Seeing Kobe's Final Game Will Cost You Dearlyby
Cheapest listing jumps to $552 from $103, according to TiqIQ
The 17-time NBA All-Star announces his plans through poetry
Kobe Bryant’s retirement announcement sent basketball fans and ticket brokers racing to the secondary market as demand surged for seats to see his final game in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform.
The cheapest resale listings for the last-place Lakers’ April 13 home game against the Utah Jazz quintupled Sunday night in the hours after the 17-time All-Star and five-time National Basketball Association champion announced he would retire at the end of the season. The least expensive listing is now $552, up from the lowest price prior to his announcement ($103), according to aggregator TiqIQ.
The average asking price for the game is $1,388, a 190 percent jump from the $478 average on Sunday afternoon, TiqIQ said. The most expensive ticket is a courtside seat listed for more than $11,700.
Bryant, 37, announced the decision in a poem on the media website Players’ Tribune, in which he is an investor. In a 20-year career, spent entirely in Los Angeles, Bryant twice led the NBA in scoring and was twice named Finals MVP. He’s the Lakers’ all-time leading scorer, and ranks third on the NBA’s all-time list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.