Intially you'd think so, but in most markets you'd be wrong. Exposure League teams really only need 200 to 500 fans in attendance to survive. The problem even if the town doesn't have D1 basketball there probably is a D1 team within 30 to 50 miles. Plus there will be high school basketball and D2, D3, or NAIA basketball close as well.
In the summer exposure league basketball is the only option. So if you are a basketball fan above other sports you end up at the basketball games.
That being said you may very well live in a bad market for exposure league basketball. Some teams only draw 50 or 100 fans but in some cases I'd blame that as much on management/ownership as I would the market.
People just have to knock of the greed and get together and set something reasonable up. You can blame the economy all you want but for the most part I blame the relationship between the NCAA to the NBA and bad decision making in minor league basketball. The only reason leagues like the ABA exist is because people are stupid enough to fork over that check for 10k. It never works out, Joe Newman never trys to make it work out, and he just pads his bank account and secretly laughs at the fools that send him money.[/quote]
"If games are missed, it hurts no one" ...... ABA CEO Joe Newman 2/9/09
Due to numerous threats of legal action from certain people.......all of the above is my opinion only and it should be noted that I have never invested in the ABA. It is simply one mans opinion.
I think you're on the right track, but the main competition in the summer is the weather. How many people want to sit in a gym on a warm summer night?
You do have to be prepared for rainouts though. You'll eventually have one. If you are playing on Saturday night you'd have to be prepared to make it up Sunday afternoon.
Outdoor games (depending on the surface) can be a lot harder on the players.
Think about when the D-League started in the South. Often times, down south, the winter (or at least spring and fall) are the time to be out. The SUMMER is when people would want to be indoors, by my reckoning. Seems to me the South is where you try summer ball.
The spring/summer leagues on average draw 1/2 or less of the fall/winter minor leagues overall. (Check the stats. It's a fact.) Now, if you want to make the case that expenses are less because cheaper players can be had, that's probably reasonable. But, spring/summer is a lesser draw for all the reasons mentioned here, and it is generally the case in most regions of the country. There's nothing wrong with that, but let's not dance around it. That said, leagues like the IBL in particular may offer the best business case, if for no other reason than their teams lose less on average. Losing less might be the best formula for the next few years.