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Hill's mission: Bring back Indy's fans

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08:08 AM ET 03.20 | George Hill meant no disrespect to the hometown fans -- in fact, he'd like to see lots more of them. In his first home game since making critical remarks about seeing too many Los Angeles Lakers fans at the Pacers' venue, Hill received the usual round of applause when the starting lineup was announced Tuesday night. Before that, he sat at his locker and tried to expound upon his comment, which received negative fan responses on Twitter; local sports-talk radio shows; and in emails sent to The Indianapolis Star. ... "You root for who you want to root for, but I know one day that we're going to get it like it used to be at Market Square Arena. That's my dream, that's my goal from when I first got here, to help bring fans back."

The Indianapolis Star

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March 20, 2013  08:19 AM ET

hey its true. They've been pretty good as of late, but the fans don't show up. Last year they were the 2nd to worse in attendance and they finished with the #3 seed. Nice support.

March 20, 2013  08:34 AM ET

When you don't have the accolades your college teams do, fans don't really care to pay 10 times the price to sit in your stands.

Maybe if you wear Purple/Gold uniforms. There seems to be a whole lot of them in the audience when the Lakers are in town...

<what a homer>

March 20, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Just start relocating the franchise. Then a plethora of Pacer "fans" will suddenly come out of no where.

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March 20, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Let Your Game Do The Talking, Bro.

March 20, 2013  09:15 AM ET

People can say what they want about the Knicks and the fans, but we are the real deal. We stick by the team when we're good as well as when we suck. There's no fair weather fandom going on here.

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March 20, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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People can say what they want about the Knicks and the fans, but we are the real deal. We stick by the team when we're good as well as when we suck. There's no fair weather fandom going on here.

Hey, let us know when the Knicks are good. So, you know, we can see if this comment has some merit or not. Boom........roasted!

I kid, I kid

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March 20, 2013  10:30 AM ET

They will eventually lose that franchise. If you are a top 3 team in your conference and can't sellout games then that is a problem. I am sure Seattle would gladly take the Pacers

March 20, 2013  10:42 AM ET
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Its a good point. Clearly ownership either doesn't care or they are making so much $ that they are fat and content.Cause if they did care, you'd see different attendance numbers

I think they are doing what they can by giving special deals for seats, but to have your fans be drowned out by opposing "star" teams like the Lakers is embarrassing by what record they have. If winning in the regular season doesn't bring out fans then what options are left.

March 20, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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Hey, let us know when the Knicks are good. So, you know, we can see if this comment has some merit or not. Boom........roasted!I kid, I kid

<Preps booby-traps for ZooLexer this morning>

Morning buddy..!!!

March 20, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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<Preps booby-traps for ZooLexer this morning>Morning buddy..!!!

Morning!
I know Doc is good natured and can take a zinger every once in a while. Or, I might be totally wrong and get some of that New York anger unleashed on me!
Oh, the drama!

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March 20, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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Morning! I know Doc is good natured and can take a zinger every once in a while. Or, I might be totally wrong and get some of that New York anger unleashed on me!Oh, the drama!

lol - Nah - We NYers are pretty thick-skinned and don't mind ribbing unless you try to gas a "Fruit" inspired NY fan.... Then it's on like Donkey Kong...

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March 20, 2013  11:05 AM ET
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Where is that fruit? He's been gone for awhile. Probably won't be back until Melo starts playing good again and even when NY loses. You know he'd rather have Melo playing good than NY winning...

I think he's gone for good and it's Kobe's fault.....!!! :-)

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March 20, 2013  11:25 AM ET
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Nothing.But this does lead me to believe that even with the poor attendance, they are making $ or they'd be outta there

Oh yeah according to Forbes they turned a profit of 11million. I think the city actually owns the arena which is different than most franchises and they(Pacers) receive ~$11Mill to cover operational funds during the season. They probably would barely break even if they didn't recieve that money.

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