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.
Restrictions on crowd sizes at live events put in place by Canadian authorities have forced the Toronto Raptors to halt all ticket sales for the time being. The team made the announcement late last week, with immediate impact, as the team had a game the following day against the... Read more
Some Toronto sports fans are upset this week, having seen their tickets to upcoming games cancelled by team officials, only to later see them listed for sale by the team – at vastly inflated prices. The situation has arisen for many teams north of the border, where provincial officials... Read more
Ticketmaster and the National Basketball Association have announced that their deal making the ticket marketplace their official partner has been renewed for multiple seasons. The deal, first struck in 2012 and renewed in 2018, was set to expire soon but will now extend into the future, though the specific... Read more
Canada’s two most populous provinces announced they were reducing capacity on indoor events to 50 percent beginning Saturday, December 18. Ontario officials announced the changes Wednesday and Quebec Thursday, which impact all venues with a capacity for more than 1,000. The decision, taken as COVID concerns rise amid a... Read more
TicketSmarter and the New Orleans Pelicans have announced an agreement that will make the growing ticket resale marketplace an official partner of the NBA franchise. The deal will include making TIcketSmarter an official resale marketplace for the team, which plays its home games in the Smoothie King Center. “We... Read more
With the announcement of longtime Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski before the upcoming college basketball season, the already hot market for tickets to games at Cameron Indoor Stadium got turned up a few degrees. Recently, a fundraising event saw one fan pay $1 million for a set of... Read more
Monumental Sports and Entertainment (MSE) announced the extension of their long-term ticketing deal with Ticketmaster this week, covering many high-profile entities in and around Washington D.C. As MSE’s official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster will faciliatate ticketing for all of the organization’s venues, as well as its sports franchises, whcih include... Read more
The Toronto Raptors are all set to deliver epic gameplay this season and fans are quite excited. A huge crowd of fans are lining up to get their hands on Toronto Raptors tickets. After all, the team is very popular in the history of the NBA, and everybody wants... Read more
The Philadelphia 76ers announced the signing of a new exclusive ticketing agreement with Ticketmaster, including the NBA franchise and its NBA G-League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. The agreement will include a full integration allowing consumers to purchase and resell tickets through the Ticketmaster system, Sixers.com and the team’s... Read more
A limited number of fans attending the upcoming California Classic summer league basketball series will serve as guinea pigs for a “Smart Ticket NFT Experience Pass” put together by the Sacramento Kings in partnership with LAVA and Flow. The “lucky fans” will be limited to 100 of the fans... Read more