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24/7 Wall Street: The Most Expensive Tickets in Sports

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1. Los Angeles Lakers

Avg. Ticket Price: $169.80
W-L Past 10 Years: 62.7% (3rd highest)
Championships Past 10 Years: 3
Avg. Home Attendance: 18,997

If you are buying away from the box office, entrance to the STAPLES Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers, is the priciest in basketball, at an average of roughly $170 per ticket. Still, Lakers fans are clearly willing and able to pay the fee for supporting their team. The Lakers drew an average of 18,997 fans in 2011-2012 — eighth most in the NBA. That figure becomes significantly more impressive in light of the STAPLES Center’s capacity of 18,997. Whether it is the nine playoff appearances and three championships in the past 10 years, or the glitz and glamor of the notable celebrities who frequent the arena, the Lakers’ pricey resales are a hot commodity. And so too, it appears, are the Lakers. The franchise’s estimated value leaped 40% from $643 million in 2011 to $900 million 2012. (AP Photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani)

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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