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Clearly, the Charlotte Bobcats. The NBA's worst team in 2011-2012, winners of just seven games, had a 25 percent chance -- the best odds of any team -- at landing franchise-changing Kentucky big man Anthony Davis in Wednesday night's Lottery.
Of course, the New Orleans Hornets prevailed, leaving the Bobcats with the No. 2 selection and the choice between the likes of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson and Andre Drummond. Given the justified hype surrounding Davis, the results qualified as a major letdown.
So how did the Bobcats respond to their fans' hopes being dashed after sufffering through one of the ugliest seasons in recent memory? By offering a "buy this season, get the next season free" ticket promotion on their official website.
Immediately after the Lottery, Bobcats.com began offering upper bowl season ticket packages at two seasons for the price of one.
The site announced: "Purchase seats for the 2012-13 season at regular price and get the 2013-14 season completely FREE !!!"
Prices for the package start at $537.50 for corner seats. That equates to roughly $6.55 per game over 82 regular season seasons during the two seasons. Upper level center court seat packages run $752.50, or $9.18 per game.
In 2011-2012, the Bobcats finished 7-59, posting the worst winning percentage (.106) in NBA history. Along the way, they averaged 14,757 fans per game at Time Warner Cable arena, among the lowest in the league. They played to 77.4 percent capacity, third-worst in the NBA, ahead of just the New Jersey Nets and Detroit Pistons. Of course, the reported attendance figures in the NBA are often much, much higher than the number of fans who actually show up to attend the game in person.
Hat tip: BusinessInsider.com