Who runs New York?
It appears the Knicks still own the city despite the emergence of the star-studded Brooklyn Nets as a title contender.
The Knicks remain to be the biggest draw as their tickets sold like hotcakes on Wednesday. Knicks’ Game 1 tickets sold out in less than an hour. Fans who want to watch the Knicks’ Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday can find the cheapest tickets at Seat Geek, a secondary market, for as low as $217 and as high as $5,969 for first row seats.
Meanwhile, the Nets are struggling to sell tickets, with still a handful available at face value on Ticket Master.
Nets fans can still buy tickets for as low as $129 to as high as $529 for a lower bowl ticket at Ticket Master.
The Nets have already employed the help of one of their Big 3, James Harden, to draw fans to watch their home games in their first-round matchup against the Boston Celtics. Harden has offered a 50 percent discount on limited seats.
The Beard is ð˜¤ð˜°ð˜®ð˜ªð˜¯ð˜¨ ð˜µð˜©ð˜³ð˜°ð˜¶ð˜¨ð˜©. @JHarden13 will cover the cost of half your ticket for Games 1 and 2 when you use code HARDEN.
Vaccinated sections only (while supplies last).https://t.co/TtbNJ38hif pic.twitter.com/zqzLYeNXoz
â€” Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) May 20, 2021
The Knicks fans quickly trolled the Nets with their sarcastic humor on Twitter.
The Nets need their players to pay for half of the ticket prices in order to attract fans? SAD!
(Celtics in 7) https://t.co/FK8bXxzBHN
â€” Greg Poehler (@GregPoehler) May 20, 2021
Store closing sale? Thatâ€™s wild #NewYorkForever ðŸ¤£ Coupon codes and all https://t.co/5SkiJE0zIj
â€” MAJORITYLEADEROFKNICKS&YANKEES (@THISMOSCATOLIFE) May 20, 2021
LOL. The Nets are a legit title contender and they’re begging fans to buy playoff tickets. The Knicks have almost no shot at a title, but sold out in minutes.
The Nets are so fucking irrelevant LOL https://t.co/kfeMmxCOhF
â€” FrankInGeneral (@frankingeneral) May 20, 2021
Having trouble selling tickets? ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ https://t.co/FPSYHoAgR8
â€” x KnicksNation (@KnicksNation) May 20, 2021
Nets have 3 superstars and Frank Ntilikina is selling more tickets than them. https://t.co/pt176xjTih pic.twitter.com/GIG4mSnsvh
â€” AhmedðŸ‡¸ðŸ‡´/J Cole dropped a good album (@big_business_) May 20, 2021
Only like 3,000 spectators allowed and KD, Kyrie & Harden canâ€™t fill the seats? Crazy#Knickstape https://t.co/JpTsjZGKut
â€” By Any Means Necessary (@SonOfShabazz) May 20, 2021
knicks tickets sold out in 20 minutes meanwhile the nets are having their superstar pay for half of every ticket https://t.co/LmGwLWjqM2 pic.twitter.com/1ey6q69LzK
â€” buckets (@buckets) May 20, 2021
Superteam with Harden, KD and Kyrie and begging people to buy tickets Iâ€™m crying https://t.co/Y3otQlATWZ
â€” Aaron (@GotEmCoach__) May 20, 2021
NYC will always be a Knicks town https://t.co/Lyxu1tJHyu
â€” Rocco (@rangerfan014) May 20, 2021
The Nets: â€œWeâ€™re taking over New York.â€
Also The Nets: â€œPlease buy a playoff ticket. James Harden will pay half.â€
â€” Dean Jones (@DeanJones_) May 20, 2021
Nets need to subsidize ticket prices to get their fans to show up. Prerecorded â€œBrooklynâ€ chants werenâ€™t enough. https://t.co/zuzs4SjXqe pic.twitter.com/OlYcNkF4ai
â€” x – Mike (@mikestheworst) May 20, 2021
THE NETS HAVE 3 SUPERSTARS AND ARE BEGGING YOU TO BUY TICKETS LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOO ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ https://t.co/bnhRKQC3RX
â€” FredoðŸ—½ (@goknickstape) May 20, 2021
This is one step away from just giving away free tickets in the street.
Please get this team out of brooklyn and to a city deserving on nba basketball. https://t.co/1OYaEdd6xw pic.twitter.com/w8tKYHopaN
â€” X-Ed (@Equint77) May 20, 2021
This is EMBARRASING LMFAO https://t.co/U6n6ygHZeN
â€” ðŸ‡²ðŸ‡½ (@cris_cortes1) May 20, 2021
Sorry canâ€™t relate ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ðŸ¤£ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ðŸ§¡ðŸ’™ Iâ€™m dying to find tickets… apparently knicks sold out same day ðŸ¤·ðŸ¼â€â™€ï¸ https://t.co/NIvXM8zEFc
â€” Su York (@SuYork_1023) May 20, 2021
LMAOOOOO aint no body nets fan except bandwagoners and bron haters https://t.co/JwYAj0ZWpB
â€” Le5-6 (@deepyy_) May 20, 2021
ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ damn ya struggling to get people to buy tickets while the uncool knicks are sold out. https://t.co/t5hQoNzYaQ
â€” CDLPapi (@datruckdriver87) May 20, 2021
Limited capacity and still canâ€™t fill the seats ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚ https://t.co/p80oAwuGlr
â€” $WÃ…Ð˜KY (@SWANKYNYC) May 20, 2021
The Nets have swept the Knicks this season though the last two games came down to the last possession. Unfortunately, they are on the opposite side of the Eastern Conference Playoffs bracket. Meaning, the only time they could face each other in the playoffs is at the conference finals.
A Knicks-Nets conference finals in the East could rival a Los Angeles Lakers-Clippers matchup in the West.
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