Caleb briefly mentioned this in the morning links (or will have mentioned this, since I'm writing this into the future). But the Times-Pic's report on the Hornets' attendance this season is worth discussing again.
The basic details of what's unfolding:
- The Hornets franchise extended its lease on New Orleans Arena through 2014 (in 2007)
- That extension was signed, contingent on the fact that attendance would never drop below 14,735 per game over a two year period.
- For the full season of 2009-2010 and the half-season ending on Wednesday, January 31st (the remaining one half-season is projected out from that time), the Hornets will fall below the minimum threshold unless they average 14,213 per game for the next 13 games.
- Through eight games this year, the Hornets are averaging almost exactly that number- 14,214 is the average home attendance for this season.