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View Poll Results: Which US City Needs A Professional Sports Franchise?
Las Vegas 31 25.00%
Austin 17 13.71%
Hartford 5 4.03%
New Haven 2 1.61%
Richmond / Virginia Beach 21 16.94%
Birmingham 12 9.68%
Des Moines 6 4.84%
Omaha 4 3.23%
Wichita 0 0%
Louisville 17 13.71%
El Paso 4 3.23%
Tulsa 0 0%
Tucson 1 0.81%
Boise 4 3.23%
Voters: 124. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-08-2014, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Does Boise have enough population base to support any sports team? If they get a pro football team, as long as the field isn't blue. That is one ugly field on tv.
It has a metro area of 600,000. That's very small. The NBA's smallest sports market is Salt Lake City, which has a metro area of 1.1 million. One advantage that Boise, ID does have is that it is very isolated from other major cities, so there won't be any competition if a professional sports franchise located there.
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:25 PM
 
Location: USA
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Does Boise have enough population base to support any sports team? If they get a pro football team, as long as the field isn't blue. That is one ugly field on tv.
Boise's population is roughly 220,000 with a metropolitan population of 650,000. It isn't huge but it's still enough to support a team. Plus Boise is one of the fastest growing cities in that region.
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:55 PM
 
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Did the OP mean Norfolk/VA Beach?
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:58 PM
 
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Norfolk/VA Beach and Grand Rapids
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:02 PM
 
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Austin or Louisville would do the best. On the other hand, both those markets are near markets with major sports teams, so do they need teams? Not really. Omaha is probably lacking excitement... put a team there.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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I'd like to see Iowa get an MLB team. They love their baseball out there in Field of Dreams country.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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Birmingham will never get a pro team in our lifetime.
Alabama football is close to an NFL team at least talent wise... ROLL TIDE
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Vegas is probably the best choice if they can get past the gambling issue. Not big enough for MLB and I don't see an NHL franchise being successful there either, esp when there are several better markets available. NFL is looking at LA and London. But NBA might work, and Silver does not seem as opposed to gambling.

The next one that deserves consideration IMO is Louisville. They had a successful ABA basketball team back in the day, and they have an NBA worthy arena if they could work out a deal w/ U of Louisville.
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Virginia Beach is soon to have a 18,000 seat arena built by 2017, so who knows what'll happen.
Good point, I wouldn't be surprised to see an NBA team in Hampton Roads some time in the near future
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Boise's population is roughly 220,000 with a metropolitan population of 650,000. It isn't huge but it's still enough to support a team.
No, it's way too small, and it's in a state/region that can't pick up the slack.

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Alabama football is close to an NFL team at least talent wise... ROLL TIDE
The worst NFL team would pound Alabama 80-0 if they played. There's no comparison between a team with maybe a dozen NFL players and one with 56 NFL players, not to mention the strength differentials between a 19 year old kid and a grown man who's been eating/lifting with the top trainers on the planet for years.
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