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Old 05-03-2015, 05:58 PM
 
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Here is a list for potential NBA expansion cities from 2011: 10 Potential Cities for NBA Relocation or Expansion | Bleacher Report

And another one from 2012 (when Sacramento was being shopped around) that mentions Austin, but he thinks that El Paso would be a better fit: Sacramento Kings Relocation: 10 Cities Better for the NBA Than Virginia Beach | Bleacher Report
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Took me two hours to drive from north of Austin to downtown San Antonio yesterday, and I stopped for about 30 minutes in the middle.

As I said the reliability statement was based on the links posted earlier in the thread. They did not rate San Antonio for basketball as it already had a team, but for all other teams Austin scored higher which leads one to believe basketball would be the same.
My point is for a sport that takes up a big part of the year with lots of travel back and forth, I don't think it as a smart business decision to put an NBA team 30-45 miles away from the actual city or downtown. I can't of a team that is far from an actual cohesive population. Putting a team in New Braunfels or San Marcos or even Buda is something i think the Spurs will not take into account at any point in time. It's bad enough that we get in it baseball with the Rangers.
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:42 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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Give it time. It's pretty much one continuous built up area from Waco to San Antonio already.
...what?!?!?

That's a new one. Hell, it feels like forever to get from Waco to Temple and they're just 32 miles apart.
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:13 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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The NBA should expand back to Seattle, and maybe Kansas City or Cincinnati. I think they should also reconsider Vancouver to truly have a Northwest Division.

I think Portland has too great of fans (NBA, MLS...) to not have at least one team in either the NFL, NHL, or MLB. I think the NHL needs to consider Portland before they consider Las Vegas.

For MLB, although relocating would be better than expanding considering how watered down the talent is, I like Portland, San Antonio, Memphis/Nashville, and/or Raleigh/Charlotte.

For the NFL, if the league is going to return to Los Angeles, I think it should be the Raiders. California has enough teams. But I think San Antonio, Salt Lake City, and Omaha would make good NFL markets. See the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL, who sold out their games at the 24,000-seat Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium for an ALTERNATIVE league team.

And enough with the competition between the University of Texas and a sports team in Austin. The Longhorns haven't been dominant in the past few years, and the past championship for a major team hasn't been hoisted in 10 years. The city proper alone has over 900,000 people and still has no major league sports team to speak of. What kind of sport should invest in Austin? I think: 1. NBA 2. MLS 3. MLB 4. NHL/NLL/MLL/AFL 5. NFL - which I think is done growing.
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Western SC
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For the NFL, I think LA, Vegas, or Portland would work. If you look at a map, the teams are concentrated towards the east.
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:24 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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For the NFL, I think LA, Vegas, or Portland would work. If you look at a map, the teams are concentrated towards the east.
Yep, that's why a lot of available big cities that could support a pro football team are in the west: Portland, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Tucson maybe, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Omaha, etc.
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I would love to see the NHL go back to Quebec City. It would be great to restart that Habs vs Nordiques rivalry.
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Kansas City and Atlanta are NEVER going to get an NHL team. Atlanta is not meant to be a good hockey market.
I could see KC getting a hockey team at some point, but Atlanta is not a good choice unless some other city just wants to incubate a team there until they get their own arena built, too many failed opportunities for Atlanta in the past, they obviously don't like hockey and letting them try out another team won't change that, better to give a team to Kamloops.
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:47 AM
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Seattle and Vegas are obvious choices for NBA, IMO.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:26 PM
 
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Quite frankly I can't see any city without a current pro sports franchise landing a new NBA team when there are proven sports towns like Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Nashville or Kansas City lacking one. One also has to figure in a 30 team league with six divisions of five that in order to keep any kind of regularity of schedule having at least two new teams start is going to be a necessity. Given the well-documented uproar over the loss of the Sonics and the city's financial demographics Seattle would have to be a shoo-in. I cannot imagine any of the four other cities could be overlooked in favor of a city with no track record with pro franchises (Austin or El Paso) and demographics unlikely to cast enough support consistently (Las Vegas). Nashville has arguably the inside track in my opinion if interested given it's attendance numbers with the NFL and NHL (mid-pack) given it's "smaller market" size.
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