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Chicago Bulls raise ticket prices 5 percent

The Chicago Bulls raised their ticket prices by over 5 percent this season - nearly two points above league average.

US PRESSWIRE

The Chicago Bulls have been quite good over the last couple of seasons so it makes sense that tickets to get in the door at the United Center have become a bit pricier -- even without main attraction Derrick Rose on the court for at least the early portion of the season.

Bulls ticket prices went up 5.2 percent this season compared to the 2011-12 season, according to the annual Team Marketing Report Fan Cost Index (via Jon Greenberg at ESPN Chicago), meaning the average ticket price is at a staunch $71.90 ... and that's without including premium and club seating.

The price increase might seem like an inordinate amount due to inflation, but the same report indicates the average ticket price-hike around the NBA was slightly less at just 3.5 percent.

According to the report, 14 teams raised ticket prices this season whereas eight teams dropped their average ticket price. The biggest increase came with the Brooklyn Nets as they transition from the Prudential Center in New Jersey to the newly-built Barclays Center.