Heat become first National Basketball Association team with mobile-only entry

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With the advent of smartphones, mobile devices have been used to do a lot more than simply make phone calls and receive text messages in recent years.

The Miami Heat are set to change the way their fans can enter the America Airlines Arena this coming season to watch their home games. With this move, the Heat would become the first National Basketball Association franchise to make the shift to mobile tickets. Not needing to print tickets will help the environment, and it could also regulate ticket scalping, making it very hard to re-sell them at a profit. This could also be a hit for those who like to preserve the tickets from games that they attend, but there are solid reasons behind the move to mobile tickets.

Some teams that have shifted to mobile offer season-ticket holders the right to have their tickets printed on paper, but it often comes at a cost.

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The Miami Heat aren't the first American sports franchise to consider the possibility of mobile ticketing, as it's been a point of conversation for a couple of years now.

Other teams, like the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Cleveland Cavaliers, have mobile-only ticketing, but they permit fans to use a driver's license and credit card to get in.

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