New Orleans, fans positioned well among NBA basketball cities

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It is a widely believed and commonly stated position that New Orleans is not a basketball city, that football rules the day, the city and the region, along with the state of Louisiana.

While that is most certainly true about football, perhaps the theory on basketball is not totally accurate.

A story by financial writer Adam McCann of paints a positive picture for basketball in New Orleans and for its fans.

New Orleans was ranked a very respectable 16th among the best cities for basketball fans in the United States. Boston, Los Angeles and Oakland, largely for the presence of the Warriors the past several years, ranked first through third.

The top 16 cities were all NBA cities and New Orleans was ranked ahead of the likes of Orlando, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis, Denver, Charlotte, Phoenix.

The college cities making the top 30 included Durham (NC), Lawrence (KN) and East Lansing (MI).

New Orleans has the lowest average ticket price for an NBA game, $30.20, which is 3.2 times less expensive than in New York, the city with the highest at $97.77.

The pending addition of Zion Williamson to the Pelicans has already resulted in a dramatic boost in season ticket sales for the 2019-20 season. The future of Anthony Davis, either in New Orleans (unlikely) or elsewhere with significant assets heading this way has accelerated interest in the Pelicans as well.

The determination, commitment and efforts of Gayle Benson and Dennis Lauscha appear to be moving in a positive direction, reaping benefits for the sport and its future in the Crescent City.

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Ken Trahan

Ken Trahan


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…

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