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Is Our Fanbase Predisposed to "Fairweather-ism"?

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Consider this: The Carolina Hurricanes moved to NC in 1997 (two years after the Panthers) and they consistently have one of the better crowds in the NHL. The teams logically should be sharing the fan base so what is the difference between the two?

Is this because of small stadiums? Cheaper beer? Or just different type of fans?

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We are still a first generation fan base. When the 2nd, and eventually the 3rd generation, join in. That will be when HOME field will start being a factor.

Very true. My sisters kid was born and we decked him out in all panthers gear. I got him a panthers baby bib and and panthers onsey. My sis and brother in law got him a beanie and a cam newton jersey. Obce this new generation grows up we'll see a change.

Sidenote: i've traveling around this past week to visit friends in atlanta and miami. Done a poo ton of bar hopping. I havent noticed one person rocking anything other than falcons or dolphins poo. It was depressing that these poo cities (especially atl) have more loyal fans than we do.

And btw, i have to say it again, atlanta is a shithole.

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It's the offseason, so entertain me.

I've been thinking with all of the embarrassing turnouts to Panthers games this year by our fanbase in which we allow other teams' fans to fill up our stadium and essentially make it an away game, is our fanbase predisposed to suck?

Not just giving up our tickets to other teams' fans, but also all of the numerous instances of our own fans trolling our players on twitter or booing guys at training camp or fanfest...

Then add to that, watching the Bobcats game tonight and the whole fuging arena was chanting "M-V-P" when Kobe stepped to the line in clutch time to put the 'Cats away for good in the 4th quarter. I was so disgusted.

My point is this... Could it be that we're predisposed to have a fairweather fanbase simply because we were among the last expansion franchises in "new" NFL markets? Look at Jacksonville, they're much worse but the point remains. When times are good, they're really good and it's easy for everyone to be a fan.

But, when the poo hits the fan, the fans hit the exits. And quick.

Houston and Cleveland were the two most recent "expansion" teams, but only in name, considering both of those cities had histories with the NFL of 20+ years prior to losing their original teams.

But, teams in new markets seem to lose their fans much quicker, and I question whether it's because they "became" fans after we got a team rather than growing up with the Panthers (or in baketball, the Bobcats) as their team.

Do you think it's the "hometown adoption" scenario, or do you think the home market/fanbase just sucks because of the culture of the area?

Discuss... Or let's talk about how awesome Colin Cole is going to be before he retires during training camp.

not sure what's been said up until this point... but I think it's more logical to ask how 4 winning seasons out of 17 has kept people buying tickets this entire time?

and then we can direct our attention onto why our fanbase continues to fund mediocrity...

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Also the stadium "rat you buddy" system and security take a lot of fan noise and fun out of the "game day experience". Sometimes I think all that noise in BOA bothers JR.

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Consider this: The Carolina Hurricanes moved to NC in 1997 (two years after the Panthers) and they consistently have one of the better crowds in the NHL. The teams logically should be sharing the fan base so what is the difference between the two?

Is this because of small stadiums? Cheaper beer? Or just different type of fans?

Winning the Stanley cup, playing in another, and consistently being pretty good year in year out doesn't hurt either.

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Wait, wait, wait.....our fanbase= Charlotte Bobcat fans?

Nope.

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This is one of those things that takes time. I have never followed another team in my life, but I grew up with the Panthers. If you think about it, people 30 and below are the only ones who have "grown up" with the Panthers and we are usually not at a point in our lives where we can afford tickets (or afford to miss work/ family time). I think over the next 10-20 years, as this new generation of Panther fan reaches 40-50 years of age, we will be able to afford to spend money on games.

It also doesn't hurt if you make the playoffs every now and again

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Bobcats are playing another road game in Charlotte tonight.

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I just think Charlotte is filled with a bunch of weak kneed bandwagon sell outs. Simple as that.

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sports is just not in their blood like banking and religion.

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sports is just not in their blood like banking and religion.

You are in the heart of basketball country....so you comment that sports is not in their blood is ridiculous. The issue with the Bobcats are two fold:

1. Many in Charlotte still hate the NBA because of the whole George Shinn fiasco

2. The Bobcats are a losing team with a roster void of significant talent

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You are in the heart of basketball country....so you comment that sports is not in their blood is ridiculous. The issue with the Bobcats are two fold:

1. Many in Charlotte still hate the NBA because of the whole George Shinn fiasco

2. The Bobcats are a losing team with a roster void of significant talent

Excuses. Charlotte fans need to man up. It's pathetic. We are one of the worst sports fan bases in the country.

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Excuses. Charlotte fans need to man up. It's pathetic. We are one of the worst sports fan bases in the country.

Look at the posters on this board if you want to know what is wrong.

Over react and bitch about everything.

But that being said......people forget that Charlotte IS a transplant city. The majority of people here grew up fans of other teams. And, many of them do not change those allegiances just because they moved.

Winning is what will breed interest from that fan base....winning is what will incent someone to change allegiances.

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