Ron Terwilliger can sum things up pretty succinctly: “I think it would be better if we were winning some games.”
With his new WNBA team hemorrhaging both and off the court, Terwilliger let on to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Atlanta Dream is losing more games and more money than even he expected for their first season in the league.
Terwilliger thought his fledgling franchise would have won at least a few games by now, and although not unhappy with the attendance, “I think it would be better if we were winning some games,” he said. “We need to keep building the franchise and build on that core [fan base].”
The Dream averages 7,942 fans per home game, surprising given that the team fell to 0-17 and is suffering through the longest losing streak to open a season in the history of the 12-year-old league. The team still draws slightly above-average crowds for the league.
Terwilliger hasn’t been shy about his expectations for the team – a championship within five years. With the Dream’s 72-65 loss to Houston on Thursday, it’s clear he and the team have a long way to go.