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Old 01-14-2017, 05:31 PM
 
Location: 352
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So much Vegas love. I dont get it, but it is what it is.
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Old 01-15-2017, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Eugene, OR
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LOL...Portland couldn't even keep their arena football league team going


they had a chance to get the Montreal Expos but botched that up as well
Are you being purposefully ignorant?
The majority of all arena football teams shut down last year. Watch the arena bowl and see that basically nobody was there anywhere in the country.
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Old 01-15-2017, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Birmingham for 32nd NHL team?
Birmingham had a WHA team when the Toronto Toros became the Birmingham Bulls, they got left out in the cold with the Cincinnati Stingers at the merger, they both had two things working against them, poor attendance and WHA big wigs were insistant that the 3 Canadian team were in the merger. The New England Whalers were admitted on the condition that they move from Springfield MA to Hartford.
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Old 01-15-2017, 07:21 PM
 
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Birmingham had a WHA team when the Toronto Toros became the Birmingham Bulls, they got left out in the cold with the Cincinnati Stingers at the merger, they both had two things working against them, poor attendance and WHA big wigs were insistant that the 3 Canadian team were in the merger. The New England Whalers were admitted on the condition that they move from Springfield MA to Hartford.
That's not entirely accurate the Whalers were in Springfield because the Hartford Civic Center collapsed in 1978, but they were planing on moving back. They did have to change their name from New England to Hartford by request of the Boston Bruins.
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Old 01-16-2017, 09:10 AM
 
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So I did a thing. It kinda didn't take into account subjective factors like passion and culture, and because of the proximity of certain cities, I wasn't sure. But, in a purely mathematical sense based on population and economic factors, it shows the likelihood of cities/metros without pro sports getting them. In order, here goes.
1 Austin, TX
2 Hampton Roads, VA
3 Louisville, KY
4 Inland Empire, CA
5 Hartford, CT
6 Richmond, VA
7 Providence, RI
8 Birmingham, AL
9 Upstate, SC
10 Grand Rapids, MI
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Old 01-16-2017, 09:16 AM
 
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...the rest:
11 Bridgeport/Stamford, CT*
12 Albuquerque, NM
13 San Juan, PR
14 Rochester, NY
15 Fort Worth, TX*
16 Piedmont Triad, NC
17 Fort Myers, FL
18 Charleston, SC
19 El Paso, TX
20 Tucson, AZ
21 Sarasota, FL*
22 Omaha, NE
23 McAllen, TX
24 Des Moines, IA
25 Fresno, CA
26 Little Rock, AR
27 Long Beach, CA*
28 Harrisburg, PA
29 Columbia, SC
30 Mesa, AZ*
31 Albany, NY
32 Honolulu, HI
33 Colorado Springs, CO
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Old 01-16-2017, 09:30 AM
 
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I can see some of your top 10 cities maybe having a chance (Austin and Louisville come to mind) but lets face it, the second list from 11 to 33 have absolutely no chance. Some are just suburbs of larger cities (Mesa and Long Beach) and others like Colorado Springs are too close to major cities already.
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Old 01-16-2017, 09:57 AM
 
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That's what I figured also. Out of the Top Ten, I see a few that may be able to in a decade or two if many things go their way, those are:
Omaha (Corporate Presence/Passion/Isolation)
El Paso (Market is misleadingly big, kinda*)
Fort Myers (Growth)
Charleston (Growth)
San Juan (think MLS here I would assume, if anything)
Albuquerque (if I was using personal judgement this would be in my top 10)

Austin seems overdue for a team. Hampton Roads and Inland Empire even though they ranked high I don't anticipate having one soon.
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Old 01-16-2017, 10:15 AM
 
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So much Vegas love. I dont get it, but it is what it is.
I agree, it makes zero sense if one considers revenue potential or fan allegiance especially. It's basically a rehash of similar markets in Florida which have proven to be bottom dwellers in terms of franchise performance.
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Old 01-16-2017, 11:42 AM
 
Location: 352
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1 Austin, TX
Austin is booming, but it's still in between Dallas and San Antonio and would be the newest big 5 pro team in 21 years.
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