The game of basketball was created in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith in the small town of Springfield, Massachusetts. What started as a game with peach baskets nailed to gymnasium walls has turned into an internationally played sport with a countless number of professional leagues. Basketball, along with baseball and football, dominate the sports news headlines everyday. It also has made its fair share of news in the ticketing world.
The National Basketball Association is the most prominent basketball league in the world, and draws millions of fans to its arenas each year. But for the ticketing industry, primetime begins when the NBA Playoffs kick off in late April. As the attention paid each game increases, so do ticket sales.
That same thing can be said for college basketball as well. Widely known as “March Madness”, the NCAA Tournament has become of the biggest events in all of sports. The format of win or go home ramps up the intensity in every team, and is reflected in their fans. Each year the event gets bigger and more extravagant, making it one of the crucial events in the ticketing industry.
Due to the logistical problems presented by the shifting status of various regions and COVID status, the NCAA has decided to hold its NCAA men’s basketball tournament in one location for 2021. March Madness, which generates enormous revenue from both TV deals and ticket sales for the NCAA, was... Read more
SeatGeek will be the new ticketing provider for Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and its tenants including the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, announcing the partnership Thursday. The deal will include SeatGeek’s deployment of its ticketing technology at both the Cleveland venue and nearby Canton Civic Center. Beyond the Cavaliers, the deal includes... Read more
NBA management has reportedly come to an agreement with its players to start the 2020-21 season just before the holidays. After a pandemic-delayed 2019-20 season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers taking home the title in September, the league will be back in action on December 22, with plans... Read more
The Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut is reportedly preparing to host a number of early-season college basketball tournaments in a “bubble” format. More than 30 teams are in the plans for the various events, which include both men’s and women’s programs. It is yet to be determined whether or... Read more
Ticketmaster will continue on as the official ticketing vendor for teams and venues owned by Kroenke Sports Enterprises, announced Thursday. The Live Nation-owned company took over ticketing Kroeneke properties a year ago on behalf of former CEO Nathan Hubbard’s company Rival, which it later bought outright after the Department... Read more
An order from the Ohio Department of Health banning spectators from all “contact sports” indefinitely was issued over the weekend. This means that, until Gov. Mike DeWine or his health czar change that order, there will be no fans at Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Ohio State Buckeyes, or any... Read more
The NBA isn’t going anywhere as it returns on July 30, 2020. With 9 Eastern Conference teams and 13 Western Conference groups joining, all of them will play in eight regular seasons before reaching the play-ins. The opening day will be a game between the Utah Jazz versus the... Read more
Mayor Jim Kenney announced that the City of Philadelphia is prohibiting any large public events for more than six months in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, installing a cap of 50 people on any event held on public property. The halt, which is through February... Read more
The heads of six major sports leagues came together for a remote discussion on their potential return to the playing field – offering both optimism and frustration about their current situations. ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” special aired Monday night with commissioners of the NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, MLS... Read more
The NBA has mapped out its return to action this summer with 22 teams gearing up to head to Orlando for postseason play. However, several players across the league are becoming increasingly hesitant to return to the game while national protests against police brutality and racial inequality consume much... Read more