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Study Shows That Quite a Few Cavs ‘Fans’ Won’t Be Tuning in to Watch the Team Minus LeBron James Next Season

Are you a Cavs fan – or a LeBron James fan?

Seems like quite a few ‘Cavs fans’ are bailing on the team now that James is gone, as a recent study conducted by Qualtrics found that 23 percent of fans who viewed half or more of the Cavs’ games during the 2017-18 season will no longer be tuning in next season now that James is out in Hollywood.

To some the outcome of the study might not be all that surprising, as a Jamesless Cavs team didn’t exactly light it up the first time he left the team back in 2009, as the club went a combined 97-215 with no playoff appearances in four seasons until his return.

There’s already been study on how Cavs ticket prices are going to be in the tank for next season, and that even with a new look to Quicken Loans Arena it’s likely that there’s going to be plenty of empty seats come mid-season for the wine and gold.

Another interesting aspect to the study found that 33 percent of those surveyed said they believe James was fully justified moving to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers.

14 percent consider what James did leaving the Cavs a cop-out.

No matter how you cut it, there’s going to be plenty of growing pains for the Cavs as they face the future without James.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.



  1. pihc

    July 8, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    No one asked me. I’ll be watching. I’ve been watching since 1970 and me and my family will continue to do so. We’ll be in the 77% of the fans that will continue to watch. Plus we’ll probably get tickets for less $.

  2. William naismith

    July 9, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    i have been watching the cavaliers team since their inception. i purchased two corner floor seats to 20 cavaliers games in march 2018 for the upcoming basketball season. if the team is as awful as the 2010-2011 team that was 19 and 63 with 26 consecutive loses i will become increasingly impatient as there is no entertainment with that type of incompetency.
    as a fair minded person i will give the cavaliers a chance to show that they are an intelligent hard working team that gets the maximum output from their team where the output is greater than the sum of the parts. if this team is not worth my attention and does not put forth a strong defensive performance to compensate for lack of talent then i will turn deaf ear to this group if they are just going through the motions.

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