue. People are sick of these selfish players. How about that LeBron commercial, "Should I do what you want me to do?". 

No you shouldn't Mr. James, but at the same time you shouldn't have shit on your hometown team. If you knew you wanted to leave than you could have at least been honest with them about it. 

 



Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:06 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

What's really disgusting is that they're milking the public. It's not enough that we have $200 sneakers and jerseys. Cable bill through the roof so we can watch millionaires do what we do in the park for fun. Now you want to charge me more because it's a "better" team. I know they do it in football....it sucks. The Heat have always had a whole bunch of empty yellow seats since the 80's. Imagine if you took your two kids to the game, that's $540 to walk through the door, this is insane



Since: Nov 9, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2010 12:49 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Stan Van Gundy a better coach than Pat Riley? Really? Congrats! You just won todays mental midget award.



Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 12:41 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

I can't stand Pricne James and seeing the Heat lose on opening night will be in my Top 10 Favorite things to happen this year, so I'm glad they are not sold out.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2010 12:39 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

AES - Your post is funny and accurate, but I'm a little confused about this statement:

The Jags are renting Mayflower trucks as we speak.

Jacksonville has a horrible time selling out, but what does that have to do with South Florida?  Jax is almost 6 hours from Miami.




Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

check does ticket prices, no wonder they can't sell out they sky rockected.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 12:31 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Would u pay 180 dollars to sit in the top row of the arena, or just watch it on tv? I'm a huge heat fan, but those ticket prices for the crappiest tickets in the arena are insanely inflated. Just checked ticketmaster again, 177.50 dollars for 400 level tickets in the corner. 



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 12:12 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Hilarious. Wade was chirping to other teams about selling out their buildings and the Heat can't even sell out their own. I love it. Get used to that. The Heat played to half-empty houses at home the year after they won the title. The Marlins have won two World Series in the last 13 years, are competitive most years and no one cares. The Jags are renting Mayflower trucks as we speak. But if the Heat make some noise in the playoffs, everyone in Miami will be die-hard again. Pitiful.



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 11:47 am
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Same is true for many other teams around the league. The Heat is coordinating ticket plans for billionaires and leaving the needy outside in the cold. The Heat is NOT a family. They fire people right and left. Micky Arison does not care about anyone but himself and his money.


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