NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup Final, A Comparison

SeatGeekAnalyst IJune 18, 2010

The Los Angeles Lakers were victorious over the Boston Celtics last night by a score of 83-79, ending the Celtics season and giving the Lakers their 16th Finals Championship. Throughout these NBA Finals, we have been giving youย game recaps, along with the listing prices for tickets on the secondary market for each game. Now that itโ€™s all said and done, we wanted to take a look back at the transaction prices for tickets for each game, and compare the data to that of the NHL Stanley Cup Final.

Both of these series featured two marquee match ups; the Stanley Cup Final was between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks. The NBA Finals was even more of a dream match up; the Celtics and the Lakers are two of the winningest and most storied franchises in all of sports. Yet surprisingly, especially given the greater popularity of the NBA over the NHL, ticket transaction averages were greater for the NHL Finals than they were for the NBA Finals. The average transaction price for tickets for the Stanley Cup Final was $718, compared to $699 for the NBA Finals ($633 if you exclude Game Seven).

In the NBA Finals, tickets for Lakers home games went for much more than tickets for Celtics home games. The average transaction prices for tickets in the Staples Center in LA were $817, versus $541 for games in the TD Garden in Boston.

During the Stanley Cup Final, the average transaction price for tickets was greater for Blackhawks home games than for Flyers home games. In Chicago, the average was $810, whereas the average in Philadelphia was $626.

NBA Finals vs. NHL Finals Ticket Prices

Television ratings to gauge each sports' popularity aside, it is interesting to see that fans were willing to pay more for NHL Finals tickets than NBA Finals tickets. I would have expected to see the opposite, considering that basketball is generally considered a more popular sport in the U.S. than hockey.

Nonetheless, hockey season and basketball season have finally come to a close. Actually, with LeBron Mania erupting and causing the world to stop when free agency begins on July 1, basketball season is far from over. Be sure to check back with us atย SeatGeek ย for our take on the LeBron saga, as well as for more sports news and ticketing data.

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