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“I’m just deeply rooted in the community,” Akers said. “I think that’s the only way to do it.”

Atlantic City has a population of 38,000, while Trenton has a population of 83,400, home to the Trenton Thunder minor league baseball team (founded 1980), Bokunewicz said. According to the 2019 Thunder Media Guide, the team drew 354,000 fans during the 2018 season. Atlantic City Surf, an independent baseball team in the resort from 1998 to 2008, drew an audience of 207,000 for its second season and 124,000 for its final season, according to StatsCrew, an online site that tracks data from various professional leagues across the country.

Bokunewicz said the city could deepen support for a professional franchise by extending its summer tourist season, adding residents year-round, or drawing fans from a wider area.

But other factors can also affect a team. The Arena Football League’s Atlantic City Blackjacks averaged 5,430 fans for their six home games at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in 2019, including 6,685 for the last two contests. But the franchise only lasted one season, as the AFL declared bankruptcy and ceased operations.

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“It broke my heart,” said Blackjacks coach Ron James, who now coaches football and teaches physical education at Juan Diego High School in Draper, Utah.

The mother of a teenage girl shared a video on YouTube of her daughter’s friend making a humorous joke…

“We had good support in Atlantic City. He was growing up. The league has gone bankrupt, and you can’t control that, ”James said. “I love Atlantic City. I grew up on the East Coast (Albany, New York) and vacationed there (in Atlantic City), so it was like being at home.


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