We, the fans, have officially lost our elite status
Sports Business Journal
The teams this year reaching 10,000 in full-season-ticket sales are the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz.
The Lakers and Jazz have made the list for three consecutive years, a nod not only to their strong on-court performance, but also to the strength of their sales staff.
New to the list this year are the Cavaliers, Knicks and Magic. Dropping off the list are the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors.
I think the economy has a role to play in season ticket sales. Ontario has been one of the province hit hardest by the recession.
season tix numbers do not paint full picture
Yes, season ticket sales are down for the Raps, but keep in mind that attendance at games is still among the tops in the league (last time I checked they were among top 10) and for a market that is not considered "basketball" type and wayyy too puck-obsessed (over-kill; they pretty much eat shit and die hockey, it's really annoying) the Raptors have done a good job of getting fans into the games - yes, their tv ratings may not be anything to write home about but people around the league know that the ACC crowd is one of the tops and can be one of the loudest and craziest atmospheres.
Keep in mind teams like Boston, LA, NY have rich histories and are major bball markets.....the raps are 15 years deep and for a 15 year team to be placed in the type of market that puts EVERYTHING in life second to hockey and hockey and hockey, the raps are doing very well for themselves