Saturday, March 17, 2018

Two Ballclubs per Ballpark

Hot Stove like Hell !!!!!

Let's envision a time well down the road when big league baseball has expanded to cities now craving it, and a time which continually is saturated in the minor league landscape.

There's a solution, albeit overly simple.  And you'll be able to see how I play with it.  Just use parks in use now.  Instead of half the time being used, use it full time with two teams.  Logistically tricky for sure, but not impossible.

Let's do the Triple-A teams
Wikipedia, I love you.  Swap Colorado for San Antonio for up-to-date

Now, make up some new teams that share these stadiums.  Here are some.
Don't forget.  I talked about sharing the big club ballpark also.

Friday, March 16, 2018

MLB's Central Texas Sidewinders minor league Affiliates

*existing ball park
AAA:  Pensacola Beached Pandas *
AA:  Lubbock Bomb Squad *
A: Cincinnati Masters (Mason, OH)

Rookie advanced: Madison County 75ers (Richmond, KY*college (refurbish))

Can this be a more inclusive thing for El Paso,...or do the Rangers have that covered?
San Antonio and Austin otherwise would vie for the naming.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Outdoor Classics. Alternative Places

In less than a year, at Notre Dame's football stadium, the Blackhawks will take on the Bruins - the NHL in Indiana.  College football has hosted before in Michigan.  Where else could you see or would you like to see such a game played?  Ohio State?  ECHL's Cyclones at Nippert.  The NHL is doing a good job with it, particularly the Stadium Series.  All the New York met teams got to play at Yankee Stadium over the series of two dates.

We can really screw around with the thought, and do baseball inside of football stadiums.  MLB's Rangers occasionally play in San Antonio's Alamodome, which was built to lure football, and landed the Spurs for years.  So, whatcha' thinkin'?
Brewers at Green Bay ?  Take on the Sox or Cubbies.  Would they do astroturf-like basepadding, as in just having sand near the bases?  Cubs at Soldier Field?  I bet it'd be too tough to do Reds baseball at Nippert.

Basketball has to do outdoor NBA sometime soon, right?  Bulls at Wrigley.  The Pacers could go with the old field that hosted the minors, as well as Negro League ball.  Now it's a neat apartment complex.

Celtics and Lakers at Wimbledon or the Nets-Knicks at the New York Open ?  Maybe the NFL can do something coy with the preseason.  Think like the Browns and Bengals playing at the Ohio State Fairgrounds at the Columbus Crew.

NCAA-wise, my Bearcats need to play the hardwood on the football field.  Xavier and UC could do Great American Ball Park for the Crosstown Showdown Crosstown Shootout deal.  It would plainly be awesome as even as exhibition in the Summer.  The Aircraft Carrier stuff done in college bball is aesthetic as hell.  click:

Outdoor NBA Series

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

MLB's Utah Lakers minor league Affiliations

*shared stadium of existing pro team

AAA: Austin Cattlemen*
AA: Texas Fishermen (Round Rock* (Austin) and San Antonio*)
A advanced: California Shipping (Stockton*)
A:  Brooklyn Trollies *
Rookie advanced: Clermont Eagles (Ohio)

click: The Pitch: Utah MLB

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

MLB's Indiana Farmers minor league Affiliates

*existing stadium

AAA:  Columbia Beans *
AA:  Northside Bears * with the Indians theoretically as the affiliate of the Pirates if need be,                                                  or on my warboard these guys play in Indianapolis and Wrigley Field
A-adv: Riverside Niners*
A:  Savannah Army Sailors *
Rookie Adv:  Montanamen (Billings*)

I got more use out of existing facilities and some cities promoted as such

Monday, March 12, 2018

MLB's Tennessee Truckers Farm System

In my fantasy land a major league franchise plays in two tidy 35k seat ballyards, one in Memphis, the other in Nashville.  They go by the name Truckers, and it's a killer apparel line nation-wide, especially for the generic apparel not necessarily yelling a Tennessee call.  Bonus for them bucks and the franchise.  By the way, Bucks, as I argue for any Milwaukee NBA relocation, would probably have much the same effect.  But hey, I'll be a touch more original for the sake of it.

In an event that any of these expansions didn't include Portland, ...that Oregon metropolis could use a Triple-A squad.  The Sounds could even transfer out of Nashville to there.  But I like this idea:  When the Truckers are away at their other camp in Memphis or at an away park, a Triple-A Tennessee brand of the Bucks or Mountaineers could play in Nashville.  Memphis to Nashville and vice versa, even spending some time in the Sounds stadium (which could also house Appalachian League teams or any other minor league really).  Tag-team the big ball and smaller ball clubs in the same facilities.

