The 2012 NBA All-Star Game will feature plenty of marketable players, but that hasn't kept tickets from being considerably cheaper than they were a year ago.
Tickets for the Feb. 26 game at Orlando's Amway Center are now selling for an average price of $1,098, with some tickets as cheap as $344 on the secondary market, according to SB Nation ticketing partner TiqIQ (buy tickets here or make an offer here). Last year's game, played at Los Angeles' Staples Center, sold for an average price of $1,721 and a low price of $578.
Plenty of factors could be contributing to the relatively inexpensive price of tickets to this year's All-Star Game. The biggest is almost certainly the locale, as Lakers and Clippers tickets are generally more expensive than Magic tickets. Another reason that shouldn't be ignored: Fans may just be a little worn out, as the first half of the season has been played at a rather furious pace because of the lockout.
It's worth noting that this year's game features eight of the same starters as last year's contest. Curiously, though, while last year's game in L.A. only had one local starting, there are four L.A. players starting in this game -- the Clippers' Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, and the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum.