NBA News: Los Angeles Lakers Preseason Ticket Prices Surge After LeBron James Signing – Forbes

The 2018-19 NBA season is inching closer every day and it’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting campaigns in quite some time. The Golden State Warriors recently capped off their second straight championship by sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, an outcome that ultimately shifted the league’s landscape in a major way. LeBron James, on the wrong end of an embarrassing championship showing for the third time in four years, elected to take his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, giving the organization a massive boost to their title chances, as well as their already-pricey ticket sales.

According to TicketCity, the world’s largest privately held ticketing company, fans are clamoring to witness King James in person. While regular season tickets aren’t yet on sale, preseason tickets up for grabs on the site are moving quickly and for exorbitant prices in comparison to years past. People cannot wait to see LeBron in the purple and gold uniform and their first real chance to do so will be when the club has a true home opener on October 2nd at the Staples Center. It should be a thrilling experience, but the dates that nearly everyone in California seems to have circled on the calendar are October 10th and October 12th, which mark the days on which the Lakers and Warriors are scheduled to go head-to-head.

Mick Akers tweeted that demand for the Vegas preseason contest went through the roof after James’ decision:

After @KingJames to @Lakers news broke, ticket demand for team’s Vegas preseason game vs. @warriors at @TMobileArena surged https://t.co/drvmNuAHLU pic.twitter.com/TquR2eRfZh

— Mick Akers (@mickakers) July 5, 2018

TicketCity noted that a whopping 56% of all preseason ticket sales are for these two matchups. It’s interesting, as the October 10th contest will take place at

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