Pacers shedding fans

As the Larry Bird era in Indianapolis continues to wind its way through mediocrity, 247WallSt reminds us that the Pacers calamitous decline all started with a punch:

The following year, Artest got into a serious brawl and was suspended for the entire season. From then on the team declined, and would not make the playoffs once between 2005 and 2010. Ticket sales declined from 733,000 in 2001 to 582,000 in 2010 — the fourth-worst attendance in the league.