Imagine being able to buy NBA season tickets that won't cost you an arm and a leg. It could happen, but of course, like just about everything else in life, it comes with a catch.
Charlotte Bobcats fans, if there are any left after a pathetic seven-win season, will have a chance to buy an upper-deck seat at a price that matches the draft pick the franchise gets in the lottery. In other words, if the Bobcats get the No. 1 overall pick, fans in the Queen City would get the full 2012-13 tickets for $43.00 (41 regular-season games and two exhibitions). That's less than the average Joe's cell phone bill.
Charlotte has a 25 percent chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick, which would most likely mean Kentucky's unibrow-loving Anthony Davis coming to town. The Charlotte Observer points out, even with the worse case No. 4 pick (lowest Bobcats can get), fans would pay $4 a game, for a total of $172 next season.
Close to 500 tickets are available in this "Pay the Pick" marketing gimmick, which ends when the draft lottery starts in on May 30. Those that sign up for the plan, wont get the same "perks" that other fans who paid full price to watch Bismack Biyombo will receive.
Anyone that thinks having to sit through a season Bobcats basketball is entertaining, even at $1 per game, either works for the team or enjoys daydreaming.
Talk about having to make the best of a bad bargain.
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