Friday, January 02, 2009

Times says empty seats in Izod Center part of Nets' home woes

From a New York Times sports section article headlined Nets’ Formula for Mediocrity: Win on the Road, Lose at Home:
The Nets are a lame-duck tenant in the Izod Center, with intentions of moving to Brooklyn. Many fans seem somewhere between scorned and uninterested. At most home games, large sections of the Izod Center remain empty. Despite promotions and incentives that make tickets relatively cheap and easily accessible, the Nets rank 23rd among the 30 N.B.A. franchises in average attendance (around 15,500). On many nights, the arena seems more empty than the announced attendance, which is based on tickets distributed rather than turnstile counts.

I pointed out two weeks ago that the Nets' (announced) percentage full was virtually the same as the Indiana Pacers, which is in the bottom fifth of teams analyzed in a Times article about lagging attendance.

For Times-ologists, today's article was written by the beat reporter covering the Nets, who'd previously described the arena as "half-empty," while the article about attendance was written by the reporter covering the NBA more broadly.

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