Among the many crazy things that happened in 2016, one of the weirdest was the self-righteous and overwrought boycott of the state of North Carolina by progressives angry over a bill that required residents to use the public bathroom that correlated with their biological sex.
As part of the boycott, which was designed to economically punish the then-Republican-led state, the National Basketball Association announced that it was withdrawing its 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte and moving it to New Orleans, Louisiana, in a bid to help the struggling and largely Democrat city financially.
While North Carolina has no doubt felt the heat from the ridiculous boycott, the plan to help New Orleans by granting it the NBA All-Star game hasn’t quite worked out as planned, as Fox Business recently reported that ticket sales and prices have plunged to insanely low levels when compared with past All-Star weekend events.
A ticket resale aggregator called TicketIQ reported that, as of the Friday morning before the big weekend, the cheapest tickets available were priced at $184. That amounted to a 71 percent drop from 2016’s All-Star weekend in Toronto, Canada, where the cheapest available ticket the Friday before the game went for $644.
Tickets for the other events of the weekend, such as the slam dunk and three-point shooting contests, were also selling for much less than last year, going for as little as $157, compared to $362 in 2016.
Overall, ticket prices were roughly down by half, averaging about $1,007 per ticket while tickets for the 2016 event averaged more than $2,000.
Forbes noted that prior to this year, the cheapest any All-Star game tickets sold for two days before the big event was in Orlando in 2012, where seats could be grabbed for as little as $250. The cheapest tickets for 2015’s game in New York went for $686, while the 2013 game in Houston topped the charts at $962.
New Orleans last hosted the All-Star game in 2014, and this year would be the third time the city has hosted the event since 2008. It was expected that the draw of the big game would be an economic boon to the city, equaling or exceeding the extra $106 million in revenue gained in 2014, but that seems unlikely now.
While it is possible that ticket sales and prices are down because of a backlash against the NBA’s overt political interference in the affairs of a state, it is also possible that residents of New Orleans have grown tired of hosting the game so often, particularly given the small market share, poor performance, dwindling attendance and internal ownership issues that have plagued the New Orleans Pelicans for the past season or two.
Let this be a lesson to liberal-dominated organizations that think they can take misguided moral stands and direct economic activity in specific directions, as their plans don’t always work out as intended.
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