Comment 43568

By Pigskin PPP (anonymous) | Posted July 17, 2010 at 09:55:59

I believe that if you sample the home game attendance for the last 30 seasons, it averages out just below 20,000 per game. David Braley's 1987-1990 ownership stint coincided with some of the club's worst gate figures in history. At least one of those averaged out at 14,000 and change.

The fact remains that it falls to an individual club and not the host city to rationalize their business model. Sure, the cats smeared the field with the Blue Bombers, but Winnipeg shames them as a business model ($761,000 profit in 2008) as do western franchises like the Eskimos ($416,492 profit in 2008) and the Roughriders ($1.6 million profit in 2009). The Cats, meanwhile, have apparently developed a dependency on a demographic that revolts at ticket price hikes. The limitation is not geographic.

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