When LeBron James announced that he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, many knew that the performance of his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers would be impacted on the court. The Wine & Gold begin the 2018/2019 campaign in terrible form, losing six straight and unable to earn their first win (0-6).
Not only does James effect the performance on the team on the court, but he carries massive weight off of it as well. On October 25th, TMZ Sports revealed some startling information about Cavs ticket prices.
Nope, that's not an error. Tickets on Flash Seats were going for $2 dollars for Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets. Cleveland dropped the game against Brooklyn, losing by the score of 102-86 and remain the lone Eastern Conference team without a win this season.
It seems a little premature that ticket prices have fallen this low so early on, we knew Cleveland wasn't going to be the same team without LeBron, but this is ridiculous.
Perhaps the owners of these tickets were fans gambling on the prospect that James would return to Cleveland this season and were incredibly disappointed when the superstar packed his bags and headed West.
They could be looking to recoup some of their losses. Some money is better than no money right? Cleveland can hold onto this fact, as of October 26th the Cavaliers have a higher average game attendance (19,432) than the Lakers (18,997).
With prices as low as they are in Cleveland, it seems like an economical night out when fans can get a game ticket for less than the price of a souvenir soda. For the franchise to remain sustainable, these prices must improve.
On Sunday morning the Cavaliers took steps towards improving by firing head coach Tyronn Lue and planning to promote Larry Drew to interim head coach.