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Dr. J. Naismith 09-12-2008 10:32 AM

Toronto worried about fans of the future
 
Leafs fans are dying off or fading away, while Raptors and FC fans are beginning to thrive. I love it. :dancing:

Now we just need TSN and Sportsnet to get their act together and have basketball come before hockey on their daily wrap up shows. ;)

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Originally Posted by Globe & Mail
MLSE also owns the Toronto Raptors of the NBA and Toronto FC of Major League Soccer, and Anselmi said he doesn't have the same concerns with young fans of the Raptors and FC. “Soccer and basketball concern me a lot less than hockey,” he said.

How do the Leafs combat their fading fan base? Anselmi said that turning around the on-ice product would help expedite the process. He revealed the club's market research indicated that in 2007-08, only 51 per cent of the people surveyed considered themselves die-hard Leafs fans, down from 68 per cent the previous year.

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Barracuda 09-12-2008 10:35 AM

TFC fans are crazy.

So even if the game sucks, it's still fun!

Gurk 09-12-2008 11:28 AM

BMO center is always packed at any game no matter what

jeffb 09-12-2008 11:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Dr. J. Naismith (Post 55289)
Leafs fans are dying off or fading away, while Raptors and FC fans are beginning to thrive. I love it. :dancing:

Now we just need TSN and Sportsnet to get their act together and have basketball come before hockey on their daily wrap up shows. ;)



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Leafs blow! As for TSN,they are a lost cause they talk hockey 95% of the time.They call themselves the "Hockey network" ,nothing more needs to be said about that dumbass network.Sportsnet is nowhere close to being as bad as TSN.The Raptors often lead off their telecasts.If the Leafs play,they lead off then the raptors highlights are second.

TSN on the other hand will show 10 minutes of crappy thrashers/blue jackets type of highlights before they get to the raptors highlights.I don't watch TSN for this reason alone.I watch The Score,SN & Raptors channel.

Gurk 09-13-2008 11:38 AM

TheScore all the way

m5racer 09-13-2008 01:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Dr. J. Naismith (Post 55289)
Leafs fans are dying off or fading away, while Raptors and FC fans are beginning to thrive. I love it. :dancing:

Now we just need TSN and Sportsnet to get their act together and have basketball come before hockey on their daily wrap up shows. ;)



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i cant agree more. I hate that even when the raps are doing great and the leafs are shit they paly all the leafs shit first. Not only that but its pretty shitty to have to wait for the last 10 min of the shows for them to show any basketball highlights. You know maby someone should tell them there is more then jsut hockey during the winter moths

Gurk 09-13-2008 01:37 PM

Yea I hate that. They go through all the hockey analysis then at the end they show Basketball

XiaominWu 09-15-2008 02:24 PM

lol.... hockey pays the bills, people. they are running a business and as much as the fanbase is aging (although one trip deep into the playoffs by the Leafs will bring a lot of young "fans" out of the woodwork), there are still waaaaay more hockey fans than basketball.

fancylad 09-15-2008 02:40 PM

it's TFC and BMO FIELD.
;)

and it doesn't suck. dump and chase, clog the middle zone defense sucks.

fancylad 09-15-2008 02:49 PM

The day that this city becomes less hockey obsessed and there will be more balance in terms of all sports will be a great day. maybe it will come in the future. who knows.

I'll also say that if that happens (and other sports are considered equally "important"), then Toronto can be a full fledged sporting powerhouse.

Snooch 09-15-2008 02:53 PM

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Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 55740)
The day that this city becomes less hockey obsessed and there will be more balance in terms of all sports will be a great day. maybe it will come in the future. who knows.

I'll also say that if that happens (and other sports are considered equally "important"), then Toronto can be a full fledged sporting powerhouse.

Its already pretty much there, its the rest of the country that is still hung up on hockey.

fancylad 09-15-2008 03:01 PM

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Originally Posted by SnoochieBoochie (Post 55742)
Its already pretty much there, its the rest of the country that is still hung up on hockey.

I wish that were true, but it's not really the case. you notice it everytime you turn on the FAN 590, or any sports television channel. Still wayyyyy too much hockey.

That being said, I can only imagine what the rest of the country is like. yikes.

Snooch 09-15-2008 03:04 PM

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Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 55744)
I wish that were true, but it's not really the case. you notice it everytime you turn on the FAN 590, or any sports television channel. Still wayyyyy too much hockey.

That being said, I can only imagine what the rest of the country is like. yikes.

There is no Fan590.

I remember a morning after a Raptor game this past season the radio station here said that the Raptors won by 4 points in an overtime game against Golden State and Joe Bosh scored 35 points in the win.

