New York Times Blasts Heat Fans for Mojitos and Empty Seats

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Too many empty seats greet Heat stars.
What's the problem, Miami Heat fans? Are you too busy sipping mojitos and grazing on patatas bravas to get your butts in the seats on time? Is it the economy? Do you secretly hate LeBron James as much as the rest of the country does?

These are the allegations lobbed at Heat fans by the New York Times today. According to the nation's most venerable newspaper:
 
Ticket holders straggle in long after the opening tip and flee en masse midway through the fourth quarter to beat the traffic. Clusters of red-and-orange seats remain blindingly vacant, making American Airlines Arena appear half-empty on television. 

You're missing LeBron James' famous pregame powder toss, people. What's wrong with you?

Ah, New Yorkers. They fly in for a quick playoff visit and think they know the place. Last summer, when James announced he was "taking [his] talents to South Beach" to join an all-star team with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, locals predicted the fan base would be tenuous.

James left Cleveland, a town that pours its heart and soul into sports teams, partly because its economy, politics, and weather are so abysmal. In South Florida, the gorgeous weather is extremely distracting.

You'll find a smattering of die-hard Marlins, Dolphins, or Heat fans, but mostly you'll find people who are too busy tanning or doing Jell-O shots before a night on Lincoln Road to notice a basketball game. And have you ever met a citizen of Miami who shows up on time for anything?

So seats at the arena are empty until halftime. What else is new? James and Bosh abandoned the frigid north for a town where the sun always shines and the parties never stop. They got exactly what they wanted.

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Brandonrolfe23
Brandonrolfe23

I'm an avid Miami heat fan. I doubt there are many fans as passionate as I am about the game of basketball and the Miami heat. And I was born and raised in Idaho, about as far away from Miami as u can get in the landlocked united states. I somewhat agree with the nyt. If I lived un Miami or had the opportunity to see a home game I would just be beside myself. I would b there bfor warmups and I wouldn't leave my seat until the final buzzer. Not for the bathroom. Not for concessions. And I would b the loudest fan at the AAA screaming my love and support for my team. Let's get with the program fellow heat fans. Our team needs our devoted support!

DaGuerre
DaGuerre

"Ah, New Yorkers. They fly in for a quick playoff visit and think they know the place."

Uhh, Lisa...the writer of that story, Don Van Natta, was a Miami Herald writer for years and has probably forgotten more about Miami than you'll ever know.

NickR
NickR

They decline to mention--in typical New York fashion--that the nosebleed seats *start* at $92.50 each. For some people, that's nearly money.

strangelove262
strangelove262

Fire up the hype furnace and put out a winning product and elementary schools all over South Florida will named in your honor. Struggle in the standings and you couldn't get a table at the Denny's in Opa Locka. People in South Florida only respond to hype and success and though they do it with a fervency that borders on the absurd it puts bums in the seats and merchandise on their backs. But when there is no hype or success they will stay away in droves. Just ask the two-time world champion Marlins how their attendance has been, although that promotion where any fan who shows up dressed as an orange seat gets in for free seems to be working quite well. And the Panthers might as well not even exist, though admittedly their decade long playoff drought would wear on even the most devout of fans. Which leaves us with the Dolphins and the Hurricanes who enjoy strong fan support in spite of whatever problems they have on the field because this is, after all, a football town, like it or not (which, in the interest of full disclosure, doesn't much matter to me.) People will respond to the other three sports so long as it's fashionable for them to do so. In a place as image conscious as South Florida no one would dare be caught at a place that wouldn't serve to advance their own self-interest or look good in a Facebook posting. It's not that we don't have sports fans here, the Heat, Marlins and Panthers just need to be made more appealing to fashion whores and scenesters that overflow our night clubs and restaurants every night.

amazinjess
amazinjess

NYT is still hating since Lebron wasn't sucking their A-hole like everyone else in the country.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Um, that NYT article is ridiculous. It quotes Scott Raab as an authority on Heat crowds? Scott Raab has never hidden his hatred of the Heat and Lebron. I guess every article critical about the Heat is required to have at least one Scott Raab quote.But more generally, the whole genre of articles about "this city isn't a real sports city" or "that city doesn't support it's teams," are unnecessary. They inevitably sound like the authors are familiar with Red Sox fans and Yankees fans and no other fanbase can ever be as great as those, which is probably true.They say Miami isn't a sports town. I guess I'm not really sure what type of city Miami is, but is it necessary to criticize fans because they are late to a game? Dan LeBatard is a great sportscaster, but he is embarrassed by the late-arriving fans? Really? Get some thicker skin Dan. And they get one season ticket holder to say Miami fans are not true fans, and some crazy lady who says Lebron ruined the Heat for her. Uh, ok. If people don't want to show up at the start of a game, or scalpers are not getting as much money as they expected, that is fine. People can do what they want. Not really necessary to look down on them. I guess it is fun to criticize things you don't like though. I'm doing it!

Pancho_zc
Pancho_zc

You insult the fans for not attending marlins games after the world series but did you ever stop to think we might have had good reason not to go? I guess you dont remember that management blew up those championship teams right after they won. They traded away anyone with any value whatsoever. Even Cabrera who was the first major superstar to begin his career for the marlins was let go. Im pretty sure if the heat had done that to wade in 2006 i would have never watched a heat game again

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