NBA Ticket Prices Rise

Los Angeles Lakers fans are paying bug bucks this season to watch their team play. The average price of a Lakers season ticket is $89.24. That's the highest in the NBA, according to a survey by Team Marketing Report. It's an increase of 4.5 percent from last season.

A family of four can expect to shell out an average of $453.95 a night to see the Lakers, also tops in the league, according to the survey's Fan Cost Index.

The Fan Cost Index is based on four average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two least-expensive, adult-size adjustable caps. The league average is $281.90.

The average NBA ticket price climbed 3.6 percent, an increase of about two dollars, to $48.83.

The New York Knicks charge an average of $70.51 to watch a team
that hasn't made the playoffs since 2004. Boston's average ticket
rose slightly to $65.43, and Chicago is fourth at 63 dollars following a 15.3 percent increase.

In their first season back in New Orleans, the Hornets charge a league-low $24.58.