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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 07-18-2018, 05:37 AM
 
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The city of Richmond commissioned a study to see if it can support pro teams. The conclusion was it can, but it's behind several other cities ranked by cities without a pro team of any sort who can support one:

1) Austin
2) Louisville
3) Norfolk/Hampton Roads
4) Richmond
5) Birmingham
Richmond makes the most sense geographically versus Louisville or Austin which will largely cannibalize existing markets nearby.
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:56 AM
 
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Hartford a MLS Team with an MLS Stadium
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:12 AM
 
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Richmond makes the most sense geographically versus Louisville or Austin which will largely cannibalize existing markets nearby.
Richmond is as close to DC as Louisville is to Cincinnati or Indy. Austin is closer to San Antonio, but Austin also has a metro pop of 2m (vs 1.2m in Richmond).
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Old 07-18-2018, 08:41 AM
 
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Louisville will be a strong contender for an MLS team on its next round of expansions. Louisville currently has a very successful USL team that is building a brand new 13,000 seat soccer stadium. Even though Cincinnati and now Nashville have been announced for MLS expansion teams, Louisville can still get one because MLS teams donít need huge markets and their geographic reach wonít impact nearby clubs.

There is also a strong NBA to Lou movement but I donít see this being successful because I donít think louisvilles market could support an NBA team as Louisville Cardinals of the NCAA is already wildly popular and gets a ton of corporate sponsorship.
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Old 07-18-2018, 11:28 AM
 
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Richmond is as close to DC as Louisville is to Cincinnati or Indy. Austin is closer to San Antonio, but Austin also has a metro pop of 2m (vs 1.2m in Richmond).
Neither Cincinnati or Indianapolis has enough of a population to offset the fan attrition. Austin is also too UT-centric much like Birmingham would be with it's Bama focus.
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Old 07-18-2018, 12:12 PM
 
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Neither Cincinnati or Indianapolis has enough of a population to offset the fan attrition. Austin is also too UT-centric much like Birmingham would be with it's Bama focus.
I think by any of that logic, the Hampton Roads area has a better case than Richmond. Farther from DC, larger population, little competition from college sports. Richmond is just a tough sell to me because DC has every pro sport, with Baltimore then doubling up on MLB and NFL and a cascade of BosWash teams just beyond.

I think Louisville could at least support an NBA team. Kentucky loves basketball, and it doesn't require the crowds that baseball or football do. I also think the NBA could be a good fit for Austin. Other tech/millennial hotbeds (Golden State, Portland) draw well.
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Old 07-18-2018, 02:16 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Can we get a pro team in San Diego? We lost our NBA and NFL teams to LA, and our baseball team hasnít resembled a pro team in ages.

Honestly I donít see any cities listed, now since Vegas has them, getting a pro team anytime soon. Austin would have the best chance, but the other owners in Texas would fight it hard. The same can be said about northern Virginia and the D.C. owners. Any further expansion will probably go cities already with pro teams in different sports.
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:10 PM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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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.
Over 700k actually, and rapidly growing.

SLC MSA is 1.1, but in the case of SLC it makes more sense to use the CSA which is about 2.4 million.

Really, what matters most in Sports is media market size. In that case Boise isn't large enough, it's always been an issue with BSU joining power 5 conferences as well in addition to "academics."

Boise will be getting a USL team, and I could see it possibly supporting a MLS team in the near future.

I don't see Boise getting a big 4 any time soon.
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:04 PM
 
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Isolated is right. Unlike many cities, Boise would have virtually no secondary fanbase outside the Treasure Valley.

I lived there for six years. The idea that Boise would host major professional sports is bizarre. Maybe in four decades when it's 0.4% of the US population instead of 0.2%...actually it'll still be too small due to the tiny local area and tiny secondary catchment.

Also, by then BSU will be in a major conference. BSU in relation to Boise is like UT to Austin or OSU to Columbus...an outsized relationship.
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Old 07-19-2018, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Well Austin very well may have a MLS team within the next two seasons, assuming the move from Columbus comes through. It seems very likely. Outside of MLS, Austin would have a hard time attracting anything aside from maybe NHL. The Spurs play 70 miles down the road and both DFW and Houston have NFL, NBA, and MLB.
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