Logistically (schedule-wise), this is all easier said than done, but the Double-A's could be thrown in this absence mix. Between the two "ex" Triple-A ballparks in Memphis and Nashville this can be done.  4 high level pro parks in Tennessee.  Again, away games being other teams' home games.

The Dragon's venue in downtown Dayton could host such any extra squad, perhaps another A-ball club.  The Ohio Pilots or Ohio Oaks sounds nice.  In my scenarios so far though, I have the Oaks as the Montreal's Double-A farm.  So, I'll move along.  But essentially, the Cardinals and A's affiliates don't necessarily have to vacate altogether.

We can say their double-A ball brand could be the Kentucky Wingers, housed in a ball park at Ft. Campbell, much like the one that was standing for the Fort Bragg game.  The Wingers could play there and part-time at other places such as the existing structures in Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green.  Stretching this schpeal out more, I blog envision Appalachian League teams out in Eastern Kentucky.

So many A-ball facilitation possibilities.   But here's the overall for thought's sake:
   Here it is for the A-balls of the Tennessee Truckers
Tennessee Mountaineers*, Kentucky Wingers (some*
Salem Patriots (*Virginia), Ohio Norsemen (*Columbus)
The Greenville Reds rookie league team could share their rookie league yard with the Greenville Fightin' Apps (Appalachians)

*existing stadiums

Sunday, March 11, 2018

No Two Teams - MLB *Expanded

This is a post concerning proximity.

Would the Mets go to Buffalo and keep the name ?
Would the White Sox shove on over to Indianapolis ?
Angels California again up to Sacramento or Portland ?
        West Coast Angels part-timing in Oregon...?

Okay, all that atop was from the first post.  For all intents and purposes the Giants/A's and Nats/Orioles are packed into vehicular contiguous metros.  And so, I'll pretend with cruelty to Oakland and Orioles land in a benevolent effort to spread some MLB love, I have to relocate those O' no's to somewhere else, presuming the ilk of Buffalo, Indy and Portland having been taken care of by this point.

Getty Images, Built for the Miami Marlins 20 years after the Florida Marlins started.
Many of us think Montreal.  That's boring to me, and I'd be lying if I said I cared.  I'd personally only move have a team there as a share with Vancouver.  The O-birds are rebranded the North Country Lumber'Jacks.  The 'Jacks will be able to take on the San Antonio Athletics.  I want to say Austin Athletics.  But can I?

The likes of Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Omaha and New Orleans may live a life climbing up the century.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

No Two Teams - NBA

If a city can't have two teams...

For snips and wiggles:
Clippers to Seattle.  West Coast Clippers

Nets go where?  Brooklyn seems fit, but we're arguing here ......
                 and so we'll argue for space and separation above population.....
      Louisville Nets

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Pitch: Utah MLB

3 Baseball Stadiums of Greater Salt Lake
And I'm looking to implicate the state of Utah, namely its capital and regional population hub of SLC, as a major league capable baseball home.

A stadium with over 8,250 seats and another with 5,000.
And Triple-A ball affiliate for the Angels of Los Angeles houses 14,500 seats at SLC for the Bees.

So, for 3 pro teams located in the state, to include the SLC Bees, that over 27,750 seats between 3 ballparks in a 70 mile stretch in a metropolis virtually in no-man's land.
The Rockies could use some competition in their backyard.  Salt Lake Mountaineers do the trick?  Maybe some fishy Utah Lakers?

Geographically, I spy Albuquerque in the neighborhood.  Well, region.  Utah is double the pop. of that of New Mexico.  So, there you have it.  I figure by the time New Mexico has a big league club, they have a robust enough population to house their own affiliates while the big leaguers are on a road trip.  Baseball could be world wide on a promotion-relegation system by then.

Back to Utah.  Building a slightly higher priced ticket in a 30k seat expandable-friendly construct'able (add additions) fashion in Salt Lake City, if it's a beauty to look at, is doable.  What complicates this fantasy is the pecking order, with metropolises like Omaha, OKC and population centers like San Antonio (double that of SLC).  And SLC doesn't have a city like Austin within a hundred miles.  Yet the heart of Utah has the edge of population and elbow room over greater Omaha.  And give or take it's the same population of Oklahoma, which could be in Royals territory (as is Omaha) or leaning to Ranger nation (more aptly to be called Ranger region in that regard).

If you're in Utah, you're no Vancouver.  Or Portland or Charlotte.  You are Olympic caliber a la the 2002 Winter games.

