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.
For the first time in its 81-year history, the NCAA Division I basketball tournament will not be held. The NCAA made the unprecedented call to cancel all March Madness games over growing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Today, NCAA president Mark Emmert and the board of governors canceled... Read more
Following suit of the NBA, the NHL and MLB have paused operations indefinitely due to the rapid spread of coronavirus globally. According to MLB insider and ESPN writer Jeff Passan, the MLB spring-training games have been cancelled and the regular season will be delayed by at least two weeks.... Read more
A widespread number of Division I athletic conferences have cancelled their basketball tournaments amid the coronavirus pandemic. The AAC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and more pulled the plug on their scheduled competitions in the wake of growing health concerns and other major sporting event cancellations. Certain... Read more
Phoenix Suns ticket prices are on the rise as the team preps for major renovations to Talking Stick Resort Arena. The team’s long-time home will undergo a $230 million renovation that will provide a number of upgrades, including cushioned seating, concourse concession additions, new videoboards and more. Most of... Read more
The 2019-20 NBA season is suspended until further notice after a Utah Jazz player – reportedly center Rudy Gobert – tested positive for the coronavirus. News of the player’s condition broke Wednesday night (March 12) shortly before the scheduled tip-off of a Jazz-Thunder game in Oklahoma City, resulting in... Read more
Amid growing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, the NCAA President has revealed a statement regarding limited attendance at upcoming March Madness events. President Mark Emmert released a statement Wednesday afternoon, noting that the NCAA “continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory... Read more
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact the U.S., major sports leagues are starting to adjust their operations in response to the outbreak. The Golden State Warriors will become the first NBA team to play home games in an empty arena. Due to a city-wide ban of public events... Read more
The Ivy League has pulled the plug on its men’s and women’s basketball conference tournaments in the wake of the coronavirus spread. Officials said the decision was made with guidance from medical professionals advising against large gatherings. Rather than go forth with the Ivy League conference tournaments at Boston’s... Read more
Ohio State University Buckeyes basketball fans could see a raise in ticket prices for the Big Ten competition, premier games, and season tickets in 2021 at St. John Arena. According to the OSU student newspaper, The Lantern, The Board of Trustees Audit, Compliance and Finance Committee met this Thursday... Read more
Boasting a dominant 26-2 record this season, the University of Dayton men’s basketball program is a lock for a post-season run at the 2020 NCAA tournament. The school’s athletic department has shared information regarding the ticketing process for locals hoping to catch the Flyers in action. The University of... Read more