The Rhinos set Nov. 30 as the date when a decision on the 2018 season must be reached.
Declining support. The announcement is not a surprise. The Rhinos averaged just 2,031 fans a game, the second lowest, above only Charlotte, among the USL's independent teams. Nine independent teams averaged at least 5,000 fans a game. Seven MLS second teams average less than 2,000 fans a game.
At the start of the season, Dworkin, who with his wife Wendy bought the Rhinos in 2016, said the club's current situation was an unsustainable business model. They lost a reported $1.7 million with an average attendance of 3,655.
Before 2016, the Rhinos never averaged under 5,000 fans a game in their 20 seasons. They
averaged a season-high of 11,628 in 1999 when they played in the USL A-League and won the Open Cup. They moved into their new soccer stadium in 2006.
Revenue sources. The Rhinos are seeking $1.3 million they need from:
-- Jersey sponsorships;
-- Season-tickets sales;
-- Suites sales; and
-- New corporate sponsorships.
Hotel tax. The Rhinos are also seeking a share of Monroe County Hotel Room Occupancy Tax revenues. One of Dworkin's beefs has been that other area facilities -- Blue Cross Arena, Rochester Riverside Convention Center and Frontier Field -- receive revenues from the hotel tax -- $8.1 million in 2017 -- but the Rhinos' Capelli Sport Stadium hasn't.