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Old 11-29-2017, 06:02 AM
 
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I would think the NBA teams most ripe for the picking would be Orlando, Memphis or Milwaukee if San Diego is eyeing snatching an existing team
Orlando just opened the new Amway Center in 2010 and Milwaukee is opening their new arena next year, so I don't foresee them moving, plus the FedEx Forum in Memphis is "only" 13 years old.

Looking at NBA arenas, some of the oldest are being replaced soon, Oakland and Milwaukee. The next oldest are being renovated, Target Center (1990) in Minneapolis and Vivint Smart Home Arena (1991) in Salt Lake City.

The Suns, as you know, are either trying to renovate an already renovated Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix or get a new arena built.

1966 Oracle Arena, Oakland (being replaced with new arena in San Francisco)
1968 Madison Square Garden, New York City
1988 Bradley Center, Milwaukee (being replaced with new arena next door)
1990 Target Center, Minneapolis (being renovated)
1991 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City (being renovated)
1992 Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix (either renovated or replaced)
1994 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland (being renovated)
1994 United Center, Chicago
1995 Moda Center, Portland
1995 TD Garden, Boston
1996 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
1997 Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
1999 Air Canada Centre, Toronto
1999 American Airlines Arena, Miami
1999 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianápolis
1999 Pepsi Center, Denver
1999 Philips Arena, Atlanta (being renovated)
1999 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
1999 Staples Center, Los Angeles
2001 American Airlines Center, Dallas
2002 AT&T Center, San Antonio
2002 Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
2003 Toyota Center, Houston
2004 FedExForum, Memphis
2005 Spectrum Center, Charlotte
2010 Amway Center, Orlando
2012 Barclays Center, Brooklyn
2016 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento
2017 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Looking at the list, yes there are many arenas coming up on their 20th birthdays, but I just don't see NBA teams relocating any time soon. I'm not saying it's impossible, since I don't know all the lease information the teams have, but it looks like most teams with "old" arenas are choosing to renovate or build new ones and signing new long term leases instead of relocating.

San Diego's best bet would probably be the Clippers moving back, but Ballmer doesn't want to leave the 2nd largest TV market for the 29th largest. Plus, I'm not sure San Diego wants to, or has the money to build an NBA sized/quality arena, last I heard they wanted something smaller like 12,000 or seats to host their AHL team the Gulls.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Minneapolis should get an NHL team, certainly before they put another one in the south or in Seattle. The Twin Cities had two hockey teams in the past and they would fill up those arenas on the same night and have enough left-over to pack the Gophers arena and dozens of high-school arenas across the Metro. The two NHL teams would have to be in different conferences so they could meet in the finals, or the deal's off.
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Minneapolis should get an NHL team, certainly before they put another one in the south or in Seattle. The Twin Cities had two hockey teams in the past and they would fill up those arenas on the same night and have enough left-over to pack the Gophers arena and dozens of high-school arenas across the Metro. The two NHL teams would have to be in different conferences so they could meet in the finals, or the deal's off.
Minneapolis HAS an NHL team, the Minnesota Wild
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Old 11-29-2017, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Minneapolis HAS an NHL team, the Minnesota Wild
people from St. Paul will probably take offense to that comment
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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people from St. Paul will probably take offense to that comment
They border each other in the same Metro area, my point stands. And the only two metros with more than one NHL team are NYC (Rangers, Islanders, Devil's) and LA (Kings, Ducks). Greater MSP is nowhere near that population or economic level
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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They border each other in the same Metro area, my point stands. And the only two metros with more than one NHL team are NYC (Rangers, Islanders, Devil's) and LA (Kings, Ducks). Greater MSP is nowhere near that population or economic level
The Twin Cities regularly put 30 to 40 thousand people into hockey arenas across the metro on a single night and did so when there was an NHL and WHA teams, hockey is simply appreciated at a whole other level in Minnesota than most every other city in the US (profs to Michigan and Mass as well), these other US cities are mostly place holders until the novelty wears off...perhaps the Coyotes would draw if they just moved to Minneapolis.
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Please give it a rest.
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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LOL, 73 pages of conjecture and now is the time to give it a rest
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:52 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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people from St. Paul will probably take offense to that comment
If we have to hear that the Texas Rangers are a "Dallas team", even though they're the only major pro sports team that's been on OUR side of the Metroplex since they got here, then I'm sure St. Paul residents can handle it...
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:57 PM
 
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people from St. Paul will probably take offense to that comment
Minneapolis and St. Paul are in the same metro area, twin cities, across the river from each other.
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