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CLIPPERS' STERLING LOOKS TO DIP HIS TOOTSIES IN THE POND
Published January 5, 1995
The Clippers' strong attendance for the three regular season games they have played at The Pond in Anaheim has increased speculation that a move to Anaheim may be in the team's future. The team is the NBA's worst draw, averaging just over 8,000 fans a game at the Sports Arena in L.A., but they are averaging 17,624 for games at The Pond. The team recently signed a lease extension at The Sports Arena, the second oldest facility in the NBA, but it "includes a clause enabling them to leave at the end of each season." A spokesperson for Clippers Owner Donald Sterling said the team will remain in L.A. Andy Roeser, Clipper Exec VP: "The owner is very, very firm on it. He's an L.A. guy and he's absolutely committed to improving in Los Angeles." Roeser said the team will either stay at a renovated Sports Arena, or move to a new state-of-the-art venue in L.A.. "Although attendance might increase initially, moving to Anaheim might not be a sound financial move," since Disney's Mighty Ducks, the Pond's primary attraction, control the sale of luxury and club seats and arena advertising revenue at the facility. It is unlikely that Disney would be "willing to give up advertising and ticket revenue to lure the Clippers to The Pond" (Chris Baker, L.A. TIMES, 1/5).