Reason for Toronto sports team failures? The fans.
In my opinion, the reason for the failing Raptors and other Toronto teams is NOT the ownership, CEO, General Manager, Coaches, Players etc… the problem are the fans.
Here’s my reasoning, the Raptors have replaced the ownership with wealthy corporations like Rogers who are not afraid to spend the dollars to win championships i.e.) Blue Jays. The Raptors have also upgraded their CEO to Tim Leiweke who’s apparently the best in the business in his trade (still too early to see results), new General Managers in Colangelo, Ujiri, Burke and Nonis who were/are also arguably the best in their trades. No matter what upgrades the organization make there is only one constant the fans.
Watching the debacle in Golden State the other night I saw how the Warrior fans brought their team back to life and eventually defeat the Raps coming back from a 27 point deficit. I then watched how the Premiership football clubs get their unconditional support and how it translates to better effort, and results on the field. Most successful franchises have very loud arenas and supportive fans that bring the positive psychological edge to their teams. Even the Raptors played amazing for the first three quarters just because they were away from the ACC… And watching the Raptors play in Montreal brought an extra step and an extra physiological advantage to the players.
So, I was thinking why don’t the Raptors, Leafs, Blue Jays have the same enthusiastic support?? Just recently, the Buffalo Bills franchise issued a statement that they will review the games played in Toronto because it does not bring a competitive advantage to the team. Watching games in Toronto you could hear a pin drop in the arenas. This causes a ripple effect to the players in sluggish starts, weak effort and weak psychology.
One of the reasons is the corporate seats. The lower bowl of every game is half empty and when full is at best very mute! I think that if the MLSE is serious about winning they should start focusing on improving the fan and player experience at the stadiums/arenas by reducing the corporate seats to only 20% of the lower bowl. In addition, successful arenas such as Golden State should be examined to see what they do differently and implement the same strategies in the ACC. I believe this is the only way to change the culture of the team and produce wins!
Thoughts? (Sorry for the long post…)
LEAFS, CHELSEA FC, RAPTORS, BLUE JAYS, COWBOYS