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  1. #176

    Thunder Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by PhiAlpha View Post
    I don't think they are that worried about selling tickets next year. They've already sold the season tickets and understand that ticket sales may be lighter over the next few years for the greater good long term. Same thing happened between 2006-2009, they traded away the high salary assets to get under the cap and out of mediocrity, got 3 seasons worth of top 5 picks, and rebuilt the team. They knew the ticket sales have potential to take a dive for a few years during the rebuilding phase and have been prepared to take the hit...it's just coming a year or two earlier than they planned.

    Being mediocre just to sell tickets doesn't make any sense anyway. They don't want to be the Knicks. Why would they want to be anything other than terrible for the next year or two and risk hurting our draft position?
    They may have already met their renewal goal for this season or close to it. We're a one major league market with 1.4 million metropolitan area, 400,000 excess of what's needed to support a top 4 major league tier sport.

    A surprisingly high percentage of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 14,000 season tickets are sold to Tulsa County residents. Approximately 1,000 of those tickets are purchased by Tulsans.
    IIRC, the season tickets capped out at 14,000: https://www.tulsaworld.com/sports/bi...68722181e.html

    Longest Active NBA Sellout Streaks
    *as of 11/11/18


    Team_____________________________________Start Date________Streak
    20,013 - Dallas Mavericks...........................02/15/01.................761
    19,640 - Miami Heat....................................04/23/10.................394
    18,203 - Oklahoma City Thunder...............02/22/11.................359 (382 ending 2019)
    19,596 - Golden State Warriors..................12/18/12.................310

    Notice: OKC is the only small market franchise among the 4 active sellout streaks.

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    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Trade might not happen until later in the year - December is when the FA’s who just signed can be traded so more assets hit the market then. We are on pins and needles but it could happen tonight or at year end (or not at all as has been stated).

  3. #178

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by Laramie View Post
    They may have already met their renewal goal for this season or close to it. We're a one major league market with 1.4 million metropolitan area, 400,000 excess of what's needed to support a top 4 major league tier sport.



    IIRC, the season tickets capped out at 14,000: https://www.tulsaworld.com/sports/bi...68722181e.html

    Longest Active NBA Sellout Streaks
    *as of 11/11/18


    Team_____________________________________Start Date________Streak
    20,013 - Dallas Mavericks...........................02/15/01.................761
    19,640 - Miami Heat....................................04/23/10.................394
    18,203 - Oklahoma City Thunder...............02/22/11.................359 (382 ending 2019)
    19,596 - Golden State Warriors..................12/18/12.................310

    Notice: OKC is the only small market franchise among the 4 active sellout streaks.
    It should be a buyers market in the resale mkt. next season.

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    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    There hasn’t been a great resale market for a number of the weaker games historically. But the bigger games have always garnered pretty strong demand and this year there will be more teams with players people want to see. Lakers and Clips are obvious, but NO will be a draw simply because of Zion. Warriors with Steph and Draymond is a show regardless of no KD and an injured Clay. Denver and Utah will be very good teams and Kings and Hawks have some local talent people want to see. No question that if Thunder is good, the demand is better - but if Thunder is mediocre the incoming teams will help bolster demand for quite a few of the games. And, if Russ is still on the team it is a still one of the best shows in the NBA night in and night out.

  5. #180

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Russell Westbrook had a torn ligament in his finger repaired and also had an "elective" procedure done on his right knee during this offseason--the same knee he had trouble with following the torn Meniscus.

    Old injuries sometimes resurface later on in life. Just how much an old injury affects Westbrook, we'll never know. My observation on Westbrook is he doesn't possess the bounce & spring he had 6 years ago--mileage may be taking a toll on the joints he needs intact to be effective.

