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How did all those Mavericks fans get into Game 6?

Jun 14, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

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Mavs owner Mark Cuban said it best after the game: “Our fans punked the s— out of Miami’s fans.”

It was obvious in the building with a fair amount of blue shirts sprinkled in among the white, especially close to the Dallas bench area. It became louder and more obvious as the game went on — even on the television broadcast — as the Mavericks fans became vocal and louder than the Heat fans.

But how did they even get in a sold out building? The Miami Herald has the answer.

Michael Lipman, whose company helps resell Heat seats, said Heat ticket holders sold 150 seats to Mavericks fans after the Mavs’ premium seat department inquired. Dallas fans paid as much as $3,000 for first- and second-row seats by the Mavericks’ bench in Game 6, as much as $2,000 a few rows back.

“In Dallas, not one person sold to Heat fans,” Lipman said. “They have longtime loyal fans there.” In Miami, with some of the best seats, “you didn’t necessarily have only Heat fans, but wealthy individuals who are basketball fans and wanted to be a part of this. Some of the fans here said, ‘If I sell this game, it will pay for my whole playoff invoice.’”

That’s not “Fan Up,” Miami. Oh, this is too easy. Fish in a barrel. Just insert your own jokes about Heat fans and their bandwagon nature here, you can do a dozen off the top of your head, too.

  1. tashkalucy - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Heat “fans” are not fans.

    Like their 3 mercenary stars, when push comes to shove they too disappear and comfort themselves in he lives they can lead with their money (see James press conference).

    How many remember early in the season when the Heat had to make TV-Radio commercials to encourage their fans to show up on time, cheer, and stay for the entire game? Charles Barkley is right yet again — these may well be the worst sports fans in all of America. I;m not sure there’s another city in any sport that would sell such a percentage of their playoff tickets. Real fans want to BE THERE in the playoffs.

    • tashkalucy - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

      The national media doesn’t get it…….

      America isn’t interested in hearing about the Heat and he 3 egos. But America is interested in watching them play and get beat by team that show up and play. Outside of South Florida — other than gangbangers and gullible young teenagers — o one can stand these 3 walking, talking morons….except for the national media that can’t get enough o them. And the joke is that even in Miami their own fans don’t really care about them one way of the other.

      The Miami Heat are everything that is wrong about professional sports. And the country in reacting to it correctly.

      • muhangis - Jun 14, 2011 at 6:09 PM

        “The Miami Heat are everything that is wrong about professional sports.”

        Perfect.

  2. professoressadiesel - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Miami fans showed up for Game 6 for the free white T-shirts.

    And the Marc Anthony national anthem…

  3. Nadeem - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Heat fans are like LeBron James. They are fake!

  4. savocabol1 - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Only team in the league that sells out every game yet looks like a ghost town while the game is going on. And Miami wonders why the country hates them. Sure there is the loyal fans that have always been there, but I have never seen such a bandwagon team before in my life. Miami does not deserve the big three.

  5. pete611 - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    I’m a MAVS fan who was impressed beyond belief with the support that OKC showed the Thunder even in the last minutes when defeat was inevitable.

    In a complete polar opposite, the response from Heat “fans” was a perfect example of what happens when you attempt to buy a championship, you end up renting fans.

    • muhangis - Jun 14, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      TRUE.

  6. kamuelakid - Jun 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    I’m not surprised. The Dolphins, The Marlins, The Panthers and The Hurricanes all struggle with lackluster support. Miami is an awful sports city. Everyone’s at the beach.

    • edweird0 - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:50 PM

      Can you really blame us? If you had weather and beaches as nice as ours you probably would too…

  7. dogsweat1 - Jun 14, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Heat fan = Knick and Celtic fans……

  8. bcirej - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    My opinion is that those fans who sold their seats for game six thought just like everyone else, that a win was automatic, they could cover the costs and still be there for the winning championship game seven. They saw it as a win-win situation. Probably bragging to all their friends and co-fans how they slickered those dumb Maverick fans from Texas.

    • edweird0 - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:53 PM

      Had I owned those seats you would have had to get them over my dead body… Having said that, $2000-$3000 is ALOT of money for one seat, considering these people probably had between 2-4 seats. I can understand how that would be tempting, anyone could use a couple grand in their pockets. But like i said, over my dead body….

    • goforthanddie - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:09 AM

      OR, they saw the writing on the wall, and didn’t want to be witnesses…

  9. sirorz - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    I’m sure some miami fans dont even like the way lebron and bosh came, on the stage, celebrating as if they have won already, and talking about multiple championships… Not 5, not 6, not 7…. Come on, be humble and get 1 first.

  10. georgeanderson2 - Jun 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Its Miami come on… Have you ever been to a Dolphins game, its like a home game for the visting team. Its not that the Miami teams don’t have loyal fans, its just tough to get someone off the beach or boat. Dolphins stadium and AAA are not in the safest parts of town.

  11. goforthanddie - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    What’s the big deal? leb quit early, the fans quit early. More fun for real teams and real fans.

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