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09-25-2003, 08:07 AM
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And, by the way, if Philly was scaled down to the size and population of Pittsburgh, by guess is the only team you would have in town is the 76'ers and possibly the Eagles. Keep in mind that Philly salaries are higher than those in Pittsburgh as well, while ticket sales remain the same. Also, the surrounding metro region of Philly is, by my estimation, 4-5 times bigger than that of Pittsburgh. Do you sell more than 4-5 times the tickets as the Pens? Are your tickets 4-5 times as expensive?
The per capita citizen of Pittsburgh is a bigger Pens fan than the per capita citizen of Philly is a Flyer's fan. The fact is, most sports fans in your lovely city would rather watch ******* basketball or throw batteries at J. D. Drew than go to a Flyers game.
The Pens have a *very* devoted and loyal fan-base, but the economic slump is hitting Pittsburgh much harder than Philly right now. The city is in a dire economic crisis, as evidenced by 700+ recent layoffs of city employees. Businesses continue to leave the area. Yet, a lot of people still manage to shell out more than they probably should to go to the games. To pretend that the NHL isn't playing with a stacked deck is one thing, but don't ever suggest that the reason the Pens can't play "big names" is because we have bad fans.
That is incorrect. The teams that historically have the most fan support in terms of attendance are the Eagles & Flyers.
Sixers couldn't sell-out games when they had Dr. J, Moses and were a dominant NBA team. With Iverson they have started to draw much better, but still not on the Flyers level.
Phillies have sucked for the better part of the last 20 years, and until this year had no fan support at all. Spending some money and moving into a new ballpark next year should help, but if they don't win people won't go.
Last year was a down year for the Flyers in terms of attendance and they still played to 99% capacity.
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