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Lakers Playing to Empty Seats

  Nov. 5, 1960, Lakers

Nov. 5, 1960: Don Page was worried about the Lakers. No one was watching.

"Bigger crowds have watched knitting tournaments than have viewed the Lakers thus far," wrote Page, The Times' radio columnist.

He blamed the lack of a consistent radio schedule for part of the team's problem. According to Page, the Lakers sought more for radio rights than did the Rams, then a popular draw in Los Angeles.

Page also noted that the Lakers' next game would be on television but not in Los Angeles. It probably didn't help that they were playing a home game at a college gym, at Los Angeles State College.

--Keith Thursby

  Nov. 5, 1960, Lakers  

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