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June 23, 2010 09:00 ET

The 'LeBron Effect' Sizable for the Team That Signs Him

When James Played in Cities Where He May Sign, Ticket Market Prices Spiked 50% to 300%

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - FanSnap®, the leading live event ticket search engine, today announced, that fan demand for tickets when LeBron James is playing can be nearly five times more than when King James is on the bench, among the findings of the "FanSnap 2010 NBA Tickets Report: The LeBron Effect."

Speculation among NBA fans has reached a fever pitch as free agent LeBron James decides whether to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers or continue his stellar career with a new team. In his seven NBA seasons, LeBron James -- the 25 year old all-world small forward for the Cavs -- has already been named NBA Rookie of the Year, a six-time NBA All-Star, and the NBA's Most Valuable Player of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.

A FanSnap analysis of 2010 NBA ticket data from the open market where tickets are bought and sold suggests more than a rooting interest is at stake. FanSnap is the most comprehensive ticket search engine in the U.S., displaying ticket data from every major ticket marketplace and every major ticket broker who sells direct online. Of the 60+ most trusted ticket sites online that FanSnap searches, 45 sites made a market in NBA tickets this past season.


Cleveland fans of course supported LeBron and the Cavaliers, who had the best regular season record in the NBA this past season, as ticket market prices for home games averaged $130, second only to the Lakers at $243, despite the fact that Cleveland is the 18th largest media market.

Examining market price averages is one useful way to examine the market trends and help quantify relative fan demand for events. It is important to note, however, that FanSnap regularly finds market prices for comparable tickets varying by 25%, 40%, 60% or more at any given time. Also, all market prices quoted include both the ticket price and the commission charged by the ticket site, so fans can compare tickets from several sites all at once, 'apples to apples.'


A comparison of the average ticket prices on the open market, one gauge of fan demand, for the teams most likely to sign LeBron shows that when LeBron played road games against those teams, market prices for those tickets leapt strongly vs. the two games prior and after that game, ranging from a 55% lift in Miami to a 311% bump in Chicago.

Team   Avg Home Ticket
Market Price vs.
LeBron James
  vs. Teams Just Prior/After
LeBron Comes to Town
  % Increase   $ Increase
Knicks   $192   $67   187%   $125
Nets   $104   $30   245%   $74
Clippers   $181   $89   104%   $92
Heat   $78   $51   55%   $28
Bulls   $411   $100   311%   $311


An alternative way to understand the 'LeBron effect' is to compare those same ticket market prices for LeBron's road games against those same opponents' vs. their respective season average ticket market prices. The same effect holds, as ticket market prices for those games vs. LeBron and the Cavaliers range from an 18% lift in Miami to a 226% bump in Chicago.

Team   Avg Home Ticket Market Price vs. LeBron James   2010 Season Avg. Market Price for Tickets   % Increase   $ Increase
Knicks   $192   $128   50%   $64
Nets   $104   $25   316%   $79
Clippers   $181   $56   223%   $125
Heat   $78   $66   18%   $12
Bulls   $411   $126   226%   $285


It's clear that when the Cavs travel, ticket demand in the away cities increases, but is there a difference in ticket demand if LeBron is in the lineup? In one late season example, LeBron and the Cavs played in Chicago twice. On 3/19/10, with LeBron in the Cavs lineup, ticket market prices averaged $411. The Cavs played the Bulls in Chicago again on 4/8/10 -- this time without LeBron. Ticket market prices for that game averaged $87. LeBron drove ticket market prices nearly 5x!

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