No, you won't be in the next round of expansion.  But long-term planning ahead of time can do some good for groundwork.  Have your pitch in your pocket.  Let others scramble.

Salt Lake City: Visiting the Possibility of more Pro Sports

Thursday, March 8, 2018

MLB's Omaha Oaks farm Teams

*existing ball park
                                                                                 Sometime down the road
AAA:  Tucson Sun Rays *
AA:  Central Texas Mustangs (***Temple)
A-advanced: Tallahassee Caps
A: Middletown Roadsters (Ohio)
Rookie advanced: Boise Band *

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

MLB's Oklahoma Pilots minor league farm system

When all is right with the world, further into the future.

  Minor Leagues                                                                        *shared stadium of existing pro team
Pacific: Sur Toros (*Monterrey, Mexico)

AA:  Temple Tankers in Texas

A-Advanced:  Florida Sharks (*St. Petersburg)
A:  Lincoln Loggers outside* of Omaha

Rookie-Advanced:  Wyoming Truckers

The Oklahoma Dodgers (AAA) will vacate part-time into Los Angeles and be re-coined the California-Oklahoma Express as the LA Dodgers affiliate.   Imagine, C.O. Railroad taking on the Round Rock Express from Trip-A action.  Or maybe even swap out Monterrey for the Trip-A team in the future.  The fictionally created Temple Tankers could become the Tank Dodgers and that would be the switch for the existing Tulsa Drillers franchise which I'd like renamed Tulsa Aviation or the Tulsa Planes.

MLB's Portland Pioneers Farm System

Montreal Expos minor league farm system


Monday, March 5, 2018

Smart Space

I concede that I don't much mind the fact that the NFL and MLB aren't playing in the same spaces anymore.  It started with Camden Yard in Baltimore.  It started a beautiful revival to help us all get a little more Wrigleyville.  Oakland Coliseum is the last big league football-baseball stadium standing.  And it is a wedge of contention that drove the Raiders to Las Vegas.

How much it has done for taxpayers and the environment is probably another thing altogether.  It happened easily with baseball and football.  And though the square size barely changes with both kinds of football, a league is insisting upon soccer-only venues. FC Cincinnati at Nippert or Paul Brown Stadium is fine.  But it is what it is.

 As multipurpose stadiums were rarely ideal for both sports usually housed in them, they had fallen out of favor by the 1990s. With the completion of the Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City in 1973, a model for purpose-built stadiums was laid down. Since Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened in 1992, most major league sports stadiums have been built specifically for one sport.   -wikipedia below
Back in my boyhood, the Reds and Bengals played at the same stadium.  The Pirates and Steelers did the same.  Cards-Football Cards.  Mariners-Seahawks. Astros-Oilers.  You get the picture.  A lot of the big league cities did.

Get some idea of how converting arenas and fields is done:

Yankee Stadium is used by NYCFC.

NHL-NBA space collaboration:
Take a look at some of these figures from a few years back of the 10 arenas touting these Big 2:

So, my questions:

Can we play soccer and football at the same stadiums ?   And, can we do indoor (arena) football, basketball and hockey in the same ones? -insert pic of Native American crying

For that matter, can we share the away game time with another team in "our" stadium, amounting to baseball about every day and football/futbol each week?  Check out my posts about sharing minor league (and independent league) and major league parks.

A parking area could be a sportsplex of 3 stadiums (2 stadiums and one arena).  Sure, in America, baseball stands alone indeed.  The Big Five could be housed in one area.  Imagine the Seattle tripleplex
In one fell swoop of arena dealing, Seattle stands to doubletap into the Big Five.

click:  MLB/MiLB growth could foot the Bill for Independent League Stadiums

Sunday, March 4, 2018

NHL cities before Milwaukee

I love the combination of camps for Milwaukee and Cleveland in being called Great Lakes.
What would be a good moniker for that?  The Fleet?  Shoremen.  Armada (that sounds like an excellent MLS name).  Shippers?  Great Lakes SC ?

Expansion Inside the Park

Check out this index of ongoings inside the park.

While Miller Park upgraded concessions, nothing to say of a new American Association stadium and team for Milwaukee.

Check out other future ballpark plans in their right-hand side index.Mobile AL team moving to Huntsville area.  Click:  2020-opening-planned

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Roving Training Camps a good Marketing Idea ?

Just look at all the Cowboys and Texans camps over the American landscape:

Where would you put your team's camp if it had to be other than the home city?
What about outside of the region ?

