Proof that the NHL is more popular than the NBA

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The Stanley Cup and the NBA Finals are both well under way, and why we know the top two teams in each sport, the question remains which sport is the more popular?

Of course there are the stereotypical audience shares, one ethnic group to one sport, another ethnic group to the other but at the end of the day it comes to a persons personal choices.

I'm fairly certain that if we were to pull up the television ratings from every game in each series and averaged them out, then the NBA Finals would probably trump the Stanley Cup.

But I'm more interested in which sport is more in demand, and to find that out ticket prices and attendances will be the focus of this thought.

Maybe its to do with the teams involved, the geographic location of those teams or the fact that every New York based sports team seems to have had a poor year and the Rangers are giving them a rare glimpse of light.

Whatever the reason, this years Stanley Cup between the LA Kings and New York Rangers is set to break all kinds of hockey records.

For starters, the average asking price of a ticket for the Stanley cup is $1,926, a massive 28% increase from the record set last year for the series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins.

New York is clearly the big selling point with tickets for games three, four and six at Madison Square Garden going for $2,354.

In the NBA however, the average price of tickets is $865 which is in fact an 11% decrease on last year when the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs also contested the finals.

With the Heat having reached their fourth consecutive NBA finals, an average ticket price of $927 makes it the third-most expensive series for Heat fans of the last few years.

But what if we go to the upper levels of the scale?

the seats where Selena Gomez will drag Justin Bieber to sit in and give the world one of the funniest memes for years.

Well the NBA out prices the NHL by almost double in that sense with tickets for the Finals ranging from $16,300 to $20,000.

The NHL's arenas aren't so used to seeing big names sat around the ice and perhaps for this reason, their tickets vary from $7,400 to $11,000.

Perhaps the NBA is the more popular sport in terms of TV ratings etc but if there is one thing these figures show, that is passion.

If we move upwards in the arenas, I mean right up to the nosebleed seats, what prices can fans expect to pay?

Well for the NBA Finals, the ticket prices for right up in the sky range from $300 to $474 which to be fair is still very expensive given how high up you will be.

But that is nothing compared to the Stanley Cup which has an average low price of $976 with all three games based in New York breaking the $1,000 mark.

In my opinion, the NBA will always be more popular in terms of a global audience, neutral fans attending games and in terms of attendances.

But when it comes to passion and commitment, its hard to see the NBA fans paying some of the ludicrous prices the NHL fans do which I think shows the NHL to be the more in demand sport.

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