Basketball

Bulls sellout streak snapped

The Chicago Bulls' sellout streak is over.

The NBA's longest active sellout streak ended at 610 games Tuesday night when tickets went unsold for the Bulls' game against the Washington Wizards.

It was the first time since Nov. 20, 1987, that Chicago didn't have a sellout.

The stretch was the third-longest in NBA history.

Only the Portland TrailBlazers (814) and the Boston Celtics (662) had longer runs.

During the almost 13-year span, the Bulls hosted 12.4 million fans.

"We anticipated a sellout tonight, but I'm afraid the election and other factors worked against us," said Steve Schanwald, the Bulls executive vice-president of business operations.

"It's been a great 13-year run, and we can't say enough about the great and loyal support we have received and continue to receive from our fans."

A crowd of 21,312 was announced, 311 short of a sellout.

Washington -- then called the Bullets -- was the visiting team for the last non-sellout, too.

That was on Nov. 17, 1987.

The Bulls average ticket price is $52.84, 12th-highest in the NBA.

But the team also has 5,500 tickets that cost $28 or less, including 500 for $10.

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