Eye of the Hurricane

February 10, 2011

Fact of the Night

Filed under: NBA — eadeutsch @ 1:27 am
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The Cavaliers–proud owners of a 26-game losing streak–have the third highest home attendance in the NBA.

The Bulls and Blazers are ranked  1 and 2, with the Mavericks, Heat, and Knicks rounding out the top six, and I just can’t get my head around what drives over 20,000 fans to watch the dismal Cavs night after night.

Meanwhile, the Nets have the worst home attendance in the league, just in time to be moved into Brooklyn.

The Cavs lost their 26th straight game Wednesday night against the Pistons



  1. This isn’t meant to be a knock on the city of Cleveland, but there isn’t a whole lot to do there. At least lately, the Cavs have been playing hard, which is still entertaining to watch, even if it results in a loss. It’s also likely fans wanted to be at the game that ended the streak, even before it reached its epic proportions. It’s cool to say “Yeah, I was at the game when they broke their (insert number of losses here)-game losing streak.”

    Comment by Bill Ding — February 14, 2011 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

    • Bill-I was thinking along similar lines, but here are a few notes: The attendance records are averaged throughout the season, and until at least 10 games lost in a row, I wouldn’t believe that the novelty of seeing your beloved team ‘snap’ the streak could play into the decision to attend a home game.

      I also thought about the “nothing else to do in Cleveland” argument, but the bottom two teams: the playoff-contender Pacers and New Jersey nets are both in similarly ‘boring’ urban centers and are at the very bottom of the list.

      Even when you order the attendance rankings by percentage of venue full (versus number in attendance)–and the Cavs are tenth in the NBA in this respect–they are still filling up 98.9 percent of their arena night after horrible night.

      Maybe Cleveland fans are just better than the rest of us?

      Except the Indians are dead last in home attendance and the browns are 20th in the NFL.

      The mystery continues. Any more thoughts?

      Comment by eadeutsch — February 14, 2011 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

      • The Indians attendance has always been abysmal, but that’s definitely odd how there’s such a discrepancy between baseball and basketball. Maybe there are more hoops fans in Ohio? Maybe Cleveland State’s recent success carries over? Or maybe, like you said, it’ll just continue to be a mystery.

        Comment by Bill Ding — February 15, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

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