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Old 07-02-2008, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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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)?
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:55 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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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)?
What is my name? That is why.
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:09 AM
 
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As much as i care for El Paso we don't deserve one as we have no NFL Stadium or NBA Arena. Also OKC is a class act as a city and deserves the team.
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Houston
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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)?
If you add in Juarez, then add in Tulsa for OKC. There is more disposable income in Oklahoma City than in El Paso, too. It isn't all about metro numbers.

Still, the NBA is not smart for moving out of a market like Seattle.
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:45 AM
 
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Default I'll tell you why...

El Paso does not have an exceedingly viable economy to support a professional sports team. Tickets cost a lot of money, the majority of jobs in El Paso don't allow for much disposable income.

I went to go see the Astros again recently, and even though my wife obtained free dugout tickets ($200 face value) and free parking (another $25), I still managed to spend over $100 in food and drinks. We took the children, that's the real reason for the $100. If we had to pay for tickets and parking, we would have spent close to $350 for one night out as a family.

But aside from fans purchasing tickets, sports teams depend on sponsors, or corporations to purchase bulk seating, which they in turn give to vendors, and suppliers, contractors, etc. as "freebies" for doing business, or to show appreciation. This is how my wife received hers.

Are there many business in El Paso who will spend anywhere from 50-100K a year on tickets as well as fans to spend a few hundred dollars each month to attend the games, and the city to kick in money as well for a professional sports venue?

Obviously the sports franchises know El Paso can't, and they do their homework. Even for a city the size of Houston, I recall it took a lot of work and commitments, and about 600 million dollars to get NFL back into the city after Bud Adams moved the Oilers to Tennessee.

Houston put their money where their mouth is, they built Reliant Stadium, Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center and they are building a new venue for Soccer. These were partnerships with money from big business who contribute to the city, and the city gives incentives in return, aka partnership.

I don't see that same attitude from El Paso business, or the city of El Paso. Who is El Paso's largest, or most famous employer? Military does not count. Maybe they can name the venue after them... "The House That Troy Built".
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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The Dallas Cowboys have a huge fan base in ELP so I do not think the NFL would ever place a team there. I heard Jerry Jones approached ELP about an Arena team and the council of idiots turned him down.
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:33 AM
 
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This has been discussed in this forum a couple times before. EP simply lacks the fan base and a fan base with disposable moola to support a pro team from any of the four big leagues. And EP's television market is simply too small to generate enough ad revenue. I would say that a AAA baseball team is EP's only real chance, but even that is a stretch. As for filling the stadium/arena with enough fans, we could get the narcos to buy corporate skyboxes. I could see the ad boards now: "This Timeout Brought to You By El Guapo, the Gold-Chain-Wearing 'Trucker' from Sinaloa."
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:37 AM
 
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I am a Soldier in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Sill. I am a NBA fan. I will purchase season tickets for the upcoming NBA season in support of the OKC team.
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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at least an MLS team! I heard somewhere that the city is trying to build a 14,000 seat Stadium for the patriots so we can lure MLS into the area.
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Still, El Paso is too small, though I'm sure soccer is popular there.
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