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Old 03-20-17, 05:06 PM
Scibourne Scibourne is offline
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My thoughts:
1. People would rather stay at home and watch the NCAA tournament than attend the HS tournament.
2. Emergence of small private school powerhouses like Lutheran East, Wellington and Cornerstone has hurt attendance as they have little to no outside community support. A Lutheran East vs. Wellington D4 Final may draw 5000 fans.
3. Players who in the past attended local schools and drew fans are now attending out of state prep schools.
4. Fans have tons of options with dozens of cable sports channels.
5. People now indulge in video games and social media. Fans now talk online about high school sports rather than attend games.

I miss the 14-16,000 which was regular attendance at the tournament but anything over 10,000 is now a big deal. Times have changed.