3-13 is good for 2nd last. But...
3-13 is good for 2nd last. But...
For F sake, stop creating stupid threads junior.
Sure there is, ownership makes a lot more money if the Raptors become a good team and make the playoffs.
Judging from the last regime, they dont give a flyin skiddoo about playoffs. However, there is a new regime here. Hopefully, they appreciate the positives of having a team that is good enough to get US TV love...
*sorry I should elaborate. The last regime turned the Leafs into a billion dollar franchise without seeing the playoffs for 7 years or so...those are the same people who hired BC.
being better in the future, could risk a loss of profit in the next quarter. It doesn't matter to them that one day they could be making a much bigger profit, if they lose out on profit in the near future (especially since nothing is for sure in this league) then they have a problem. Economic theory ftw!!
Pass out the tin foil hats!
If you're talking about ownership then I could buy that if we were the Bulls, who refuse to spend into the tax despite the fact that they obviously could and should. I could also buy it if the OTPP still had a controlling stake, because they didn't spend when the team was employing Bosh and setting it's sights on playoff runs.
But since Rogers purchased that stake in 2010 there has been zero reason for ownership to sign off on going over the cap and possibly into the tax. You're essentially pre-judging them based on how the previous owners behaved.
Consider that the controlling interest in the team is now a media company that would benefit ENORMOUSLY from building the Raptors into a better brand with consistent playoff appearances. Ticket revenue is just a fraction of the revenue pie. If the times to spend comes and ownership fails to step up to the plate, then go ahead and judge them. Until then, you're passin out the tin foil hats.
I don't think any owner would be fully satisfied with healthy attendance and a lousy record. And as many people have posted on many threads here, it's really hard to be a contender if you're not in one of the major US markets.
Having said that, our MLSE hockey cousins are in one of the major hockey markets, and they have just as much trouble competing. So is it MLSE's fault, bad luck, or a combination? Who knows.
Whatever the case, I think we can all agree that Pietrus will make everything better.
Celebrating the Futility of the Toronto Raptors:
If a company offers a product or service (whether its a good or bad product/service) and the customers keep buying it (ie. dollar voting) they'll keep making and offering that product.
Now thats not to say they won't change, they won't try to invest more in an attempt to get more 'votes', or vice versa. The point is there is little reason to change if what you are offering is working, because nothing is driving a need for change.
This isn't "judgement" of BC or Rogers or MLSE. If anything its a judgement of the fans and what they want and what they are willing to pay for.
Ticket revenue itself may only part of total revenue, but it indirectly drives alot of other revenues. For example concession sales (or concession rental), in house advertising revenue, and product sales can all be effected by ticket sales. Its also a clear indicator of market demand.
On one hand, I understand the frustration. If fans are unhappy about the team's performance, then they should stop supporting them (ie: not pay to attend games), in order to send ownership/management a message. Does that ever really work?
On the other hand, I think there are a lot of positives to be taken from this. As Toronto tries to build itself into an NBA free agent destination, having a loyal, supportive fanbase can be a great drawing card. Despite a poor record, in the face of a weak economy, playing for the Raptors means you still play in front of a good home crowd. A good home crows is great for building morale of young players and also provides the team with a homecourt advantage.
It could very well also just mean that a lot of Raptors fans are satisfied with a rebuilding team that's loaded with young talent, who are highly competitive on most nights. Obviously the rebuild/build is nowhere near completion, but perhaps more level-headed fans realize that the young kids need/deserve loyal fan support, even if those same fans feel disdain for management not producing results as fast as we'd hoped. There's a reason rebuiling/building is called a process; it's not an overnight thing, or even a one/two season fix. Most fans wanted a rebuild and we've got it, so I don't get the outcry while we're struggling during that process (it was/should have been expected).
I'm proud of Toronto Raptors fans filling the ACC to support OUR team!
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