Anthony Anderson made a guest appearance on the Doug Gottlieb show and discussed living in L.A. When the discussion came to the L.A. team he supports, the comedian admits he is a Clippers fan despite watching the Lakers growing up and explains why he switched sides.
Lakers tickets at $15,000 compared to Clippers’ $400
Does a comedian who had several hit TV shows and movies ever think that the price of tickets to watch a basketball team is just too much? Apparently, Anderson switched from being a Lakers fan to a Clippers fan because of the expensive tickets. Here’s how their discussion went:
“Gottlieb: So you’re a Clipper guy and not a Laker guy?
Anderson: I’m a Clipper guy. I grew up a Laker fan.
Gottlieb: When did the switch happen?
Anderson: I couldn't afford Lakers tickets. I buy season tickets for both teams. I have season tickets for the Clippers and for the Lakers. My Lakers tickets at one point were $15,000. Not on the wood. Six rows up from behind the bench. Same tickets for the Clippers $4,000. Oh, I’m sorry I moved the decimal. $400. Yes, at that time.”
Even for Anderson, $15,000 for not even courtside seats is a lot. The discrepancy in prices is enormous. Let’s remember; these rates were from the old days, not the current ones.
As one of the most popular teams in the NBA, the Lakers have higher ticket prices than other teams. The more star players on a team, the higher the demand for tickets. However, price tickets are just part of the total expenses fans have to pay. There are also parking tickets and food such as hotdogs or beers, as stated in a 2013-14 season study.
Anderson’s NBA connection
Anderson admitted being a sports fan and basketball fan, so it’s not surprising he’s been tapped several times by the NBA to host awards or play in All-Star celebrity games. Anthony also roasted everyone when he substituted for Jimmy Kimmel in his show.
We can’t blame Anderson if he roots for the Clippers, given the team’s recent increase in popularity, but before the Lob City and Paul George-Kawhi Leonard happened, for sure, the fanbase was a lot smaller than it is right now.