For my, err beloved Bengals I'll spitball Dayton regionally and for outside of the region....oh, I'll say Louisville since it looks like Colts Country could otherwise be more welcoming.  Pic below.
Gunning out west I might go for Boise out near Seahawks turf, but to be safer I might go for Salk Lake City for training camp.  Denver Broncos should audible at Omaha.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

MLB/MiLB growth could foot the Bill for Independent League Stadiums

Some of the bill anyway.
And this could happen because of the need for new A-ball clubs.

Could this be the solution for American baseball saturation?

Whether the A-advanced teams in the California, Carolina or Florida State League teams, or the Class-A South Atlantic or Midwest Leagues, when a MLB expansion causes a need for up to 12 new teams in the pro ranks, unless there's going to be agreements to park prospects under a shared franchise, like how the NHL does for some "farm" teams, there become a lot more moving parts across the American landscape.  That might mean a lot of stadiums in newer markets where likely other leagues are already parked, like the Pecos League in Tucson.  There may be too much saturation to bare multiple ballparks everywhere.

While this should help the independent leagues thrive, it shouldn't be so much as a slow hostile takeover.  Perhaps MLB-MiLB could lease gametimes with some gate and concession share from the likes of the American Association and/or Frontier League, agreements at hotstove time.  No fire sales happen.
University of Cincinnati Health Field in Florence, Kentucky (Frontier League)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

No Two Teams - MLS

LAFC and NYCFC is too much for a Major League Soccer brand efforting to spread across the map.  And even if you were going to double up, be the league outside of baseball that doubles up in Chicago.  Fire v. the Shield is great stuff.

These generic Insert-FCs can go about anywhere.  Let's pretend the coming-soon expansions take care of Sacramento and Cincinnati.  And damn, let me pretend a charter franchise like the C-Bus is okay.

So, I'm moving the above bad boys to my wish for Texas Exited FC in San Marcos as an inbetween weekly trek for San Antonio and Austin.

And the Detroit Arsenal.
Hey MLS.  Downtown San Marcos.  Yeah.  Do it.

Monday, February 26, 2018

No Two Teams - NFL

Canadian Power - formerly the LA Chargers

Portland Jets or Giants for industry or redwoods, respectively.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Fictional new Pioneer League team at Bakkan Oil Fields

Dakota Diesel or Bakkan Boomers are neat names.
Oilers could evoke more support from the transient workers.  Naming them the American Oilers would be appropriate for a long-time following.

Something else ring better?  How does North Dakota American Outlanders sound ?  Motorcycle gang looking uniforms.  Dakota Blue Collars ?

The boom town around Williston, of shale oil economy, needs more constructive stuff to do with off time.  And it doesn't get much more American than baseball.

MLB's Portland Pioneers Farm System

Saturday, February 24, 2018

MLB's Carolina Cougars Farm System

Charlotte AAA
Carolina Cougars
When all is right with the world, further into the future.

  Minor Leagues                                                                        *shared stadium of existing pro team

International:  Carolina Lumber Co. *home of the Knights
AA:  East Coast Colonials (*Myrtle Beach)
A-Advanced:  Fort Bragg Bad Boys *

A: Greenbrier Windfarmers

Rookie-Advanced:  Greenbrier Green Cougars

White Sox affiliation won't totally vacate Charlotte in the city's promotion to the big leagues.  In this schemed up spit-balling, I rebrand the Charlotte Knights as the Southside Swingers, using Charlotte's now multi-team MiLB ballpark and their MLB Comisky Park as home-camp parks of play in the International (AAA) League.

In this current series of future MLB team posts, the Montreal Expos have their Appalachian League Rookie-Advanced affiliate Charlotte Internationals playing their minor league ball in this newer downtown Charlotte stadium (with the above Southside Swingers).  The A-Advanced Ft. Bragg Bad Boys could split some time here too.  

2 trip-A and perhaps 2 other farm clubs playing here can account for major butt occupancy in seats and better use of the existing environment.  And this of course includes the new small stadium built on Ft. Bragg by Major League Baseball.  Season tickets?  Think multipacks.

Who could some MiLB affiliate cities be for the likes of Charlotte MLB ?

MLB's Portland Pioneers Farm System

Montreal Expos minor league farm system

Friday, February 23, 2018

MLB's Portland Pioneers Farm System

When all is right with the world, further into the future.

   Minor Leagues
                                                                        *shared stadium of existing pro team
Pacific:  Vancouver Mounties (*, and/or BC Place)

AA: Waco Roundtrippers 
A-Advanced:  Washington County HillKings (*Hillsboro (Portland))
A:  Tri-State Riders (*Florence, KY(Cincinnati area))

Rookie-Advanced:  Bakkan Field Outlanders in Williston, North Dakota

click those below

Who could some MiLB affiliate cities be for the likes of Portland MLB ?

