INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – For Indiana Pacer fans it’s now or never. Show me the will to win they say, or we won’t be showing you the money.
After the blue and gold laid an egg in Game 1 against Atlanta at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Game 2 is not a sell-out and resale tickets are going at a big discount.
“People say, they got to do this, they got to do that, they got to do the other. Yes they do. But the No. 1 thing they’ve got to do is play hard,” says Dan Dakich behind the microphone of his sports talk show on 1070 The Fan.
And his callers agree. Said one, “If your teammates see you going all out and giving everything you have, which I don’t see, I don’t think anyone else sees it either.”
When the hometown team doesn’t play hard, it becomes very hard to sell tickets.
According to the Pacers, there were about 400 tickets for sale when the day began. Most of those they said, turned back by the NBA when the league didn’t need them.
But a local ticket broker told 24 Hour News 8, Game 2 playoff ticket sales are as soft as they’ve ever seen. They cut prices right after the Game 1 loss to get rid of their inventory. They said, a lower level seat went for $100 for the second playoff game. That same seat sold for $150 during the regular season.
On the Stub Hub ticket website, Tuesday afternoon, there were more than 900 tickets available for the Pacers game with prices starting at just over $8.
“I never try and tell people how to spend their money,” says Dakich. “And it does surprise me being a basketball place and how the Pacers have rebuilt this and it’s really a fun deal. But given the effort of the other day, that’s the consequence that comes with lack of effort.
Lack of effort that fans continue to try and figure out. And what will it take to turn this around and put fans back in a ticket buying mood?
“One win. Play really hard. Get one win, win by one at the buzzer, fall down, thrown-it-in-over-your-head, who cares,” says Dakich.
If the Pacers don’t win at Bankers Life Tuesday night, they’ll have to win two in Atlanta, and comeback home and win two more. And if that’s the case, you’ll likely be able to buy tickets for even less money than you have to pay for Game 2.