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Lakers raise ticket prices again
By Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
June 6, 2007
The Lakers have increased ticket prices across the board for a second consecutive season, raising seats by an average of almost 5%.
Courtside seats were increased from $2,200 to $2,300 a game, a 4.5% change. Seats in six lower-level sections between the baskets — 101, 102, 110, 111, 112 and 119 — were raised from $220 to $230 a game, also a 4.5% increase.
The league average last season was about 3.5% for ticket-price increases.
Other tickets in the lower bowl at Staples Center will be $200, $140, $105, $80.
Tickets in the upper bowl are $27 or $38, not including 500 seats that are a league-mandated $10.
"Forty percent of our ticket inventory remains under $40, which makes Lakers basketball affordable," said Tim Harris, senior vice president of business operations and chief marketing officer for the Lakers.
The Lakers went 42-40 during the regular season and lost to the Phoenix Suns in five games in the first round of the playoffs.
Season-ticket holders renewed at a 97% rate last year.
Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis had a second interview with the Sacramento Kings for their head-coaching vacancy and is considered a front-runner along with former Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy, who on Tuesday was offered the Orlando Magic coaching job, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Rambis met in Las Vegas with team owners Gavin Maloof and Joe Maloof, and team president Geoff Petrie.
"It went well," Petrie told the Sacramento Bee. "[Rambis] was very prepared, very knowledgeable and very interested — both Stan and Kurt were.
"We're going to assess where we are here for a little bit and decide where we're going to go from here."
tell you what, if they trade kobe after they raised ticket prices and after they emailed season ticket holders that kobe isnt going anywhere, jerry buss would be better off staying in china instead of coming back for his sake.