You are going to get the following reactions:
1) But we sold out a few times!
2) But we only had 1 bad year!
3) It is Corey Bookers fault!
4) It is the City of Newark's fault!
5) LL is the best GM ever! Can't fault him for anything!
6) It just takes time to get further into the playoffs! We will get there this year!
and so on....
A lot of people are going to be in denial about this issue.
I agree... and for once I can maybe see why Booker was trying to kill the deal when he came into office. They asked for a lot of public money and now they can't afford the amount that they put up... Just like an apartment building, Booker has a high priced tenant that isn't paying its rent.
You can say what you want about last year's attendance... Jamie and I went to at least 30 home games. There were some games were there were DEFINITELY less than 9,000 people in the building and the Devils announced a 13,500 attendance. You're going to tell me that almost 4,000 who bought tickets didn't show up? The numbers are inflated. They were most definitely counting the free tickets they gave away. We have a friend that is an usher... they get a printout of the numbers at the gates towards the end of the game. A few times he showed me what it was and then I checked the attendance online. I remember there was a game last November where the gate # was 10,500 something and the announced attendance was 14,100.
The only thing that may save the Devils asses is that the Islanders are in so much trouble. That situation might have to be handled first. But the Devils are a team with two superstars in Kovy and Parise... any Canadian businessman from Quebec, Hamilton, or wherever is going to want to swoop in and steal this team if there's an opening. This is something we have to be worried about definitely.