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Old 06-23-2011, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Thanks for the correction on the Bombers.

What about the Inferno?

Strange that TWO pro teams moved or halted play in the city 4 or more years ago and no teams have filled the void. The largest city and largest metro in the state has no pro teams. Odd. Seems if a team thought they could make money, they would be in Columbia.
Yada yada yada; how many times must you repeat yourself? Columbia has major college sports. If you're not a USC fan, fine. What about Boston natives that live in New York and are Red Sox/Patriots/Bruins fan? It is the SAME thing.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:48 PM
 
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Yada yada yada; how many times must you repeat yourself? Columbia has major college sports. If you're not a USC fan, fine. What about Boston natives that live in New York and are Red Sox/Patriots/Bruins fan? It is the SAME thing.
So Columbia is like New York? A city that, in baseball alone, has two major league teams AND two minor league teams. SAME thing, all right.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:53 PM
 
Location: under the gervais street bridge
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i think people in the south identify with their state or city more so than their region. Yes there is an overall southern region common bond but then it is broken down to state and city. So it is much easier and more popular for college teams to be huge in the south simply because there is typically a major state university. Notice how many pro teams are even in the south compared to the rest of the US. Also notice how popular the SEC teams are to each state. I guess what i am saying is in the south people would rather watch teams that represent their state over teams that just represent a few states or region. Carolina Panthers are a great team but people in Alabama, Georgia, or Virginia could care less about panthers. Just like people in Kentucky, Arkansas, or Mississippi probably aren't die hard titans fans or even watch the Hawks.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:13 PM
 
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Thanks for the correction on the Bombers.

What about the Inferno?

Strange that TWO pro teams moved or halted play in the city 4 or more years ago and no teams have filled the void. The largest city and largest metro in the state has no pro teams. Odd. Seems if a team thought they could make money, they would be in Columbia.
What's odd? Charlotte lost the Hornets years ago because the city refused to deal with a terrible owner. The team made money and would have had a nice new arena, as MJ now has. But, the owner was terrible, sometimes there are other factors which are relative to the success of a pro or minor league team. If you were interested in anything more than half truths, you may understand. Why did the Greenville Braves leave town? Why did the other Greenville Pro teams leave town?
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Why did the Greenville Braves leave town? Why did the other Greenville Pro teams leave town?
Pearl, Mississippi or wherever they're located now stated they were going to build the stadium with their own money which they did. Greenville wanted the Atlanta Braves to pay a portion of the building costs. I can't remember how much exactly but I do know it was in the "millions of dollars" range. Obviously, that didn't sit really well with them.

Lack of attendance is the main reason why the Grrrowl, Groove, and Rhinos folded or left town sadly. Not that I was much into arena football or basketball anyways. Great to have hockey back at least. I missed that more than anything else.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:16 PM
 
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So Columbia is like New York? A city that, in baseball alone, has two major league teams AND two minor league teams. SAME thing, all right.
It is very simple. There are many people who are true fans of the game. For instance at Panther games, there are many who like the Steelers, Packers, Partiots first because that is where they are from. But, they also like professional football so they go to Panther games. Same thing happens at Bobcat games.

While maybe not as common, there are some who like the college game and will attend without any ties to the school. Some like the atmosphere, tailgating or just watching a good game. I have absolutely no ties to Clemson but, I have been to a lot of games because I like football and some of my friends are Clemson fans.

I do agree that Columbia would be served well with a minor league team, but to say that noone goes to Carolina games because they have no ties to the school is false.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:21 PM
 
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Pearl, Mississippi or wherever they're located now stated they were going to build the stadium with their own money which they did. Greenville wanted the Atlanta Braves to pay a portion of the building costs. I can't remember how much exactly but I do know it was in the "millions of dollars" range. Obviously, that didn't sit really well with them.

Lack of attendance is why the Grrrowl, Groove, and Rhinos left sadly. Not that I was much into arena football or basketball anyways. Great to have hockey back at least. I missed that more than anything else.
Thanks.
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:34 AM
 
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Yada yada yada; how many times must you repeat yourself? Columbia has major college sports. If you're not a USC fan, fine. What about Boston natives that live in New York and are Red Sox/Patriots/Bruins fan? It is the SAME thing.
So what about the 50% of residents in the city that are NOT USC fans? Shouldn't they have options?

Again, just strange the largest metro and largest city doesn't have pro sports.....very strange.
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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You use that a lot: the largest metro and largest city doesn't have... Does that largest thing really bother you that much?
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:37 AM
 
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You use that a lot: the largest metro and largest city doesn't have... Does that largest thing really bother you that much?
Doesn't bother me, does it bother you? Isn't Columbia the largest? You state it all the time. It's all about quality of life, not about size.
The small city I live in has pro sports. Usually, pro sports, busy airports, good shopping, etc, etc comes along as a plus with larger cities. Not the case in SC. I guess South Carolina is an anomaly (a good anomaly in my opinion) seeing how the smaller cities have pro sports and the larger city doesn't.
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