As one of the NBA's most consistently competitive and marquee franchises, the Los Angeles Lakers can depend on a consistently high level of fan support. Playing in a very large metropolitan area, they have a large number of fans accustomed to a certain level of success and support. As such, the Lakers are used to selling out games as a matter of course.
However, with the franchise at the beginning of what figures to be a down year and several key players, including icon Kobe Bryant, out with injury, things are a little different this season at Staples Center. In fact, after nearly seven years, they're longstanding sellout streak ended after 320 games. From Ben Bolch for the Los Angeles Times (via The Point Forward):
The Lakers' home sellout streak ended at 270 games Tuesday night when the team drew 18,426, just short of the capacity of 18,997, during a 116-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center. The Lakers had sold out 320 straight games including the playoffs.
The last non-sellout for the Lakers at Staples Center came Dec. 6, 2006, against New Orleans/Oklahoma City, when they drew 18,535. [...]
According to a Forbes.com report, the average price for the Clippers' two home games against the Lakers this season is $40 more than the price when the Lakers play host to the Clippers.
Lakers tickets on the secondary market are still going for $70 more on average than Clippers tickets, according to Forbes, though that is down significantly from three years ago, when the gap between the teams was $150 per ticket on average.
Bolch also notes that the Lakers have the third-highest secondary-market ticket price in the NBA, so it's not as if their popularity has sunk entirely. On the other hand, those figures could be dependent on prior prices after only two weeks of the 2013-14 season. Perhaps the market has not found its level just yet.
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