By The Numbers: The Economics Of The 2015 NBA All-Star Game


The value of an NBA All-Star Weekend is often measured in entertainment value and bragging rights, but there’s more to it than the spectacle we see on television (or, if you’re very lucky, sitting courtside). All-Star Weekend has one of the largest economic footprints of any North American sporting event. Host cities stand to earn millions of dollars in revenue from the resulting spike in tourism, as do any of the numerous supporting industries that are needed to pull off the competition. To give you a sense of just how much money is expected to change hands at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, we scoured available figures to compile a list including ticket prices, local economic impact and even the prize money players will vie for.

Ticket prices 

$5,374, the most expensive 2015 All-Star Game ticket recently sold on TiqIQ
$3,303.91, the average price of a 2015 All-Star Game ticket on the secondary market, according to TiqIQ
$1,648, the average All-Star ticket price over the past four years
$1,317, the cheapest seat at the 2015 All-Star Game, according to Forbes
$993, the average ticket price for a seat at last year’s Slam Dunk Contest and Skills Challenge, according to
$893, the cheapest seat for the 2015 All-Star Game, according to TiqIQ
3.23, how many times more expensive this year’s average NBA All-Star Game ticket price is compared to 2014’s

The profits

$106.1 million, the overall local economic impact of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, according to the University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center
$89.6 million, the economic boost originally projected
$100 million, the estimated revenue generated by a city hosting the NBA All-Star Game, according to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
$4.9 million, the taxes the State of Louisiana pulled in from spending related to the 2014 NBA All-Star Game

The show

$4.9 billion, the cost of building Pacific Park, which houses the Barclays Center
$1 billion, the cost of opening the Barclays Center alone, according to Reuters
$800 million, how much the Madison Square Garden’s three-year renovation cost, according to USA Today Sports
50,000, the number of visitors that the 2014 All-Star Game drew to New Orleans, according to a report by the New Orleans NBA All-Star Host Committee
7.5 million, number of viewers who watched last year’s NBA All-Star Game on TNT
5.7 million, number of viewers who watched last year’s All-Star Saturday Night Coverage on TNT
18,200, Madison Square Garden’s seat capacity
18,103, the Barclays Center’s seat capacity

Prize money breakdown

NBA All-Star Game
$350,000, how much money goes to the charity selected by All-Star Saturday Night’s winning team
$150,000, how much goes to the runner-ups’ charity
$50,000 goes to each player on the NBA All-Star Game’s winning team
$25,000, how much is presented to each loser at the NBA All-Star Game

Slam Dunk Contest*
$100,000 to first place
$50,000 to second place
$20,000 to third place

Three-Point Shootout*
$50,000 to first place
$35,000 to second place
$25,000 to third place

Skills Challenge*
$50,000 to first place
$35,000 to second place
$15,000 to third place

Shooting Stars Competition*
$60,000 to winning team
$45,000 to second place team
$24,000 to third place team

Rising Star Challenge*
$15,000 goes to each winner at the Rookie-Sophomore Game
$5,000 goes to each loser

*according to the 10-year NBA CBA ratified in 2011
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