New York Knicks, Rangers Tickets to see Huge Spike

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The price of success is heavy if you’re a New York Knicks fan. With a place in the post-season looking likely for the first time in seven years, the decision to raise season ticket prices does seem reasonable. But a 49% average hike is surely a bit extreme.

That’s what Madison Square Garden Inc, which owns the Knicks and MSG, will be asking fans of the basketball side to fork out, though. Meanwhile, fans of NHL side Rangers will see an average price increase of 23%.

Knicks ticket prices have only risen once during the past 10 years, while actually remaining unchanged for the last six as the team failed to make the post-season. However, with Brooklyn-born forward Carmelo Anthony and center Amar’e Stoudemire leading the way, that prolonged absence appears likely to end.

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NBA Players’ Union Hands Out Guidebook in Case of Lockout

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It must be pretty tough trying to adjust to the real world after having everything handed to you on a silver spoon for most of your adult life. After all, having somebody take care of the first-class travel, accommodations, and restaurant reservations for pampered athletes requires a special skill.

Well it looks like the NBA millionaires will have to fend for themselves pretty soon if the league decides to lock them out. But if they do get told to take a hike when the current collective bargaining agreement runs out on June 30, the players’ union is doing its best to prepare them for the horrors that will surely follow. The union has written a 56-page guidebook on how to live without their outrageous salaries, called ‘Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.’ According to a union spokesperson, the books were handed out to clubs from November to February.

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