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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, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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bringing MLB Charlotte would make a lot of sense
I don't think the market is big enough yet. It would be another Kansas City.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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None of the options are good in the poll.
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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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.
I see, so put it in a European city that is mostly apathetic about American football. I thought the green part would be addressed by the billionaire.

A team where many SEC stars from both Alabama and Auburn to potentially play would be a new fanbase. Might even draw some Mississippi patronage as well.

This place is no more undesirable then Buffalo, Oakland or New York if you aren't the Giants oops, make that New Jersey.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:55 PM
 
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None of the options are good in the poll.
Sorry you feel that way.

In my initial post, I tried to make clear that the entire point was to discuss markets which have no Big-League team at all in any sport.

Apparently not understood, since the majority of the responses discuss markets which already have one (or more) Big-League teams already.

The 5 choices are by some measures among the largest of the non-Big-League Markets.

Why don't you suggest some alternatives?
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:24 PM
 
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Why are people saying Portland for the MLB? Didn't their AAA team fold and their old baseball stadium converted to a soccer field?
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:28 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Raleigh and a baseball team. Good support there, no other teams between Atlanta and DC, doesn't conflict with basketball fans. Lots of young professionals with money
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:39 PM
 
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NFL: Birmingham (Los Angeles had its chance and blew it with two teams, and Alabama supports pro, college, and high school football like a religion)
NBA: Las Vegas (UNLV consistently averages 15K a game, and the hot desert makes other sports less feasible)
MLB: Memphis (Sacramento is more successful in AAA, but Memphis represents a bigger vacuum of the MLB geography.)
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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.
Why shouldn't NFL expand to SLC, Portland, and Birmingham? Sure beats Tokyo, London, or some other market that doesn't give one care about American football. If they were going to choose Canada, I would say Calgary, Vancouver, or Toronto. Maybe some form of CFL/NFL partnership will form down the road.

And number 3 is questionable. How many former SEC players from Auburn and Alabama are in the NFL? A lot. The big question is why they would choose to play in a city like Cleveland or Buffalo instead of their home state. Many NFL players come from all over the southeast. The more southeastern teams the better. The NFL started as a rust belt league, and that's the only reason Buffalo and Green Bay have teams. Too bad Canton, Dayton, and Toledo couldn't keep their teams...

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Old 08-02-2013, 07:45 PM
 
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Inland Empire- There are already enough teams in the Los Angeles market. The only way I could see the Inland Empire acquire a major league franchise would be if a team relocated from Orange County. Putting expansion teams there would oversaturate the Los Angeles sports market. At least the Inland Empire still has Nascar, which is something LA or Orange county doesn't have.
I agree. Why not move the Ducks to the Inland Empire, since the snow resorts in that region are actually IN the Inland Empire, not to mention that attendance for the Orange County teams are sort of low. I have a friend in Riverside who told me that San Bernardino County is more Dodger territory and Riverside County is divided between Angels/Dodgers/Padres fans
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Denver
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NFL: Birmingham (Los Angeles had its chance and blew it with two teams, and Alabama supports pro, college, and high school football like a religion)
NBA: Las Vegas (UNLV consistently averages 15K a game, and the hot desert makes other sports less feasible)
MLB: Memphis (Sacramento is more successful in AAA, but Memphis represents a bigger vacuum of the MLB geography.)
(Triple-A Baseball: Great Cities Great Fans Great Value)
(In Pictures: The 20 Most Valuable Minor-League Baseball Teams - Forbes)
MLB in Memphis is isn't going to happen.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:16 PM
 
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They are part of the LA Market.




NHL: 1. Seattle 2. Portland (Northwest cities have great fanbases which leads to potential growth of the sport) 3. Quebec City (Would have them higher but it's a small market with already an established hockey culture, which means zero growth of the sport)

This is just what i think though.
Way wrong, do you know how mad Quebec City was when they lost their team?
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