There's a good reason fans in Albany don't support professional sports. Because Albany can't come to the realization that it's a small-time market.
Don't forget, the Patroons that are playing now aren't the Patroons that were playing two weeks ago. The new Patroons are the USBL team, which is like watching pickup basketball at a playground. How else do you explain Craig Forth playing professional basketball? Give me a break.
The Rats only draw when they give half of the house away on promotional nights, and rightfully so, because $10 to park, $13 for a ticket and $6 for a beer are big-market prices, not Albany prices. And here's the clincher that this is a small-time market. The powers that be at the Times Union Center didn't even block off dates for possible Rats playoff games! The Rats have to play their home playoff games at the Glens Falls Civic Center, and then have the audacity to charge $17 per ticket!
At least when I go to the Carrier Dome, I know I'm going to see bigtime athletics, even if Syracuse is bad. I'd rather pay to watch Iowa-Syracuse football or DePaul-Syracuse basketball than waste money of the CBA or, God forbid, the USBL.
This isn't a big-time market, and fans shouldn't have to pay an arm and a leg to see mediocre sports.