9 Reasons Why Nets Fans Might Not be Fully Rabid (Yet)



1) It’s the tourists. “I’ve noticed that a very large amount of people at these games are not fans,” writes fan Sam Goetz. “A lot of them are tourists, out of town fans, or knick / nba fans looking to catch a game…This year was a tad better than last year. Last year I had season tickets in the upper bowl and I was frequently surrounded by European tourists, out of town fans, or people simply quietly watching the game not cheering at all. It was a huge bummer and one of the main reasons why I didn’t re-up on the tickets this year.”

2) It’s the Knicks’ fault. Up until 2 years ago, if you were a serious basketball fan in Brooklyn or Long Island, you most likely became a Knicks fan. No one withheld their love for the Knicks in the hope that someday Brooklyn would have a team. So when the Nets arrived in Brooklyn, most of the naturally intense fans were spoken for.

The Nets have attracted some Brooklynites who love the idea of a local team but it’s possible that they are the sort who follow basketball less closely. To generalize, the Knicks got the die-hard basketball fans, and the Nets got the more casual fan. And that puts the die-hards in a bad position: they do really care. The Brooklyn Brigade is one example of that: those guys yell and cheer passionately, and then they have to read about whether or not fans care enough.

3) It’s the PA system. My personal complaint is about PA system and music at Barclays. It really bothers me that they keep blaring the music not only during time-outs but after play has resumed. I wonder if, on some level, the canned noise just crowds out the natural fan noise. We feel like our job is being done already. At a minimum, the constant music makes it harder to concentrate and feel a sense of drama.