I think both attendance issues are rationalized. People got worked up over both but I think if you do a little research you find the problems have nothing to do with the sport of hockey. First the Devils can only look at the Nets who are playing none other than Lebron James. So its not the Devils or the sports of hockey, its the arena. "GETTING TERRITORIAL: On Long Island, Shaun Powell notes the Nets are in the playoffs again, but New Jersey â€œdoesnâ€™t care.â€ At tip-off of Game Three of their second-round series against the Cavaliers and LeBron James on Saturday night, Continental Airlines Arena was â€œone-third empty. More people trickled in and the announced attendance was 20,032, but there were rows of empty seats.â€ Only one of the Netsâ€™ four home games this postseason has sold out. Powell wrote â€œnow you know why the Nets have given up on Jerseyâ€ and plan to move to Brooklyn. Nets TV analyst Mark Jackson, a Brooklyn native who formerly played for the Knicks, said of having the Nets in Brooklyn, â€œBeing able to go to a game right off the street will be attractive to a lot of people. Theyâ€™ll be able to claim this team.â€ But Powell added, â€œBrooklyn claims the Knicks; always has, always willâ€ As for the Red Wings, Ive heard over an over about the economy and it seems the ownership has misread it along with pissed off some season ticket holders. Even with all that and the Pistons being the playoffs, people there still love their hockey more than anything else. "Empty seats were a â€œcommon sight in the early roundsâ€ of Red Wings Stanley Cup playoff games at Joe Louis Arena, according to Steve Pardo of the DETROIT NEWS. While â€œcompetition from the Pistons, the Tigers and even the weather may be partially responsible,â€ Red Wings Senior Dir of Communications John Hahn said, â€œThe number one reason is the economy here in Detroit â€“- the layoffs and business closings here in the region. These are the people that come to the games.â€ Fan Rich Green said, â€œGiven [the Red Wingsâ€™] playoff performances of the past few years, spending money to watch the game in person is an investment I donâ€™t want to make.â€ Pardo noted season-ticket holders had to pay for the first two rounds in advance. Season-ticket holder Patricia Nemeth said, â€œNobody likes it. And you donâ€™t get your money back until next year (if they donâ€™t advance). You donâ€™t get any interest on your money back, either.â€ But FSN Detroit spokesperson Tim Bryant said the net has averaged an 8.9 cable HH rating for five Red Wings playoff telecasts. That translates to about 172,500 HHs; regular-season Wings games on FSN averaged less than 70,000 HHs (DETROIT NEWS, 5/12)."