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Study: 22 other markets could support the NBA

Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 3:38 pm
Posted by Royce Young

David Stern said recently that the league would look at the option of contraction if needed. But according to a study done by On Numbers via Biz Journals, 22 markets in the United States and Canada have the financial wherewithal to support new NBA teams.

Obviously that doesn't mean squat, because the league seems very happy with 30 teams and like I said, might even consider reducing that number if needed. But point is, the NBA could have a number of expansion -- or relocation -- options if needed. Fifty-seven non-NBA markets were evaluated in the study with cities like Las Vegas, Louisville, Seattle, Riverside-San Bernidino, Montreal and even Stamford, CT, leading the way.

What did the study conclude was a number needed to support an NBA team?
An NBA team, according to the study, requires an income base of $34.2 billion for adequate support. Twenty-two open markets are above that threshold, earning perfect scores on a 100-point rating scale.

Seattle, for example, has TPI of $176.1 billion. Its baseball, football and soccer teams need a combined base of $137.5 billion, leaving $38.6 billion in available personal income, more than enough for the NBA.

Now that's just market numbers only. Stern has repeatedly said Seattle would be a viable NBA city again, but there's a problem: It needs a new arena. Places like Stamford, San Bernidino and Richmond don't exactly have NBA-ready arenas for a team. But they could get one I'm sure, if they were looking at an NBA team expanding or relocating their way. 

The league most definitely isn't going to expand any time soon, but the idea here is that the league can make it in a lot of different places. Right now, apparently it's not even in the biggest and best markets as the league claims it's losing some $300 million. 

Think about that though: 22 cities out there have the financial standing to support a franchise. And yet Stern says contraction is an option. What's the problem here? Obviously there are issues to resolve and no professional league wants too many teams in a league because of the revenue splits, but if the league can supposedly support more instead of less, why in the world would contraction be on the table? Something must really be messed up.

That doesn't mean these are ideal markets, but it means that the NBA should be a very profitable business everywhere. Why it's not right now is what the players and owners have to figure out.

Category: NBA

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 1:47 pm

Study: 22 other markets could support the NBA

The problem here is David Stern.  As long as he's the comissioner, things that don't make since will happen.  He seems to be too bull headed to listen to anyone.  He has personal dreams and goals he seems destined to carry out no matter what it does to the sport.  Stern has tried to do too much too fast with the NBA, and it has finally blown up in his face.  Thats what happen when you have a bunch of people who don't really care about the sport and are all about revenue.

Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 7:15 am

Study: 22 other markets could support the NBA

Although the NBA doesn't have the same quality it did back in the glory days (80's-90's) Its far from a "fake" sport.  I guess you consider NASCAR drivers real athletes!!

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2011 2:38 am

Study: 22 other markets could support the NBA

Typical east coast writers.

Where is San Bernidino?

Don't know where it is, don't how to spell it.  Much less, San Bernardino can't support an NBA team.  Perhaps he is referring to the Inland Empire.  For those of you who don't know what that is because you've never travelled east of the Colorado, here you go.  Metro area 
;likely has much higher of a population than any other place in the US you've never heard of.


Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:16 am

Study: 22 other markets could support the NBA

Why not expand to 64 teams and have a "May Madness" every spring. You play 82 games to determine your seeding. Everyone goes to the tournament. Everyone is happy. We can fill out more brackets. What could be better than that?

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:54 pm

Study: 22 other markets could support the NBA

Bring another team to New England. Having a team in stamford would be dope.

Since: Mar 31, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:52 pm

Study: 22 other markets could support the NBA

Maybe the dumbest study I have ever seen. The study rates towns like Stamford, CT and
Calgary, Alberta as OK NBA cities and St. Louis as insufficient. The
study is basing everything on local incomes. You have to look at real world
factors like the fan bases, arenas and sports intensity. St. Louis is a sleepy Midwestern
town BUT it is a proven sports market. Intensity matters, St. Louis is one of
the smallest markets in MLB but the Cardinals draw big crowds because St.
Louisans live for sports. The Blues have never won the Stanley Cup and they
missed the playoffs again last season BUT they were one of the biggest draws in
the NHL while the Rams sold out every home game last season. Just measuring local
incomes does not tell the whole story.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 5:32 am

Study: 22 other markets could support the NBA

Hahaha gotta love the ignorant "relocate or fold the Raptors" talk... Every once in a while someone will mention that and instantly prove that they have not done their homework. The Raptors are one of the more successful teams in the league, financially and attendance wise. If they are in trouble, so is 15+ other teams. Please do some reading before making yourself look foolish, the Hornets are the team in trouble, not the Raptors, not even close. 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:10 pm

Study: 22 other markets could support the NBA

SaintsNation86 , explain to all of us why the Toronto Raptors franchise should be re-located one day? It's a franchise that actually makes money, and people actually attend the games.I don't see being a lottery team and drawing nearly 17,000 fans per game as being re-location worthy.The Grizzlies and your Hornets are pretty much neck in neck in attendance....New Orleans is clearly a city that doesn't care about the NBA, let another market enjoy Chris Paul.If Toronto had a player of his caliber and were a constant playoff threat , the house would be filled to the rafters.

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:06 pm

Study: 22 other markets could support the NBA

Damn Royce Young u cant answer the question of why they dont add more teams?  The talent is already watered down big time, they can't afford to let their quality of play drop even more.  

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:00 pm

Study: 22 other markets could support the NBA

The only problem is that teams would have to go to another planet to find enough talent to support more than 30 teams. As is the league is way watered down.

So maybe an influx of 7 foot martians is the next step.

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