The game the night before was against LA and the Raps losts. Chris scored 25 points.....:stars:

XiaominWu 09-15-2008 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 55739)
it's TFC and BMO FIELD.
;)

and it doesn't suck. dump and chase, clog the middle zone defense sucks.

I dunno, dude.... I've tried to watch TFC games on TV and it just looks awful.... the field is pathetic, the quality of play is just abyssmal. Maybe I'm expecting too much.

zachus 09-15-2008 04:27 PM

Have to agree with the comments about our sports channels here. TSN definitely provides the most aesthetically pleasing broadcast, so it's kind of a shame that it's so hockey-centric. The score is definitely the cheesiest looking channel of the three, but their basketball coverage is the best hands down - Adnan Virk also runs shit.

Even though it's been said about Toronto many times, I'll say it again: Toronto is NOT a hockey town. Toronto is a LEAFS town. This article really shouldn't be too much of a shocker. I'd even go so far as to say that in terms of participation, Toronto is MUCH more of a basketball and soccer town than it is anything else.

XiaominWu 09-15-2008 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by zachus22 (Post 55763)
Have to agree with the comments about our sports channels here. TSN definitely provides the most aesthetically pleasing broadcast, so it's kind of a shame that it's so hockey-centric. The score is definitely the cheesiest looking channel of the three, but their basketball coverage is the best hands down - Adnan Virk also runs shit.

Even though it's been said about Toronto many times, I'll say it again: Toronto is NOT a hockey town. Toronto is a LEAFS town. This article really shouldn't be too much of a shocker. I'd even go so far as to say that in terms of participation, Toronto is MUCH more of a basketball and soccer town than it is anything else.

I disagree.

Based on that, show me a city that would qualify as a "hockey town"... I don't think you can.

Montreal is a HABS town. Vancouver is a CANUCKS town. etc etc etc.

I think there is actually more casual interest in non-leaf hockey teams in Toronto than anywhere else..... In fact, it frequently pisses me off to see just how many hockey fans in Toronto cheer for a team other than the Leafs.

fancylad 09-15-2008 04:41 PM

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Originally Posted by XiaominWu (Post 55751)
I dunno, dude.... I've tried to watch TFC games on TV and it just looks awful.... the field is pathetic, the quality of play is just abyssmal. Maybe I'm expecting too much.

the quality of play in the MLS holds much to be desired - this is true.
But i'm just such a big soccer fan that i've grown to love the team. However, the field is fine. It looks fine on TV - so i don't get you there...

Of course natural grass is what we desperately need, but the field turf is OK.

As for the game - yeah it's not La Liga, but it's pretty decent. I'd say it's of the quality of coca-cola championship (the english league below premiership). And hell yes, TFC are awful, but i cheered for the raptors when they were awful too.

XiaominWu 09-15-2008 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 55768)
Of course natural grass is what we desperately need, but the field turf is OK.

I would agree with your usage of the word 'desperately'. Can't stand artificial turf..... it's one of the reasons I won't watch the CFL.

Superjudge 09-15-2008 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by zachus22 (Post 55763)
Have to agree with the comments about our sports channels here. TSN definitely provides the most aesthetically pleasing broadcast, so it's kind of a shame that it's so hockey-centric. The score is definitely the cheesiest looking channel of the three, but their basketball coverage is the best hands down - Adnan Virk also runs shit.

Even though it's been said about Toronto many times, I'll say it again: Toronto is NOT a hockey town. Toronto is a LEAFS town. This article really shouldn't be too much of a shocker. I'd even go so far as to say that in terms of participation, Toronto is MUCH more of a basketball and soccer town than it is anything else.

heh.

cept for the outdoor rink on every corner and the highest minor hockey participation in the effin world....ya aside from that toronto is pretty much a basketbball town...heehee...

stop smoking pot.

Claudius 09-15-2008 08:50 PM

But SJ he does kind of have a point. Toronto notoriously undersupports minor hockey (St. Mike's Majors, Marlies). As a spectacle, Toronto loves its Leafs but doesn't really care about the other hockey teams. So yeah, I dig his point saying that Toronto is a Leafs market.

And I would agree that its moreso a soccer city than anything else simply based on the demographics of the city. Problem was until the ushering in of TFC it was a majority that was mostly silent due to an outlet. That's not to say these same fans aren't hockey fans.

The concern should come in though with changing demographics. I would venture to say that most young people under the age of say, 14 are more basketball fans than hockey fans. Not to say they don't enjoy either sport (many of us love all sports) but I'd be willing to say that most would rather choose basketball to watching instead of hockey. THAT should concern MLSE and even the NHL.


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