Ranking the Ultimate NBA Fan Experiences

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Ranking the Ultimate NBA Fan Experiences
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In a world of NBA League Pass, 3D and HD televisions, comfy couches and high-speed internet that lets you check on your fantasy team almost before LeBron James has thrown down his latest dunk, NBA arenas have to step up their games if they're going to draw you through their doors.

They have to be affordable. They can't overcharge you for food, beverages and merchandise. The environment has to be exciting, and the arena sparking.

And, of course, the on-court product should probably be pretty stellar. 

Using those five categories, I've compiled a set of rankings that shows you exactly who is doing the best job of getting you into one of those fold-down seats so that you can listen to the PA announcers, watch the dancers, participate in the Kiss Cam festivities and, most importantly, look on and cheer as your favorite team goes to work. 

Basically, we're looking at which of the 30 organizations in the Association has the best fan experience. 

Over the next 11 slides, you'll see the process behind the rankings laid out in detailed fashion. I'll go over how each of the five categories was calculated, where the teams rank for every one and then how the overall fan experience score was determined. 

After that, we'll count down from No. 30 to No. 1. 

Here's hoping your hometown team doesn't let you down. 

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