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10-24-2012, 01:56 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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It's really a combination of things. Up until the 2004-05 lockout, the Avs were (arguably) the best sports team in Denver, and bringing in fans was easy. The Nuggets sucked, the Broncos (post Elway) weren't all that great, and the Mammoth didn't come into existence until 2003.
The lockout changed some things. People were angry that an entire season of hockey was lost, so they refused to go to games. The team was dismantled due to the cap and retirements.
Combine that with the Nuggets going from the 6th/7th place team in their division to making the playoffs every year since 03-04. By comparison, the Avs have only made the playoffs 3 of the 7 years since the last lockout. The team has had a couple of top 3 picks.
Then throw the Mammoth into the mix. Since they joined the league, they have missed the playoffs once. As someone else mentioned, lacrosse is fast, fun and cheap.
If you have a limited budget to spend on live sporting events, are you going to choose see a team that is competitive, or a team that isn't?
All good points. The biggest thing is the Avs being a non-playoff team.
Let's face facts, people spend money when the team is a winner OR when the team is loaded. There was no problem filling the seats when the Avs had the likes of Sakic, Forsberg, and Roy. Playoffs were just a given back then.
With ticket prices being expensive, it's tough for some fans to cough up the dough when, odds are, the Avs will struggle and most likely miss the playoffs. It happens with every team that goes through low periods of play.
Last season some Penguin fans were bragging how amazing their fan base was. How quickly they forget (or didn't know because they were most likely bandwagon fans) that the Pens were a bottom dwelling team that had bad attendance & Mario Lemieux had to come in and save the franchise pre-Crosby.
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