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June 10, 2012

HORNING: Why everybody wants to be OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s not like everything is a dollars-and-cents issue and yet the figures are still quite telling, because if there’s one thing even the most left-leaning lefty can grasp, it is the accuracy, if not the desirability, of an utterly unapologetic free market.

With that in mind, here submitted is a sampling of secondary market ticket prices from StubHub, the NBA’s scalping partner.

At about 5:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon, you could still get standing room tickets for last night’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals at Miami’s American Airlines Arena.

Price? $90.

But they were not the only Heat tickets available. Tickets were already available for Game 3 of the NBA finals.

Price? $254.

Front row courtside tickets were not available for Game 7 or a could-be coming Game 3. But the seats right behind those seats were.

Price? $1,800 to $8,000 for Game 7, and $7,957 to $10,000 for Game 3.

Cue Oklahoma City.

There is no standing room at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Instead, there is Loud City. The worst seats in the house, in the corners, bottomed out at $309.25.

Also available? Four tickets together in the front row for $35,000, or $8,500 each.

But let’s say you don’t need the front row, only the sections behind the front row. The NBA’s secondary market partner will let those go for between $2,299 and $4,000.

Maybe it comes with dinner.

Two days before the last Super Bowl, according to (and reported by Bloomberg News), the best available seats at Lucas Oil Stadium were going for $4,311.

That’s right.

The best seats for every finals game in Oklahoma City will cost more than Super Bowl seats.

It is the company Oklahoma City now keeps, even if it is not the company Oklahoma City resembles.

The city has reached the big time, all without getting too big for its britches.

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