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Old 07-03-2008, 02:43 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Soccer is popular because of Mexico.. so it should do well.
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Old 07-03-2008, 03:14 PM
 
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One of the El Paso Times blogs just happen to talk about this as well. Hmmmm maybe they read this particular forum too.

Best of Times (http://elpasotimes.typepad.com/best/ - broken link)
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Old 07-03-2008, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Houston
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What the hell was that?
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:03 PM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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Seriously, Our metropolitan area has 2.3 million people including Juarez. Our city is way bigger than Oklahoma city. Why don't we have some kind of Major League team like MBA, NFL or something? I know for certain that El Paso can support at least an MLS team.
What is wrong with this city (other than our "small town" attitude) that we cant get any attractions that arent as sad as Western playland (which isnt even in el paso anymore)?
As mentioned, I assume the US TV market share is not big enough in El Paso and that many people wont be able to afford the tickets OK city will attract fans from all over the state and Tulsa is only a short drive away.
I know that even Las Vegas is having a hard time attracting an NBA team, but that is also due to the gambling stigma. Las Vegas is almost up to 2 mil with NO pro team!

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Old 07-03-2008, 08:22 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Texas already has 3 NBA teams. If the NBA wanted Texas to have another team, Austin would be the logical choice, but then being so close to Spurs country would be overkill. Now it could be argued that since El Paso is so far away from the rest of Texas, it should be a logical fit. In reality Albuquerque would be a better choice because of it central location and the ability to bring in fans from El Paso and Santa Fe.

The two main reason Oklahoma City was chosen was one; they were a proven market showing tremendous support for the displaced Hornets team out of NO. Second, they lobbied and presented the best package to the NBA. El Paso wasn't in the running because they never pursued the sonics in the first place, and had they there is no way we would have beat out Oklahoma City.

Also remember there are several large market cities that don't have an NBA team, just to name a few, Kansas City, St Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.

Be happy, I would rather be in El Paso without an NBA team than in Oklahoma City with one.

Besides, the Miners and the Sun Bowl have more significance and history than a transitory thug riddled NBA team.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:16 PM
 
Location: The State Of California
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Default Alright have a seat and let me aswer all of your questions

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Seriously, Our metropolitan area has 2.3 million people including Juarez. Our city is way bigger than Oklahoma city. Why don't we have some kind of Major League team like MBA, NFL or something? I know for certain that El Paso can support at least an MLS team.

.......The first tier level "professional sports teams" NFL.....MLB...NBA..NHL...would never look at El Paso (or) Albuquerque at this time because neither city have any (Billionaires) movers and shakers to own the teams to begin with (or) for that matter any fortune 500 Corporations for naming rights and huge chunks of corporate tickets blocks.

What is wrong with this city (other than our "small town" attitude) that we cant get any attractions that arent as sad as Western playland (which isnt even in el paso anymore)?
......El Paso and Albuquerque both would loss in head to head competition against Oklahoma City and Tulsa Oklahoma because OKC has two (2) Fortune 500 Corporations and Tulsa OK has three (3) Fortune 500 Corp. Plus both cities have lots of (Billionairs) movers and shakers potential team owners and (Major League Type Venues) whereas El Paso and Albuquerque "has none"....it has nothing to Do With Your Attitude...
But It Does Have everything In The World To Do With Your City Council And Mayor Attitudes.

..............Because of the popularity of MLS in Mexico...that would be a perfect fit for EL PASO and ALBUQUERQUE if the people in that area have the heart and stomach to build a 14,000 to 20,000 MLS arena....
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Old 07-04-2008, 12:31 AM
 
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Ok just for fun if El Paso did have an NBA team what would our nickname be?

My suggestions...

El Paso Scorpions
El Paso Blaze
El Paso Ghost Riders
EL Paso Stallions

some funny ones..

EL Paso Amigos
El Paso Chicos Tacos
El Paso Dust Storms
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Old 07-04-2008, 12:33 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Ok just for fun if El Paso did have an NBA team what would our nickname be?

My suggestions...

El Paso Scorpions
El Paso Blaze
El Paso Ghost Riders
EL Paso Stallions

some funny ones..

EL Paso Amigos
El Paso Chicos Tacos
El Paso Dust Storms
We have done this already.. lets not do it again.
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Old 07-04-2008, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Las Cruces, NM
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Oklahoma City is a huge city, plus i think OKC did good when the New Orleans Hornets moved there during Hurricane Katrina. EL Paso getting a pro sports team, lol that's a good one!
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Old 07-04-2008, 09:14 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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its cause El Paso,Albuquerque,and Tucson are stuck in the past, they dont really see too far into the future with anything, cities in the midwest have that can do attitude.
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