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Fans aren't buying what Indy's selling


08:02 AM ET 02.08 | During a week when Indianapolis was praised frequently for its showing as a sports town while the Super Bowl was in town, the Pacers remained an afterthought. The Pacers announced a crowd of 11,006 fans at the fieldhouse on Tuesday. I didn't go around counting heads, but that number seemed kind of high. It seemed like half the crowd came to see former Brownsburg High School and Butler standout Gordon Hayward. "Absolutely pitiful turnout. Indy's really letting this team down," one person tweeted. "Seriously ... is there an excuse for there being maybe 10,000 people here to watch a top-4 team in the East," another person said. There's no other way to look at it, fans still aren't buying into the Pacers' early-season success.

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February 8, 2012  08:51 AM ET

I guess with not one comment besides mine. Nobody cares either. Maybe it will pick up after the Superbowl and the Peyton thing and the NFL draft.

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February 8, 2012  09:28 AM ET

front runners

love Peyton

February 8, 2012  09:32 AM ET

You just had a week and a half of people spending a bunch of money (including locals) with the Superbowl in town in a still rough economy. Not to mention plenty of people took at least one day off last week to take in the atmosphere, so many are probably catching up with late hours. To be quite honest, most of us (myself included) are tapped out. Give it a payday or two before the criticism reigns down.

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February 8, 2012  09:48 AM ET

NO excuse. People in Indy cried about the Pacers problems and them not being competitive. They are no longer jailbirds and they have the 5th best reccord in the league and are actually playing good. Besides all that, they have one of the lowest ticket prices in the entire league. People should be supporting this time...I know I am, and if I wasn't going to night school, i'd go to more games.

February 8, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Contraction Is The Answer, Bros.

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February 8, 2012  12:37 PM ET

If you can't support them when they're winning, it won't be good if they pull a Bobcats. Seattle Pacers?

February 8, 2012  04:58 PM ET

Well I know Kansas City would love to have a team again. Bring them on!!

February 8, 2012  06:30 PM ET

**** the Pacers. What a boring team

February 8, 2012  06:30 PM ET

Frank Vogel = Jim Schwartz

Big mouth arrogant tool of a coach with fake swagger that hasn't won anything but sure does act like it

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February 8, 2012  10:53 PM ET

Indy is a bench away from competing!

February 12, 2012  05:58 PM ET

Not sure but do you think there is a possibility that ticket prices, cost of parking, and concession prices having anything to do with low attendance? The economy isn't getting as good as some in crystal palaces say.

February 18, 2012  08:29 PM ET

Just when the Pacers started to get the fans back (look at the 1st round vs Bulls last year), the league has a lockout. If they continue to have some success without any off-court problems, the fans will return. Admittedly, I lost interest with them post-brawl. My displeasure with them wasn't Artest (World Peace, whatever), but Stephen Jackson, who I though was a bad fit for them. They are starting to be fun to watch again.


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