Tim Fletcher Show: More on Mavericks Departure from Shreveport-Bossier
Discussion on Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks on The Tim Fletcher Show on Wednesday morning.
66-0... but they still felt they had to go.
The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks played 66 games the last two years, winning every time they took the floor, including the clinchers in the past two ABA championships contests. The success on the floor didn't translate to fannies in the seats, leading the team to make the announcement Tuesday they were leaving Shreveport, Hirsch Coliseum and the ABA for a city reportedly in Tennessee or Kentucky to play in the Premier Basketball League,
Mavericks coach, Steve Tucker told the Shreveport Times, "The whole things is about economics and what is best for our organization."
According to the teams' director of marketing Debra Green, the lack of fan support played a big role. Talking about the attendance at the most recent championship, she told KSLA, "We were really shocked and our staff thought the fan base would double and it wasn't. We had 7,000 fans at our first finals. We thought it would be 10,000 or more."
The Mavericks departure leaves the city without a professional team in any sport