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View Poll Results: What city can support it?
Montreal 16 20.25%
Portland 22 27.85%
San Antonio 12 15.19%
Charlotte 28 35.44%
Albuquerque 1 1.27%
Salt Lake City 3 3.80%
Las Vegas 10 12.66%
(Other) Write in comments 8 10.13%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 79. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-19-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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If the Rays are moving, they should stay in Florida. Jacksonville would be the best spot since they already have the Suns and their ballpark; it could just be upgraded to MLB standards.
If MLB wouldn't work in Tampa, it most definitely wouldn't work in Jacksonville. Too small of a market.
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Old 11-19-2014, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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More than Charlotte, San Antonio, and Montreal...?
I don't think Montreal wants it. I think Portland would get it over San Antonio and Charlotte though.

Portland and Sacramento are two candidates. What hurts Sacramento is the fact there are two teams right down the road from there. I don't know if Charlotte's market is big enough just yet to support three teams. They do have the corporate presence to support it though.
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Old 11-19-2014, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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I don't think Montreal wants it. I think Portland would get it over San Antonio and Charlotte though.

Portland and Sacramento are two candidates. What hurts Sacramento is the fact there are two teams right down the road from there. I don't know if Charlotte's market is big enough just yet to support three teams. They do have the corporate presence to support it though.
Sacramento will never get a major league team here. There is no corporate base and the city just spent $477 million on an arena. Unless it gets privately financed, there is no way MLB comes here.
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Old 11-19-2014, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Sacramento will never get a major league team here. There is no corporate base and the city just spent $477 million on an arena. Unless it gets privately financed, there is no way MLB comes here.
Not a surprise. Forgot about the arena thing too. In that case, you're right. They will never get a team.
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:55 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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I don't think Montreal wants it. I think Portland would get it over San Antonio and Charlotte though.

Portland and Sacramento are two candidates. What hurts Sacramento is the fact there are two teams right down the road from there. I don't know if Charlotte's market is big enough just yet to support three teams. They do have the corporate presence to support it though.
And the fact that there are like a million teams in Cali, already...
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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And the fact that there are like a million teams in Cali, already...
There are 5 teams.
And don't call California "Cali". Cali is a city in Colombia
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:28 PM
JJG
 
Location: Fort Worth
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There are 5 teams.
And don't call California "Cali". Cali is a city in Colombia
Gee... you don't say...
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Old 11-20-2014, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
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Keep in mind also that urban area is much more tightly defined geographically than metro and especially media market. Urban area is where any club will get the bulk of its fan base, but Charlotte can play off a much larger metro and media market footprint than cities like Baltimore can. There are a lot of semi-large metros within abt 90 minutes that nicely ring the area (Greenville SC, Spartanburg, Greensboro, etc.).

The only external hurdle for MLB that I can see over the next 10-15 years is probably MLS. That's been gaining a lot of traction over the last 10 years and investors have been bidding up franchise values, so it's clearly seen as desirable. It has lower startup and operating costs and is growing at a faster clip because it's not mature. 10-15 years ago many had doubts the league would be viable in the long term. Now it is probably the a fringe top 10 league in the world in terms of top to bottom talent and finances. It's not going to be a top 5 soccer league anytime soon, but I could see it moving up to top 6-7 status and being a much bigger deal by the time Charlotte is MLB ready. It could also fit on the current site of the Knights ballpark and probably re-use a decent chunk of it.

NC seems to have taken to soccer too. More up around the Research Triangle (where I ultimately expect an MLS team to go), but I could see Charlotte in that mix if Raleigh-Durham doesn't work out. Especially considering MLS' desire to "round out" their geographic footprint. They'll have DAL, HOU, MIA, ORL, ATL soon, but a big gaping hole in the Carolinas with the closest teams further north in Columbus OH and DC.
Not necessarily, the Baltimore Orioles currently own the cable channel for both the Orioles and Washington Nationals. Combined, the Baltimore/Washington area is one of the largest media markets in the country.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:09 PM
 
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If MLB wouldn't work in Tampa, it most definitely wouldn't work in Jacksonville. Too small of a market.
Then how does it work in Milwaukee? They have the 8th best attendance in the league. It's not about market size; Tampa just doesn't support their team.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:52 PM
 
Location: LoS ScAnDaLoUs KiLLa CaLI
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I honestly think Montreal is going to get the Expos back first.

Let me ask you guys a question: do most of you guys even watch baseball? Would you go to a game?
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