Thunder to Limit 2014 Playoff Ticket Sales to Certain States

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2014

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Teams in the NBA battle through 82 games in the regular season in hopes of securing home-court advantage in the postseason—to benefit both the team and the fans.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have home-court advantage against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs. In order to make sure that the fans at Chesapeake Energy Arena are behind them, the Thunder are selling playoff tickets only to residents of certain states:

via @ChrisVernonShow

via @ChrisVernonShow via Larry Brown Sports

It looks like anyone who lives in Tennessee will have to find a different way to get tickets.

Larry Brown Sports did not find another NBA team that is using a similar strategy this year. However, this isn't the first time a professional sports team has done this. The Seattle Seahawks didn't sell tickets to California residents for the NFC Championship Game. It turned out pretty well for them.

[Chris Vernon]