Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Mavericks’ sellout streak could end
There are about 1,000 tickets left for the October 30 opener against Atlanta.
DALLAS The Dallas Mavericks, who currently have the world's longest-active streak of sellouts at 477 games, might be in danger of soon losing that record.
During an interview with KESN-FM 103.3 on Tuesday, owner Mark Cuban revealed that there are "about a thousand tickets left for the home opener," which takes place October 30 against Atlanta.
The Mavericks' streak goes back to December 15, 2001, and they took the reigns as the longest-active streak in sports when the previous record-holding Boston Red Sox failed to sell out a game this past April. During the course of the Mavericks' streak, they had been perennial 50-game winners and serious title contenders, but a mediocre 2011-12 season followed up by last year's playoff-less 2012-13 campaign may have subdued fan interest.
When Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was asked about the streak last April, he was surprised they had been able to maintain it for so long. “Obviously, they’re a little spoiled with a lot of winning seasons,” Nowitzki said of the fans. “But even this year, they came out and supported us."
For most teams, there are usually spikes in ticket sales for the opening game of the season, so even if the Mavericks do manage to sell out their opener, their struggles in doing so are an ominous sign for keeping the streak alive through the rest of the season.