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Are discounted Lakers tickets a sign of bad economic times?

January 15, 2009 |  1:10 pm

Kobe Bryant drives past Dwyane Wade during Sunday's game at the Staples Center.

Oops. Maybe this is a sign of how bad this recession really is.

Online ticket site this week offered discounted tickets to two Lakers games in VIP suites at the Staples Center for more than 40% off. The site was selling $200 face value tickets for the Lakers-Wizards game on Jan. 22 and the Lakers-Bobcats game on Jan. 27 for $117 apiece, including service fees. already sold out their allotment of tickets for the Wizards game, but as of this morning they still had tickets for the Bobcats date.

Although Goldstar has long been a source of cheap tickets for the lesser Staples Center tenants, i.e. the Clippers and the Kings (along with plays, concerts, spas, movies, etc.) this reader has never seen any discounted Lakers tickets for sale.

In October the Times' Mike Bresnahan reported that 99% of the Lakers season-ticket holders renewed for the 2008-09 season. So I'm guessing that some of these season-ticket holders are doing a bit of belt-tightening and are reselling some extra Lakers tickets in their suite.

Still, it may also be another leading indicator of how grim the economy is in SoCal.

-- Barry Stavro

Photo: Kobe Bryant drives past Dwyane Wade during Sunday's game against the Miami Heat at the Staples Center. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images