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The Golden State Warriors announced today that single game tickets for the team’s Western Conference Finals, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, May 14, with exclusive presale events before becoming available to the general public on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. The Warriors advanced to the Western Conference Finals after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, 110-96, earlier tonight at Chase Center (4-2 series victory). The Warriors will match up with the winner of the Western Conference Semifinal between the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks. The full Western Conference Finals series schedule with opponent, dates and times will be announced at a later date. This marks the sixth time in the last eight seasons that the Warriors have advanced to the Western Conference Finals.
NBA owners are raking in more cash than before the pandemic by charging higher ticket prices — despite lower TV ratings and increasingly empty seats at arenas, according to internal NBA data exclusively obtained by The Post. The average “gate” per team, or dollars from ticket sales, rose 10.2% compared to the last pre-pandemic season (2018-19) with fans now paying an average of $109 per ticket, according to data from this past season. That’s an 18% increase since 2018-19 and is roughly double the rate of inflation. However, the number of paid fans at arenas plummeted 7.1% to 13,603 per game, the exclusive data also shows. The Post calculated average ticket prices by dividing gate receipts by paid attendance.
The numbers are still worse for underperforming clubs, with some suffering declines of more than 30% in paid home attendance. The troubling trend could pose problems for the NBA as it begins negotiations for its next lucrative TV contract, with the current $2.66 billion annual deal with ABC/ESPN and Turner Sports set to expire at the end of the 2024-25 season. The league generates 70% of its revenue through media rights and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is seeking a new, nine-year deal that will pay $8 billion a year. National TV ratings were slightly lower this season than in 2018-19. “I’d be wondering if this is a canary in a coal mine,” a source who advises NBA teams said. “If I were Silver, I would be on the teams with the biggest attendance drops telling them it was unacceptable.” 
In an interview with The Post, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said it’s impossible to know which played the biggest role. “I don’t think you can draw any conclusions in a season impacted by COVID,” Cuban told The Post. “We had customers … not come because of mandates. It was a different season that can’t be compared to anything.”  The Mavs, who are tied 2-2 heading into tonight’s Game 5 of their best-of-seven series against Phoenix in the Western Conference semifinals, saw their average gate climb 20%, and the number of paid tickets sold rose 3%, according to the data. “Hopefully we will have a normal playoffs, and next year,” Cuban said. “Then we will have a better feel for demand and pricing elasticity.”
Tickets were the Sixers’ hottest in a decade, including the postseason, with the upper deck seating going for $200 while the lower concourse fetched as high as $4,000, according to TNT. Fans taped over their Simmons jerseys with the words “baby” and “coward” while 94.1 FM, the local sports radio station, had a hotline named after the Sixers’ former point guard. The “Benablers” were asked to call in ahead of Thursday’s game and confess their sins of having supported the top pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. The station replayed the call of Simmons infamously passing up a wide-open dunk in the Sixers’ Game 7 loss to Atlanta in the 2021 Eastern Conference semifinals, which all but ended his tenure in Philadelphia.
For West, though, the final straw came when the Lakers repealed the lifetime season tickets he said the late Dr. Buss had promised him so many years ago. Without any warning or explanation, his wife, Karen, received a text message from the Lakers last season informing her that the family’s seats for their games would no longer be granted. “It was a cold phone text to my wife,” West recalled. “No one had the nerve to call me, but that’s how petty they are, OK? And I love the Lakers, OK? I love to see them do well. It’s great for basketball. I’m proud of everything that happened when I was there. I’m proud of everything that happened when I wasn’t there — the positives.