By Brendan Quinn and Mario Belan
The last time the Toronto sports fan base celebrated a major final’s victory was when the Blue Jays won back to back championships in 1992-93. The Argonauts did win in 2012, but fans have been waiting for one of the big three (Leafs, Jays and Raptors) teams to win.
The first team to come to mind is the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last time the Leafs won the Stanley Cup was in 1967, and the last time they made the playoffs was in the 2012-13 season when they lost to the Boston Bruins in the first round.
“I think that the team has been supported when they’ve lost before,” said Mike Zeisberger, a writer at the Toronto Sun.
He said the public is turning to other Toronto teams because fans can see that the Leafs team lacks the one important trait a team needs and it’s work ethic.
“The worst thing you can have from a fan base is indifference,” said Zeisberger.
The Leafs are still the most watched sports team in Toronto, but they have been seeing a drop in attendance. The Toronto Raptors are climbing steadily in attendance during home games.
This infograph shows the TV ratings and attendance for Toronto Maple Leafs, Jays, Raptors and TFC .
Average attendance for the Jays is incomplete because season just started and numbers not available for Raptors home opener. TFC home opener hasn’t been played yet.