[quote=""barkley34""]For the past 3 days I have been working with a friend of mine on how the league (USBL) has progressed and than taking a massive tail spin in the last 5-6 years. We wanted to see what had happened to attendance in the USBL, where it peaked etc. The team that we found that really was heads and shoulders above not only all teams in the USBL, but CBA and ABA as well was the 1996 Portland Mountain Cats, coached by Kevin Mackey and owned by Mark McClure.
The link to the 1996 stats at the Civic Center where they played were amazing.
They were never below 3,500 fans a game it seemed and sometimes exceeded 4,000. The Civic Center told me that they were the one of the most profitable minor league teams (for them anyway) attendance wise.
Their PAID numbers for games as stated by the Civic Center website. VERY impressive: 4,801..1102...4,093...4,055...3,553...3,651,
4,869....3,967...3955, etc., etc.
Doesn't it make sense to get this McClure guy back with Mackey or whomever and turn this league around? Good God, what the hell kind of marketing did this guy do to draw crowds like that??? As they say, if "it ain't broke, don't fix it". Maybe the leagues should find this guy, pick his brain and make some money on his marketing skills. Just a thought. Also, has there ever been a minor league basketball team with those kind of stats in the past 10 years? I was thinking maybe Rockford?[/quote]
You know what's funny?
The Boston Globe
(a newspaper of note) actually did a pretty robust story on the Portland Mountain Cats in its June 30, 1996 edition.
In it, someone named Mark McClure is quoted as saying, "We're one of the most successful franchises in USBL history. We're averaging 1,600 to 2,000
- second in the league in attendance."
Funny how they averaged 1,600 to 2,000 (again, a quote from Mark McClure himself) without ever going below 3,500. Hmmmm. That's odd.
That same guy had been quoted earlier in the piece as saying he expected to draw anywhere from 3,500 to 5,000 a game.
And the vaunted 4,801 supposed figure for the opener? Yeah, instead, it was said in the Globe piece that it was really 3,000, but only 1,400 paid and the other 1,600 used fewer than half of the 3,600 free tickets the team gave out.
Apologies for bringing up a long-dead thread, but when I found that Globe article, I had to laugh. Years from now, if historians search and find this thread, hopefully they realize what a pathological liar Mark McClure was.
And probably still is, whatever he's doing now.