  6. #181

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by okatty View Post
    There hasn’t been a great resale market for a number of the weaker games historically. But the bigger games have always garnered pretty strong demand and this year there will be more teams with players people want to see. Lakers and Clips are obvious, but NO will be a draw simply because of Zion. Warriors with Steph and Draymond is a show regardless of no KD and an injured Clay. Denver and Utah will be very good teams and Kings and Hawks have some local talent people want to see. No question that if Thunder is good, the demand is better - but if Thunder is mediocre the incoming teams will help bolster demand for quite a few of the games. And, if Russ is still on the team it is a still one of the best shows in the NBA night in and night out.
    very good points. and the 76ers, Celtics, Trailblazers, and Bucks—among others—will have a decent amount of star power. Definitely nice to see the talent distributed a bit more evenly amongst the teams, even if ours isn’t a beneficiary of the trend.

  7. #182

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    I'm a season ticket holder Loud City and I'm excited this year about going and seeing some of the teams mentioned above. Last few years it's been GSW and really nothing else. Excited this year for Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Nuggets, Sixers, Celtics, few others. That being said I have a list of teams I probably won't be going too especially if they are during the week. Suns, Grizzlies, Bulls, Cavs, Hornets, Wizards. Magic. That arena I'm afraid is going to seem empty for those teams. Cold January night or maybe OU game on if it's a Saturday it will be empty.

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    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Article from Miami Herald today...

    https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/s...231883203.html

  9. #184

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Aubrey McClendon's 22% stake in the team is up for sale.

    Honestly surprised it wasn't sold sooner.

  10. #185

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    It'll be fun to watch all the other good teams in the NBA, but it definitely is frustrating to cough up thousands for seats (including a bump in tickets) assuming we're going to be a contender. It was hard to give away tickets to mediocre teams last season, this year will be even worse.

  11. Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake View Post
    Aubrey McClendon's 22% stake in the team is up for sale.

    Honestly surprised it wasn't sold sooner.
    Damn, selling low.

  12. #187

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by sooner88 View Post
    It'll be fun to watch all the other good teams in the NBA, but it definitely is frustrating to cough up thousands for seats (including a bump in tickets) assuming we're going to be a contender. It was hard to give away tickets to mediocre teams last season, this year will be even worse.
    Yep you won't even be able to give away tickets to the teams I mentioned above this year.

  13. #188

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by PhiAlpha View Post
    Damn, selling low.
    How so?

  14. #189

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by Dob Hooligan View Post
    How so?
    Lets start a go me fund and buy that 22%

  15. #190

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by OKCRT View Post
    Lets start a go me fund and buy that 22%
    It would not surprise me if the other owners might want to up thier %

  16. #191

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Let's all pitch in a little money and have a sorta of Green Bay Packers situation where the team is "community owned."

  17. #192

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Westbrook to the Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks.

  18. #193

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowStrings View Post
    Westbrook to the Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks.
    Yep, ESPN reporting Russ to HOU for CP3 and first round draft picks in 2024 & 2026 plus pick swaps in 2021 & 2025.

    Matt Pinto’s head just exploded.

  19. #194

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Really dislike this move, really. What are we, the Houston Rockets farm team?

  20. #195

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Wow...it's 100% totally over.

    Russ was the last of the original Thunder players...how...I don't know...fitting(?)...that it happens for Chris Paul, who is the first star that ever graced the OKC stage.

  21. #196

    Thunder Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowStrings View Post
    Westbrook to the Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks.
    Welcome Back!





  22. #197

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    I just watched Isiah Thomas talk about how Chris Paul won’t want to play for the Thunder. Hope he’s wrong.
    CP3 might be a pain, but he is the president of the players union, IIRC. And he might be at a place in his career where he could be okay playing and mentoring

  23. Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by Dob Hooligan View Post
    I just watched Isiah Thomas talk about how Chris Paul won’t want to play for the Thunder. Hope he’s wrong.
    CP3 might be a pain, but he is the president of the players union, IIRC. And he might be at a place in his career where he could be okay playing and mentoring
    Who cares? He’ll be traded.

  24. Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    With McClendon's stake up for sale and this team going to be trash, is there a chance the Thunder move back to Seattle?

  25. #200

    Default Re: 2019-20 OKC Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by floyd the barber View Post
    With McClendon's stake up for sale and this team going to be trash, is there a chance the Thunder move back to Seattle?
    No

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