Led by the Lakers, the NBA's average ticket price for the 1999-2000 season jumped 13.8 percent to $48.37, pushing it past the three other major sports, according to a survey conducted by Team Market Report.
The NHL's average ticket price is $45.70. The NFL's is $45.63, while Major League Baseball's is $14.91.
In the NBA, the Lakers posted the largest increase, raising the average price by 60.2 percent to $81.89. The higher price comes as the franchise moved into the new Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
The Knicks continue to have the highest-priced average among the NBA's 29 teams at $86.82, a 9.4 percent increase from the lockout-shortened 1998-99 campaign.
According to the report, a family of four will pay an average of $266.61 to attend an NBA game this season, an 11 percent increase. The Knicks have the league's highest family rate at $455.26, up 5.9 percent. The Hornets have the league's lowest at $183.15, up 19.3 percent.
The same family rate for baseball this past season was $121.36, while the NFL's is $258.50 and the NHL's is $254.48.
JACKSON FINED: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and Pistons G-F Jerry Stackhouse were each fined $5,000 by the NBA for abusing officials in separate incidents Saturday.
Jackson was fined for postgame comments in which he was highly critical of the officials who worked the Lakers-Trail Blazers contest in Portland.
Stackhouse was fined for throwing a ball at one of the officials with just over four minutes left in Detroit's game at Milwaukee.