President Barack Obama, an avid basketball player and sports fan, said in an interview televised this week that he would like to see professional sports leagues consider more ways to lower the price of tickets.
The President did not elaborate on the ways leagues could lower prices, but he said officials need to consider how average fans can afford to pay for tickets. The interview centered on the National Basketball Association and the President’s basketball background, and it was conducted by long-time basketball commentator Marv Albert for TNT and NBA.com. See the video below.
“The Commissioner [David Stern] needs to figure out how to price tickets so that ordinary people can go to the games,” President Obama said. “I mean, I think that ticket prices have gotten so high, and I understand that if salaries are high ticket prices are going to be high, but you hate to think that the only person who can go to a game is someone with a corporate account.”
“And, that’s something I’d love all professional sports, that’s not just the NBA but all professional sports, to be thinking about a little more,” he added.