On the Tribune's front page today, Chris Morris considers waning interest in high school basketball:
Clark, Floyd schools searching for more basketball fans.
So, where have all the fans gone?
Some say doing away with the one-class system took the excitement out of high school hoops. Others point to a loyal fan base which is dying off and no interest among current students.
The numbers back up all three reasons.
Elsewhere in Sunday's newspaper, a possible fourth reason surfaces in the form of this score from Saturday night's games:
Pioneers turn back the clock, 38-28.
The uniforms were from the 21st century, however the scoreboard looked like it was stuck in the 1930s Saturday night at Floyd Central.
At a five dollar admission price, that's precious little bang for the buck.
In my youth, did I really see Floyd Central's 1971 squad score 41 points in the 4th quarter of the regional final against 9th district congressman Baron Hill's Seymour Owls, or was it a dream?
In Morris's article, one interviewee ventured into the realm of brutal honesty while gauging the box office decline of local basketball.
(Floyd Central Athletic Director Bill) Pierce said other factors also come into play when trying to attract young and old fans. He said area teams just aren’t as good as they used to be.
“We may get an occasional big crowd if a good player comes in or if they want to see the new coach. I don’t think we’ll see consistent sellouts until another Damon Bailey (the state’s all-time leading scorer) comes along,” he said.