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  • Best Seats For NBA Finals Seeing Unusually High Demand On Secondary Market

    Foreign-born players such as Ginobili (l) and Parker (r) are driving int'l interest

    The least expensive tickets for the Spurs-Heat NBA Finals starting tomorrow night "were still available ... hours after going on sale" yesterday, but "prices for precious floor seats are going through the roof," according to Clark Spencer of the MIAMI HERALD. Miami-based ticket broker White Glove Int'l President Michael Lipman said that ticket demand from int'l buyers is "high due to interest in" Spurs Gs Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, "two top foreign-born players." Lipman said, "Usually the Spurs are a bad draw for us. But I’m getting slaughtered from professional athletes -- people with relationships with those guys -- from around the world. I just sold some courtsides for $17,500." When the Heat put tickets on sale to the general public at 2:00pm ET yesterday, prices "ranged from $155 for standing room only up to $890 for those in the lower section." Lipman said, "It’s probably going to be about a $200 to $250 ticket for upper level on Thursday. And Sunday, watch out. They could go up to $400 and $500" (MIAMI HERALD, 6/5). In N.Y., Mitch Lawrence writes NBA Commissioner David Stern is "one lucky outgoing commissioner." In his NBA Finals "swan song, Stern gets to host the best showdown the NBA can possibly have." Sterns gets "the perfect goodbye" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/5).

    SEVENTH HEAVEN: The late-night talk shows last night all made reference to the Heat's Game 7 win over the Pacers. CBS' David Letterman said, "My Indiana Pacers got beaten by the Miami Heat. ... Wasn't much of a game. At halftime -- and this is one of those things where if you watch enough basketball you pick up on little things like this -- I knew it was over when the Pacers come back out after halftime and they had changed into their street clothes" ("Late Show," CBS, 6/4). ABC's Jimmy Kimmel said, "It was a great series, except for the last game, which wasn't. But I think really what hurt the Pacers was Justin Bieber, who was there distracting them, rooting for the Heat in one of the most ridiculous outfits ever assembled" ("Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC, 6/4). NBC's Jay Leno: "How many of you saw 'Game of Thrones' on Sunday? Did you watch that? Oh, my god! Oh, my god! People can't stop talking about this. The show ended with a huge massacre. That's two massacres I saw this week, if you count the Heat-Pacers game" ("The Tonight Show," NBC, 6/4).

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  • X Games Reps Tour Charlotte Motor Speedway With Selection Expected Soon

    zMax Dragway would be the primary venue for X Games events in the Charlotte market

    Charlotte Motor Speedway officials yesterday met with ESPN execs "for a site visit to showcase" the facilities in an "effort to lure" the X Games to the venue, according to Jonathan Jones of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Network execs met with CMS President & COO Marcus Smith around noon and then "had lunch before touring the sites in and around the speedway." A few hours later, a "half-dozen of the nearly 20 ESPN employees on site took part in the NASCAR Racing Experience" with Nationwide Series driver and X Games vet Travis Pastrana. The speedway’s bid, labeled X Games Charlotte, is among four host sites "up for the event," along with Detroit, Chicago and Austin. While Chicago and Detroit have "proposed plans that put events across the city, Charlotte’s bid would have all the events in one area." X Games Global VP & GM Chris Stiepock said, "It’s definitely a preferable situation for us when you consider all the factors that are involved in setting up the venue. If we have to set up multiple venues, it’s not only from a staging perspective and building the courses but also from a television standpoint, a whole new production infrastructure." X Games Charlotte has "an active Twitter account and Facebook page, but social media support lags behind cities like Austin and Detroit." Today’s meeting between CMS and ESPN officials "will be more business, discussing topics like ticketing and sponsorships." ESPN "visited Detroit and Chicago last week, and will travel to Austin" tonight (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/5). ESPN Senior VP/Programming & Global X Games Scott Guglielmino said that an "internal decision on where the games go next could be made as early as next week." But no public announcement is expected "until later this month." In Charlotte, Erik Spanberg noted CMS assembled a bid "with minimal assistance from other tourism agencies," which runs "counter to the other finalists" (, 6/4).

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