NEWSDAY'S PARKER SAYS NBA'S ATTENDANCE BEARS WATCHING
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).