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IN TORONTO, ARE RAPTORS VANISHING INTO A LOST WORLD?
Published December 16, 1997
The Raptors announced their smallest SkyDome crowd in franchise history as 14,562 attended their game against the Pacers, a "testament to the team's struggles on the court and its wretched record," according to Doug Smith of the TORONTO STAR. The team is 2-21 (TORONTO STAR, 12/16). In Toronto, Steve Simmons: "Toronto is a fragile basketball market and has been from the start. But the beginning seems so long ago, and what was once fragile is now even more tenuous." Simmons adds that the city is "rapidly losing interest in the rancid Raptors, with all their stories and all their excuses and all their ownership fights and all their whining" (TORONTO SUN, 12/16). Also in Toronto, David Israelson wrote on the Raptors under the header, "Raptors Need Some Better Marketing." Season-ticket sales this year are in the 9,000-10,000 "range," down from 12,000 in the team's inaugural season (TORONTO STAR, 12/15).