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Old 06-06-2010, 12:57 AM
 
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It only has an NBA team when it could certainly have a team in MLB, NFL or the NHL as well. St. Louis, Seattle, Boston, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Denver, Kansas City, Nashville, New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and now Dallas are all smaller than San Antonio and they all have major league teams in more than one sport.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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I dont see much support for an MLB team here. I think we could sustain an NFL team, but I seem to recall that the Alamodome would need massive renovation to suit a team as I am not sure the taxpayers would foot the bill for another stadium.

As a rabid NHL fan, let me just say no to that right now. There are enough struggling teams in the southern U.S. and there are several more suitable places anxious to get teams should one of the southern teams finally bite the bullet and relocate.
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:30 AM
 
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Hawke...just out of curiosity, is loop 1604 currently in a seeming perpetual cone zone?
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:24 AM
 
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San Antonio's DMA rank is #37, and that number is much more critical to a pro sports franchise than the population contained within the corporate city limits of San Antonio.
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:50 AM
 
Location: TX
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Population isn't by any means the only metric used to determine if a pro sports team is viable in a given city. Other metrics include, per capita/household income, size of the media market (as ged_782 has stated), projected area growth, ethnic/racial background, educational attainment of the population, etc. San Antonio is weak on several of those.

Also, San Antonio is overwhelmingly Hispanic (Mexican-American) and there is the perception that as an ethnic group they are only interested in some sports vastly more than others (i.e. soccer) and that they are an education/income weak group. I'm not saying that I agree with or hold that perception myself.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:33 AM
 
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There was hope about 3-4 years ago about getting the Florida Marlins to move here, you can search the boards for that discussion. SA had good buzz after being the good guy in the H. Katrina aftermath, and we were in the spotlight. They were talking about locations, possibly Retama Park so it would be easy access to Austin and SA, but the idea was eventually turned down by the Florida owners because they got what they wanted from the city of Miami, a new ballpark. Would LOVE to have MLB here! :-)
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:42 AM
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The main reason there's not an NFL team in San Antonio is that the Dallas and Houson franchises wouldn't allow it. It would take away some of their audience. Houston wouldn't allow an MLB team here.
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Pipe Creek, TX
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I really wanted the Saints to move to San Antonio, but I love New Orleans and Louisiana and I think it was a solid decision to leave them in NOLA.
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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We can hardly sustain the rampage (AHL?) as it is. The Missions (AAA?) are so-so and we had a failed Canadian football league team in the mid 90s that tanked. And two mayors ago we had a major push for a MLS team. It was a messss. So, we've tried all of the above.
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:44 PM
 
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Well our past city leaders did not care about other sports, i am still angry at Henry Cisenros for making the alamodome unable to use for baseball. Bonehead move on his part, and also it upsetting that everyone here is a cowboys fan. Jerry Jones does not care about SA having a team, he just wants your money.
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