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Pacers broadcaster rips Miami Heat fans, calls them ‘losers’ for leaving Game 2 early

May 25, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two Getty Images

It’s not uncommon in the NBA to have a team’s radio or television broadcasting crew unabashedly slant their coverage in favor of the home team. In fact, many clubs prefer it, even if the coverage can be off-putting to the more neutral observers forced to listen to a particular broadcast.

The Pacers fall into this category, apparently, as their radio play-by-play man Mark Boyle had some strong words for Heat fans near the end of Indiana’s Game 2 victory in Miami.

“These losers are leaving,” Boyle said, via Page Q Sports. “They are flocking to the exits with their team down by three. This city does not only not deserve this team, they don’t deserve any team.”

You can listen to the comments yourself by clicking here.

Is there anything really wrong with what was said? The radio crew is employed by the team, and the majority of the people tuning in to a Pacers feed of a nationally televised game this deep into the playoffs are going to be Pacers fans.

Sounds to me like someone just playing to his crowd and telling them what they want to hear, although it’s worth noting there’s more than a little irony in the Pacers taunting the fans who show up to another team’s games, considering that Indiana ranked near the bottom of the league (25th out of 30 teams) in average attendance for the season.

[via HoopsHype]

  1. zickhead - May 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    The Heat have the biggest bandwagon fans ever. If Lebron ever decides to leave the games will be super empty at that point. As much as I can’t stand Dan Gilbert, at least the Cavs fans continue to show up after James departure, that won’t happen in Miami.

    • bammbamm21 - May 30, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Except that the Heat are 3rd in the league in attendance filling 102% of available seats every game. That is people coming through the gate, not tickets sold. Even before LeBron came they were near the top for attendance. The Cavs on the other hand sit second to last only to the lowly Pistons filling only 78.7% of the seats. The Cavs dropped 20% after James left. The year before James showed up, the Cavs only filled a pitiful 55% of the seats. So tell me who the real bandwagon fans are?

  2. nycalldayz - May 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    He’s right about Heat fans they’re a bunch of front-runners. When things are going Miami’s way it’s cheers and high-fives. Everyone outside of Florida knows the Heat have no real fan-base. Heat fans are fans of Lebron or Wade not the team it’s self. But also u have to take into consideration AA arena is located in downtown Miami so there’s a lot to do during the day and night. Miami isn’t a sports town and they’re teams are bad. I would say the Heat fans are more like bandwagon trolls than actual fans.

  3. teambringitstrong - May 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    LOL…………that is a true statement. This is why TeamHeat will never be the franchise of Boston or L.A.

  4. yuwannano - May 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Miami. Worse sports team ever. I’ve been to a Heat game and being around them for extended periods of time just sucks the life out you. Like vampires. Coked up, drakkar wearing, blond highlighted vampires

    • don444 - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:21 AM

      Nothing like unmitigated hyperbole huh, moron?

  5. MOZART - May 26, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    “It would be a great place to live if it weren’t for all the killings, fraud, lousy third-world drivers, scams, tax-cheats, plastic wanna-be socialites, murderous thug cops and gangsters.”
    Wait a minute! Are you talking about Miami or Detroit?

  6. 1972sxwife - May 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    That picture reminds me of the heat games in progress in 2007 & 2008

    • bammbamm21 - May 30, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      Probably should have looked up attendance before you made such an idiotic statement. The Heat filled 99.3% of the seats in 08 and 100.6% of the seats in 07. Third in the league. Does it help you guys sleep at night pretending like the Heat are bandwagon fans? Does the 55% of filled seats of the Cavs from the year before James got there and the 20% drop down to second to last in the league since he left not bother you at all? Or is strictly a Heat thing?

  7. watermelon1 - May 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Who even goes to NBA games?

    I mean, first of all the product is horrible to begin with.

    But then… Even if you do love it that much… The only decent seats are the first few rows up on the sides of the court. Otherwise your view is horrible or obstructed, or too far away. And we know most of those seats that close are already scooped up by rich celebrities or relatives of the players.

    If you’re going to sit anywhere else, why would you pass up the much superior view of television?

  8. goodfellas17 - May 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I’m from Indiana and long time Pacers fan. Sorry to Miami fans. This guy is an idiot. You paid good money for those tixs and can do as you wish. This guy is the loser.

  9. jaerba - May 26, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I think Miami has a ton of bandwagon fans, but Indiana is in no place to criticize them. With 6 minutes left in G3, there were already a ton of empty rows in the lower bowl.

    I expected better of you, Indianapolis.

  10. topdawg4ever - May 29, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    You think Miami is bad try LA. Worst fan base ever. They don’t make noise and leave early whether the team is winning or not. This past season was really bad. The last playoff game the place was almost empty by the end. No support for their bloved Lakers LOL.

    You don’t see that crap at a Warriors game!

  11. bammbamm21 - May 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    What did he say midway through the 3rd quarter of game 3 when half the seats were empty in Indy?

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