It coulda been 75 tonight no one woulda showed
this is true. I'm new to the Hornets board and I'll already apologize for the lengthy post, but it seems there are some people who will just downright lie to themselves and make up ridiculous excuses for the horrible fan support this team gets. even when the Hornets had Chris Paul and was a playoff team 3 out of 4 years from 07-11, they had relatively poor attendance and fan support every year with the exception of one season (2008-09 season where they averaged almost 17,000. the other three seasons were between 14,000-15,000).
you can always tell the ones who have not traveled outside of the Gulf South much and have not seen how other markets with professional sports teams operate because they are always the first to come up with ridiculous excuses time and time again instead of accepting the truth. New Orleans, and Louisiana in general is just not a good basketball market. some of the endless excuses made by some are quite entertaining though. New Orleans is not the only market that has to deal with:
- sharing the market with other teams
- bad weather
- high school football playoffs (lol best one yet)
- not having winning seasons every year
- Holidays like Halloween (another good one. trick or treating kept the fans from coming out according to one poster)
- expensive tickets (which is funny considering the Hornets are in the bottom three for ticket cost)
no one is saying that the Hornets should be selling out every single game and staying at the top of the NBA in attendance. that will never happen because of the market size. however the fan support in this state for the Hornets is downright pitiful compared to probably every other NBA team except maybe Charlotte. its sad really that we have an NBA team in our backyard and no one really cares. you can go to any sports bar outside of NOLA and there is a good chance you won't see anything of the Hornets and if you do it will be very little. its not anyone's fault, that's just how it is. how do we fix it? how do the Hornets fix it? the demand for basketball in this state is just unfortunately not there.
This post was edited on 1/2 at 1:16 am