The handful of remaining Bobcats fans in the world currently have their fingers crossed that the team earns the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft lottery. Charlotte has not won a playoff game in its eight-year existence, but a player like Kentucky’s Anthony Davis could give fans hope for the future. It could also make season tickets overwhelmingly affordable.
By overwhelmingly affordable, we mean dirt cheap. According to the Charlotte Observer, the Bobcats recently announced that they will be offering extreme discounts on about 500 upper-deck season tickets this season, with prices that could be as low as $43 per seat — for the entire season. The program, which is called “Pay the Pick,” will make the price of a ticket equal to the position the Bobcats earn in the draft lottery later this month. Charlotte has a 25 percent chance of earning the No. 1 overall pick, and if they do the specially-priced seats will cost $1 per game. They are guaranteed the No. 4 pick or higher, meaning the 500 seats will be priced no higher than $4 per game or $172 for the season.
And I thought student season tickets were cheap when I attended UConn. The Bobcats ranked 25th out of 30 teams in average attendance last season, so selling tickets has obviously been a major issue. When you consistently put a poor product on the court, that will happen. Apparently the Bobcats are not the first team to run this promotion. The Timberwolves did it for several years starting with the 2008-2009 season, but they never earned the top overall pick. Hopefully for the fans of Charlotte, this promotion isn’t accompanied by some sort of curse.
H/T Sports Illustrated’s FanNation
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