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NEWSDAY'S PARKER SAYS NBA'S ATTENDANCE BEARS WATCHING
Published November 25, 1997
The NBA's early-season attendance was examined by Rob Parker of NEWSDAY, who wrote, "All you have to do is look around the NBA these days. Not even the great NBA spin doctors can hide this fact: NBA attendance is down in several cities and hope for a rebound looks bleak." Parker: "Fans seem to be deciding that the game they have been brainwashed to believe is fantastic, simply isn't, anymore. For sure, the reality of commissioner David Stern's watered-down league has finally sunk in. ... The reason? It's simple. There are too many bad teams in this league. Too much expansion has eroded the talent level, making many games both uncompetitive and boring to watch." Parker added that attendance is also affected in some markets because "the prices at NBA games are outrageous, the average ticket now is up to $36.32. It's a miracle there are any kids in the stands" (NEWSDAY, 11/24).