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WNBA ENDS FOUR GAME GRASS-ROOTS TOUR DOWN ON THE BAYOU
Published November 3, 2000
The final stop of the four-game WNBA On Tour was played in front of 6,275 "enthusiastic" fans at New Orleans Arena on Wednesday, according to Sheila Mulrooney Eldred of the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, who reported that the attendance was the smallest of the tour, despite one team being "dominated by Louisiana players" (TIMES-PICAYUNE, 11/2). The WNBA On Tour averaged 6,731 fans per game with stops in Des Moines, St. Louis and Little Rock (USA TODAY, 11/2). HOOPS ON THE BAYOU: Meanwhile, WNBA President Val Ackerman said that New Orleans has "more than its share" of WNBA fans: "We tracked TV ratings, and in New Orleans this year they pulled in an NBC local market rating of 2.1, which beats the national average (of 1.4)." In addition, an NBA exhibition game between the Hornets-Lakers on October 11 drew a "near sellout crowd" (N.O. TIMES-PICAYUNE, 11/1).