Interesting Article on Pacers Attendance Decline

Attendance numbers for sports teams have always fascinated me. And trust me, I’m not really a math guy.

But still, watching certain attendance trends is interesting. Obviously, a huge part of attendance deals with how the team is performing. Who wants to go watch a team that constantly stinks up the joint? So it’s pretty cool to be able to look at certain trends over a particular period of time.

This story is a few days old now, but it’s still an intriguing one nonetheless. 24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of 12 professional sports teams that are rapidly losing fans, and the numbers are based around attendance from 2001 to 2010.

And well, quite simply, the Pacers make the list.

Here’s the link to the Yahoo story, and here’s the expanded version on the 24/7 Wall St. website. It’s definitely worth a look.

There’s plenty of different factors that have played into this. Just like with other sports franchises, the economy has played a role. I don’t think that’s the sole reason, but there’s no doubt that it has had an effect on a lot of teams across the major sports.

Then of course there is the play on the court. The Pacers haven’t had a winning season since the 2004-2005 campaign. So yeah, even though they made the playoffs this past season, that’s not exactly something that draws in fans.

If you don’t win regularly, you’re going to lose fans. And you’re going to hinder the ability to bring in new fans.

The Pacers have a nice assortment of players, but ultimately, they have to start winning if the attendance is going to start going back up. A near 25% decrease in a decade isn’t very good. But it’s going to take more than one season to get fans back in the seats.

What are your thoughts on this? Is the formula as simple as winning = increased attendance?

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