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Knicks bump courtside disabled seat prices 900 percent. Classy.

Dec 20, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

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Christmas Day the Knicks will take the floor at the renovated Madison Square Garden — and fans are going to pay a premium to see them thanks to finally having a decent team on the court and the upgraded facilities.

But this is ridiculous. From the New York Post (via IamaGM.com).

(Quadriplegic former Brooklyn high school basketball player) Alanzo George learned from a pal who had been treating him to floor tickets that courtside spots set aside for people in wheelchairs at Madison Square Garden soared from around $300 last year to $2,850 this year….

Garden spokesman Barry Watkins said the $300 spots were eliminated as part of the arena’s ongoing $850 million renovation. He said the new floor spots for the disabled are closer to the action than the old ones.

The average ticket price at Knicks games jumped 50 percent, but that increased price comes with the chance to catch an errant pass from point guard Toney Douglas.

Hey, it’s supply and demand and we are cutthroat capitalist society. I get that. But this does seem pretty harsh.

  1. danielcp0303 - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    These are the owners that so many people were drooling over

    • b7p19 - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      Right? Glad the billionaires will finally be able to become multi-billionaires. And really, if the handi-capable are the only ones that suffer…who cares right?

    • somekat - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:07 PM

      Who are you even talking about? The owners got nothing but cash in the labor agreement. The same horrible broken system is still in place

      Once again, amazing how people only see greed on the side the want to see it on

      • b7p19 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:14 PM

        The point of this is that they raised their courtside disabled seats from $300.00 to $2,850.00. Is that cool with you? Because I think it sucks for Alanzo George. And nobody really said the owners won did they? I sure as hell didn’t. And that danielcp0303 cat (kat) is only pointing out the type of people all the blindly pro-management types we backing.

      • david8726 - Dec 20, 2011 at 11:57 PM

        The “horrible broken system” is still in place because the owners opted to go for a cash grab from the players rather than trying to get big system changes.

        In that labor dispute, the owners were going to be able to get more money for themselves, or make huge changes to the system, but not both. The players would have never agreed to both. So the owners took the cash.

        And by the way, if the system is so horribly broken, then why did the NBA have it’s best ratings in years last year?

      • khuxford - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:57 AM

        Wait…so all the owners got from the deal was more money…which means the players got less…but we’re selectively seeing greed if we point it out here on ticket pricing, where players have no input? Really? Just for curiosity’s sake: does Dolan hang to the left or right and is it straight or does it have a bend to it?

  2. goforthanddie - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Did the Knicks offer a discount all those years they fielded disabled teams?

    • thenoblefacehumper - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:19 AM

      The tickets were much cheaper back then, yes.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 21, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      127 up, 1 down.
      I guess Isiah reads this page.

  3. dirtydavis - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Glad I’m not disable.. yet

  4. mgscott - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Don’t worry, NY will be one and done in the playoffs

    • thenoblefacehumper - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:19 AM

      Keep tellin’ yourself that ;)

  5. drobstad - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    No doubt this is a ridiculously steep price increase but… Do you think that Mets tickets cost as much this season as they did the year Citi Field opened? Supply & Demand. If you are selling a limited quantity of a product would you not try to get the most $ you can possibly get for that product?
    There is insane hype in NY surrounding the Knicks this year. PBT power rankings have them ranked 6 overall. That is a big difference from 6th worst in the league like a few years ago.
    That Toney Douglas comment was unnecessary.

    • jolink653 - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      you couldn’t even give citi field tickets away now since no one will go

  6. michiganhockey11 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Just another reason why I can’t stand the NBA…..

    $300 per game to just under $3k? That’s a G.D. disgrace.

  7. dohpey28 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    It is because the luxury boxes are now courtside. There are no more ‘courtside seats’. They are all tied into luxury boxes are under the stands, no longer up top above the 1st 2 levels.

    • b7p19 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      Yet the knicks explaination was only: “the new floor spots for the disabled are closer to the action than the old ones”

      • michiganhockey11 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:18 PM

        Precisely. A disgrace. Textbook definition of Shenanigans.

  8. bj1980 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Is this even legal? I’m not sure, but doesn’t the ADA have something to say about jacking prices on handicapped accessible seating?

    You shouldn’t be allowed to “offer” handicap seats but then price them over and above what everyone else is paying; such a move could be interpreted as franchise/arena management trying to limit attendance by disabled ticketbuyers (so bad for television and such a pain in the ass for the ushers to deal with).
    -BJ

  9. stoutfiles - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    300 per game was crazy anyway. Now he won’t go and realize going to NBA games is a big waste of money.

  10. michiganhockey11 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Stanley Cup Finals tickets (face value) in the first 5 rows don’t go anywhere near $3k…

    • blueintown - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:39 PM

      ..because very few people like hockey.

  11. firemarshal1 - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    This should not be a shock. Look at our House of Representatives, the poor and elderly are tossed aside. But if you’re rich, all is good. You’ll get another tax break on the backs of the Middle/Poor class. Tax break for the rich = Knicks court-side handicap seats. Priceless.

  12. firemarshal1 - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Go Knicks!

  13. thenoblefacehumper - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:18 AM

    This looks really bad, but totally unfair until you compare it to other teams prices for the same seats. Then again, this is PBT’s coverage of the Knicks so I doubt anyone took it seriously.

  14. mondzy805 - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Classy move Dolan. Just another reason to Hate the Knicks. I can’t wait till the Nets go to Brooklyn and take their Fan base, just like my Clippers are stealing LA from those old Lakers.

  15. glink123 - Dec 21, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    James Dolan is human garbage. If he was on fire, I wouldn’t p i s s on him to put him out.

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