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Wizards have NBA's 2nd-lowest opening night prices

There are a lot of reasons that people aren't selling off home appliances in order to buy tickets to this year's Wizards home opener. I'll try to list a few.

1) It's the night of mid-term elections, and we live in a city where that's kind of important.

2) Aside from that, it's also a Tuesday night.

3) The game features the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers, who combined to finish 58 games under .500 in 2009.

4) The Wizards' most famous player is injured and might not play.

5) The game comes several days after the prized No. 1 draft pick has already made his NBA debut on national television.

So you'd expect that demand might be modest for this game. And secondary prices would seem to confirm that expectation. According to NBC Miami, Stubhub's average price for Washington-Philly tickets ($59) are the second-lowest for any home opener in the league this season, behind only Houston at Golden State ($54). The Wizards' first game, Thursday night at Orland, was the third-lowest, at $66. The priciest games -- Miami at Boston ($385 avg.) and Orlando at Miami ($348 avg.) were about six times higher than the Wiz number.

By Dan Steinberg  | October 29, 2010; 2:24 PM ET
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Here's the order of importance on that list, in my opinion...

3) The game features the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers, who combined to finish 58 games under .500 in 2009.

5) The game comes several days after the prized No. 1 draft pick has already made his NBA debut on national television.

4) The Wizards' most famous player is injured and might not play.

1) It's the night of mid-term elections, and we live in a city where that's kind of important.

2) Aside from that, it's also a Tuesday night.

If the Wizards had a good team, that's fun to watch - mid-term election Tuesday would be all but meaningless. Do you think if the Caps played on Tuesday night that the place would be half empty? No, because people enjoy watching them play.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 29, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

John Wall isn't hurt.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | October 29, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Here's the order of importance on that list, in my opinion...

1) The Wizards stink.

2 The Wizards stink.

3) The Wizards stink.

4) It's the night of mid-term elections, and the Wizards stink.

Posted by: bal503 | October 29, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, after watching them last night, prices are in line with effort and level of talent shown, by the home team. That was a big letdown.

Posted by: Hattrik | October 29, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

@Hattrik: if the ticket prices were $5, THAT would be more in line with the levels of talent and effort we saw last night.

Posted by: Matte | October 29, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

umm ill be there

Posted by: mrhney03 | October 29, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

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