It’s not exactly news that the nation’s economy is suffering. While there are many components that generate income for the NBA, the attendance numbers reveal little change from a year ago. In truth, the numbers are actually slightly up
Certainly there are some teams struggling with attendance. Two squads decimated by injury, the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers are said to have dropped. The Sacramento Kings have also suffered through a tough first half of the season.
Any specific downturns have been overshadowed by bumps in New Orleans (still rebounding) and Oklahoma City (drawing a much higher crowd than they did a year ago in Seattle).
Additionally, teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns are filling their buildings every night.
A league source confirms that attendance has gone from 17,086 per game in 2007/8 to 17,284 through 654 2008/9 regular season games. That’s an increase of 1.16%.