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06-20-2013, 04:10 PM
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For the sake of illustration, here's how the NHL and NBA break down in terms of "winning" their shared and non-shared markets:

Shared markets

CityGross Att.Percent Att.Avg. ticket
BostonNBA - 18,624tie - 100%NBA - $72.96
ChicagoNBA - 21,876NHL - 110.4%NBA - $62.88
DallasNBA - 20,036NBA - 104.4%NBA - $51.80
DenverNBA - 17,819NBA - 93%NBA - $54.23
DetroitNHL - 20,066NHL - 100%NHL - $53.28
Los AngelesNBA - 19,226 (LAC)NBA - 100.9% (LAC)NBA - $100.25 (LAL)
MiamiNBA - 19,982NBA - 102%NBA - $72.50
New York (NYK/NYR)NBA - 19,033NHL - 100%NBA - $123.22
MinneapolisNHL - 18,794NHL - 104.7NHL - $62.63
PhiladelphiaNHL - 19,786NHL - 101.3%NHL - $71.59
PhoenixNBA - 15,436NBA - 83.8%NBA - $57.28
TorontoNHL - 19,426NHL - 103.2%NHL - $124.69
WashingtonNHL - 17,734NHL - 95.8%NHL - $73.75


It would appear the NBA has a slight edge in large markets, though it is pretty close. Boston and Chicago are both pretty close to a dead heat with an NBA edge in prices, the NBA wins New York by virtue of massive ticket prices, and they split the other cities 5/5 -- in part because Phoenix is slightly less bad for the NBA than for the NHL.

But the non-shared markets go decisively toward the NHL:

Ticket price:

TeamPrice
Winnipeg$97.84
Vancouver$87.38
Montreal$78.56
Edmonton$79.29
Pittsburgh$67.52
Calgary$66.35
NY Islanders$65.21
Nashville$60.44
San Antonio$58.45
Brooklyn$55.89
Florida$55.75
San Jose$51.47
Milwaukee$48.71
Portland$48.40
New Jersey$48.06
Columbus$47.95
Carolina$47.89
Oklahoma City$47.15
Cleveland$47.15


I've been interrupted and won't have time to finish the table, but in the <$47 range there are 15 NBA teams to only 6 NHL teams. Not only does the NHL have the massive advantage of Canadian support, but outside of Canada the NHL is still pulling higher prices in non-contested markets. Even the Coyotes have higher prices than 9 NBA markets. You can confirm from the attendance charts that the NHL wins that area as well, largely on the basis of Canadian support.

Sources:

http://espn.go.com/nhl/attendance
http://espn.go.com/nba/attendance
http://www.fancostexperience.com/pag...020_pdf001.pdf
http://www.businessinsider.com/avera...the-day-2013-2

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