Ticket prices rise after Kobe’s retirement announcement

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Farewell, Kobe.

5-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant announced his retirement at the end of the season. He only played for the Los Angeles Lakers in 20 NBA seasons, and had a passion for winning no one has ever seen since Michael Jordan. The time to watch Kobe one last time is now. If you want too, you will have to pay the price.

Home and away Los Angeles Lakers tickets skyrocketed immediately after the announcement. Accoring to ESPN’s Darren Rovell,

“Within 10 minutes of Kobe’s announcement, we had thousands of inquiries and sales,” said Harris Rosner, owner of Los Angeles-based VIP Tickets.”

Plenty of calls were about the Lakers next game. Tuesday night, the Lakers play the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. This is a matchup between the two worst teams in the NBA. They combine for two wins, and the 76ers are tied for an NBA worst 0-18 to start a season. No one wants to watch this game, but since Philadelphia is Bryant’s home town, the game is of interest.

Rovell noted the cheapest ticket for Lakers vs 76ers,

“tripled to $60 in minutes”

That is crazy, but the craziest ticket is in Cleveland. 

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On February 10, 2016, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, the two stars of the 21st century, play one last time. According to Mark Klang of Amazing Tickets in Cleveland,

“I had it priced as my second-highest game of the year after Golden State”

If you are a Lakers fan from Cleveland, you took too long to get your tickets.

But in the grand finale,

the cheapest ticket to — April 13 versus the Utah Jazz — went from $125 to $400.

Seeing Lakers games are now about seeing Kobe, not wins. Pay the price, we will never see another Kobe again.


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