Iverson Move Pays Off In Dividends As Sixers Actually Win A Game

December 15th, 2009 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
Stop the presses.  After a three-week, 12-game losing streak, the sun finally rose for the Philadelphia 76ers this morning, as they snapped their dubious streak with a blowout win over the Golden State Warriors last night.

With the win, one thing became immediately clear; their surprisingly controversial decision to sign Allen Iverson has already begun to pay off in dividends.

The Sixers approached the Iverson deal from two very different standpoints: the playing side and the business side.

On the business side: Before the Sixers signed Iverson, they averaged drawing 11,820 fans per home game. Since his signing, they've raised their home average to 12,942 (largely on the heels of a sell-out crowd of 20,664 for Iverson's home return against Denver).

Although the Sixers' attendance average hasn't shot up through the roof, (in Iverson's second home game, against the Detroit Pistons [another of his former teams], only 12,136 fans came out), any noticeable uptick is a considerable improvement. (For what it's worth, 12,795 attended Monday night's game.)

Especially for a team from a city where fans find themselves on th ...

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