The discussion which player is better, Kobe or LeBron is one that can never end. While there are similarities between the two, one of them is a shooting guard, while the other is a small forward. Therefore, their style of play is different. But one thing they have in common is their popularity. Kobe is one of the most popular athletes in the NBA, and LeBron got there the past few seasons as well. LeBron proclaimed himself the King, even before he stepped a foot on an NBA court, and signed a multiyear deal with Nike. There are two aspects to consider when considering who is more valuable moneywise, and those are ticket prices for away games, and attendance for both home and away games. The Lakers are a mess this year, but people still want to see Kobe Bryant.
The attendance battle
One of the aspects to compare is who brings more fans to the arena. According to ESPN statistics, the Cavaliers are second on the list for average attendance at home games. They fit 20,562 visitors to their games, or on average 100% of the capacity of the arena. In the 2013-2014 season, the one before LeBron joined, the Cavs ranked 16th in home game attendance, with an average capacity of 84.3%. Cleveland is also the only team in the top 10 in attendance, to have a higher percentage on the road than home. The Cavs percentage for away games is 100.9. The Lakers are 10th on the attendance list, with an average of 18,940 visitors in the arena, or 99.4%. Their away games fill 93.3% of the capacity.
Versus Golden State Warriors Kobe avg $165 | Lebron avg $240
The Warriors are the hottest team in the NBA and is traditionally one with high prices for tickets. The starting price for tickets when Lakers are in town for this year is $97, with $165 being the average price. The Golden State Warriors routed the Lakers in both duels they already played this season. When LeBron comes to town, the starting price is $151, a lot more than what it was last year, when the price was $62 per ticket for the lowest price. The average price of tickets for the game at Oracle Arena is $240.
Versus Chicago Bulls Kobe avg $132 | Lebron $189
The duel between Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose will cost $154 for the lowest priced ticket, and $189 on average. This is one duel where LeBron might not be the central figure, but he is responsible for the higher price of the ticket. Even on Christmas day, when the Lakers visit the Bulls, the price is significantly lower, starting at $94, and going up to $132 on average.
Versus Dallas Mavericks Kobe avg $88 | Lebron $72
Dallas is probably one city where the price for watching Kobe Bryant in living is higher than the one for LeBron James. Tickets start at $52 when the Cavs are in town, and the average price is $72. While the difference is not big, the tickets for Kobe are more expensive, and understandably so, since Lakers are rivals with the Mavericks. The duel between the two teams will cost $61 at the lowest, and $88 for an average ticket price.
Versus Toronto Raptors Kobe avg $102 | Lebron avg $172
Fans will have to pay at least $94 if they want to see LeBron James in person, and the average price is $172. For Kobe, the player that dropped 81 points on the Raptors, fans need to pay $73 for the lowest priced tickets, with average price being $102.
Versus New York Knicks Kobe avg $204 | Lebron avg $245
Even though New York is one of the worst teams in the league, ticket prices are high. Both James and Kobe have had some masterful performances at the Garden. Bryant holds the record for most points scored in the Garden. In 2009, he scored 61 points in a Lakers victory. This year, the tickets for the Lakers start at $110 and cost $204 on average. James is third on the list for average points in the Garden, right behind Kobe. When his Cavs come into town, fans will pay at least $132 to see his duel with Carmelo Anthony and $245 on average.
Versus Memphis Grizzlies Kobe avg $74 | Lebron $161
Memphis has some of the lowest priced tickets in the league, which provides fans in the town to see their team and opposing stars in person for a low price. For example, the tickets for the duel with the Lakers, scheduled for March 6 start at $18, with the average price being $74. The starting price for the duel with the Cavs is higher and set at $54, but the average price is lower and is $61.
Versus Los Angeles Clippers
The Purple and Gold come out strong in support of Kobe and the Lakers. The Clippers vs Lakers game is on January 7th and has a $75 get in price while the Clippers vs Cavaliers January 16th is 33.3% higher to get in the door at $100.00 per ticket. To sit in the section 209 row 9 for the Lakers will cost you $135 while the same ticket for the Cavs game is 22% higher at $165 a ticket and finally if you wanted to sit in section 111 row 3 (Center Court) for the Lakers game would run you $600 per ticket and for the Cavaliers expect to pay 62% more at $975 per ticket. Don’t foget that the Clippers and Lakers do play each other 3 more times at the Staples Center than the Clippers play the Cavs.
BY: Chris M.