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View Poll Results: Where Should a Billionaire Put a Big-League Team?
Inland Empire...We're Not LA! 6 10.53%
Las Vegas...We Need Something Besides Slots! 24 42.11%
Hartford...Ignore the Whalers! 6 10.53%
Austin...San Antonio Spurs Make Us Jealous! 17 29.82%
Hampton Roads...We're Virginia Beach and Norfolk Too! 13 22.81%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-02-2013, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Sunbelt
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None of the above. Vegas may be sports betting capital but what people who do live there are not enough into any to support a team other then the NBA perhaps? Most of the others are too saturated as is.

Me? I would look at markets where sports is HUGE. For example.. Des Moines ( MLB/NFL ), Grand Rapids MI ( NFL, NBA, NHL... ), OKC ( MLB, NFL ), see above with Birmingham and i would include NFL there as well.
Well, for those cities, would it be profitable to build a huge stadium and would that team draw enough fans to fill the seats? Sure those cities are crazy about sports, but like Austin and Columbus, isn't it mostly college sports? Alabama won't be getting a professional football team for a long time because of the devout following of Alabama and Auburn, plus the rivalry between those schools, and then add in the proximity of the Saints, Titans, and Falcons. I can see OKC getting MLB but I don't see Des Moines and Grand Rapids getting anything for a looooong time. So many other locations would be passed up that probably have a better argument for those teams (Seattle - NBA, Memphis - MLB, Carolinas - MLB, Hampton Roads - all, St. Louis/KC - NBA, Salt Lake City - MLB, etc.).
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Birmingham
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After LA gets a football team Birmingham should be next for the big three.

Every professional football team that came before it was supported up until the league folded. Alabama and Auburn play on Saturday. Pros play on Sunday. We can and have done both. Legion Field needs a make over. We can sit outside to watch a game or a dome. Either way, being it on.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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After LA gets a football team Birmingham should be next for the big three.

Every professional football team that came before it was supported up until the league folded. Alabama and Auburn play on Saturday. Pros play on Sunday. We can and have done both. Legion Field needs a make over. We can sit outside to watch a game or a dome. Either way, being it on.
The Thing is the NFL wants to expend the brand, not just plop a team in any small market with a strong football fan base. By that Logic, Salt lake City and Portland should get a team aswell! No doubt a Team in Alabama would be supported by here are some problems. 1. too small of a metro 2. Not enough "green" in the city 3. It would become a undesirable market for alot of people to want to play in 4. No new fanbase. The NFL will be in London before it's in Birmingham, honestly. They are trying to grow the world wide brand at these point, not just put a team in a area with a strong football fanbase.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:46 AM
 
Location: The City
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The Thing is the NFL wants to expend the brand, not just plop a team in any small market with a strong football fan base. By that Logic, Salt lake City and Portland should get a team aswell! No doubt a Team in Alabama would be supported by here are some problems. 1. too small of a metro 2. Not enough "green" in the city 3. It would become a undesirable market for alot of people to want to play in 4. No new fanbase. The NFL will be in London before it's in Birmingham, honestly. They are trying to grow the world wide brand at these point, not just put a team in a area with a strong football fanbase.

London creates to many logistical challenges. Toronto to me might be a good fit as a first venture outside the US. Though I think there are enough teams today. A watered down product makes the league worse
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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London creates to many logistical challenges. Toronto to me might be a good fit as a first venture outside the US. Though I think there are enough teams today. A watered down product makes the league worse
I'm not saying put it in London, I'm saying that would make more sense in the Leagues point of View then a Tiny Market like Birmingham.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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None of the above. Vegas may be sports betting capital but what people who do live there are not enough into any to support a team other then the NBA perhaps? Most of the others are too saturated as is.

Me? I would look at markets where sports is HUGE. For example.. Des Moines ( MLB/NFL ), Grand Rapids MI ( NFL, NBA, NHL... ), OKC ( MLB, NFL ), see above with Birmingham and i would include NFL there as well.
NFL and MLB would fail in all of these cities.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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NFL and MLB would fail in all of these cities.
Is that including the poll list as well?
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Is that including the poll list as well?
Well I only posted that regarding the cities he listed. But looking at the list, I do not see NFL nor MLB working in Austin, Hartford, or Vegas (people need to get over this, Vegas is not getting a team in any of the major sports period). Hampton Roads would work for NBA only IMO. Inland Empire, there's already 2 MLB teams in the LA area and 3 in SoCal period. There will not be a fourth and NFL, maybe.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Gambling and pro sports do not mix. Just look at boxing--it has WWE levels of credibility these days. Why? Because of all the outlandish decisions/thrown fights that have occurred just in the years when Vegas became the boxing Mecca.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Asheville
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bringing MLB Charlotte would make a lot of sense
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