Montreal Expos minor league farm system

MLB's Carolina Cougars Farm System


Thursday, February 22, 2018

More Exciting MLB ??? Carolina Cougars or Tennessee Truckers

Would two stadiums across the state for one team be more exciting (Memphis, Nashville), or a two-state named team based in Charlotte ?

Will it be Carolina Colonials or Cougars and the Portland Pioneers for the next expansion?

Tennessee Trucking      sounds so phenomenal

You'll notice I'm on a bit of a kick - a team named Lumber.
So many that would sound good with it.

Louisville Lumber
Carolina Lumber Co.
Tennessee Lumber
Who would take that name?
My tag team cities idea blogged about before for Vancouver and Montreal of North Country Lumber'Jacks is a good'un.  It's Super Expansion.

Charlotte: Visiting the Possibility of more Pro Sports

Minor League Saturation issue and a Second Franchise for your City

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

NBA Cities before Kansas-St. Louis Showmen

Nifty Newer Arena awaits in Kansas City.  Surely, St. Louis could take hoops on a part-time basis.  This relationship stood before with the NBA's Kings franchise with the cities of KC, Omaha and Saint Louey before the move to Sacramento.

The Show Me State
What're some good names for the place of play that once touted the Kansas City Omaha Kings ?  ShowMe State Showmen ?  KC Louis Ramblers ?  Missouri Diesel ?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Should Short-Season Baseball leagues become Split-Season with Honolulu ?

Should they?  Could they?

A so-called Split-Season League could take on players from an assortment of the Class A and Rookie leagues from September to later.  It could even be called something coy like the Split-log Hot Stove League or Lincoln League in Hawaii.

But why stop that far?  Since we have evoked imagery of logs, why not dock in Anchorage as well.  Let the Alaskan leg of the 'major league trip' be the Lag League as a way to house and play overstock players?  Invite independent league players if at all feasible or possible.  Certainly college ball players getting in Summer swings from the Alaska Baseball League could chime in.  Let a portion of their gate, if any, go to something like NCAA charities.  I don't know,....get creative.

But anyway, in La La Land, I just want some 49th and 50th state apple pie ambiance.

It could be somewhat of an assortment of players, like pure rookies and misfits to get playing time.  And MiLB could get more money from gate and concessions, from Summer to something like Christmas break or leading into Spring Training.
U of Hawaii  Amateur ball in Alaska
West coast area of Mexico

Go back to some Winter League action ?  Or would ball in resort or north Mexico do better logistically?  Can the off-season Arizona Fall League good enough?  Or should we stick with the aesthetic of detached West Coast USA ?

New Reds Club in Appalachian League

This Rookie level team kicks off this year.

I have been Hot-Stoving like hell here, folks.  And more logs and kindling is hitting the flames for weeks to come.

This area of about 18 thousand folks houses the oldest college in Tennessee and one of the oldest in the country.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Double-A Cities that Could Step up for AAA

And of course this can cause a cascading discussion for the next AA cities and so on.  But getting more cities along the lines of Altoona or Binghampton shouldn't be the toughest thing.

Or the AA and AAA teams could play in the same place if needed, as the case with cities I'd argue for like Akron and Richmond (AAA city before).

Above, home of the Rubber Ducks and Flying Squirrels, respectively.

Others in northeast USA that could step up:  Bowie, Reading and Trenton

As is no surprise, all mentioned generally have strong proximity to big league cities.  Frisco, Texas is basically just Dallas.  Let's say Dallas Diamonds were an expansion team in the National League future.  The new AAA club could just play there at the big park at Arlington, or up the street in suburbia Dallas a la Frisco.

Cities like Richmond, Jacksonville and San Antonio have robust centers of populations, easily justified for the next Trip-A squads and seats.  In fact, a physical team relocation from Colorado gives San Antonio it's promotion to a Trip-A city.

I believe Dayton, around 40 miles apart from Cincinnati, and just an A-level team, could absorb any level of minor ball.  Their attendance figures could justify it.  Trip-A Toledo, up the road much further from Cinci and near Detroit up Interstate 75 takes on the same amount of fans for the season.  Pretty much, out of the 30 stadiums at the highest level of minor league ball, Dayton beats out at least 21 of those cities in attendance.  Seat-wise, almost always sold out at nearly 8k seats* (usually AAA are 10k), