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Old 05-02-2015, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I didn't mean to say that Austin couldn't support a professional team, but football would probably be a hard sell. NBA or NHL would probably be the best for Austin.
4th NBA team in Texas with one being 80 miles apart and that one now basically one of the great franchises in NBA history? I doubt it. MLS and NHL could work. I don't see the NBA and especially NFL. UT will see to that. While Austin is not a college town like Athens or Chapel Hill, UT sports still own that market and that market is not that big.
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Old 05-02-2015, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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The Carolinas need a baseball team. That is probably the most glaring one. Of course football in Los Angeles, but that will happen in due time.
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Old 05-02-2015, 02:44 PM
 
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What I always wondered was how Utah has the Utah Jazz. Salt Lake City is not that big at all.
It's not about size, besides the Utah Jazz are year in/year out among the top 10 or so for attendance over teams in much larger markets.
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Old 05-02-2015, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Omaha?
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Old 05-02-2015, 03:22 PM
 
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4th NBA team in Texas with one being 80 miles apart and that one now basically one of the great franchises in NBA history? I doubt it. MLS and NHL could work. I don't see the NBA and especially NFL. UT will see to that. While Austin is not a college town like Athens or Chapel Hill, UT sports still own that market and that market is not that big.
Similar to 4 NBA teams in California with 3 of them less than 80 miles apart. Austin is large enough to support its own NBA team - UT basketball isn't all that big/important.
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Old 05-02-2015, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Similar to 4 NBA teams in California with 3 of them less than 80 miles apart. Austin is large enough to support its own NBA team - UT basketball isn't all that big/important.
There are two NBA teams in Southern California and two in Northern California.

Three of them aren't within 80 miles of one another. That is not possible. The other thing is that Sacramento has a team but its size is roughly the same as a San Antonio or Austin as it is, the team 80 miles from Sacramento would be the Golden State Warriors. They are there because they are in a massive San Francisco Bay Area market, which is the 5th or 6th largest media market in the country after New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas/Fort Worth and/or Philadelphia.
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:03 PM
 
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There are two NBA teams in Southern California and two in Northern California.

Three of them aren't within 80 miles of one another. That is not possible. The other thing is that Sacramento has a team but its size is roughly the same as a San Antonio or Austin as it is, the team 80 miles from Sacramento would be the Golden State Warriors. They are there because they are in a massive San Francisco Bay Area market, which is the 5th or 6th largest media market in the country after New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas/Fort Worth and/or Philadelphia.
I meant 2 in SoCal...sorry. But the 2 in NoCal are more similar to Austin/San Antonio. Texas is large enough for 4 teams much as California is.

I do think that Austin could support an NBA team. It has the local population necessary and they would undoubtedly give massive support to their first professional sports team.
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:39 PM
 
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I meant 2 in SoCal...sorry. But the 2 in NoCal are more similar to Austin/San Antonio. Texas is large enough for 4 teams much as California is.

I do think that Austin could support an NBA team. It has the local population necessary and they would undoubtedly give massive support to their first professional sports team.
I don't know, as UT Men's and Women's Basketball seems to be pretty big in Austin. It work in terms of getting an NBA team, but there would be some competition.

An out of the box suggestion would be a MLS team in Rochester NY, as they already have a Soccer specific stadium that could expand, when ready. They support the current team that plays there and would have nearby metros that could offer more fan support.
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Old 05-02-2015, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I don't know, as UT Men's and Women's Basketball seems to be pretty big in Austin. It work in terms of getting an NBA team, but there would be some competition.

An out of the box suggestion would be a MLS team in Rochester NY, as they already have a Soccer specific stadium that could expand, when ready. They support the current team that plays there and would have nearby metros that could offer more fan support.
No UT Men's and Women's basketball isn't that big though the potential is there for it to be bigger. What hurts Austin is the proximity to three other large markets and it's barely even a top 50 market. What hurts Austin for NFL is simply UT football.
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Old 05-02-2015, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Similar to 4 NBA teams in California with 3 of them less than 80 miles apart. Austin is large enough to support its own NBA team - UT basketball isn't all that big/important.
The major difference is that all the markets in California that has an NBA team are in the top 20. Austin is number 49.
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