24th counts for something in this market especially when we've been very disappointing, and every fan is $$$, and we know these guys are about that money. Michael Jordan isn't going through tanking again for sure and I would bet money we are building from the middle going forward, especially with Lebron's reign of terror ending sooner than later.
Philly being #3 is great, but they have a great tradition there that I think has gotten lost over the last several years. Their 80s teams were right there with the Celtics for most years and they were great when Iverson was there of course.
Indiana is the shocker on that list. Wow
in 09 The Hornets were bad and the attendance reflected that at 26th out of 30 teams. We averaged 14526 a night.
in 17 The Hornets were good and the attendance reflected that at 17th out of 30 teams. We averaged 17332 a night.
That's a difference of 2806 people a night between 6 wins a season and a first round playoff loss. Basically 5.5 million dollars difference between the season in revenue generated from ticket sales at $50 avg price.
That's a lot of money per year, but not really when you consider the operating budget of the team. And if you play your cards right, that small loss per year on lower attendance numbers will be more than paid back when you're sitting 3rd in the attendance numbers and merch/tickets are flying off the shells because the team you know... is actually good.
This is my point. Why is Jordan afraid of a tank? it's not going to touch his personal bottom line, and it's barely gonna affect the teams overall line. I think continued mediocrity and playing from the middle, will ultimately be much worse than 3 seasons of losing basketball. I mean... playing from the middle has got guys like Chef taking breaks from the team. Chef posted 3 times a day during the 6 win season. Mediocrity will kill this market more than losing will.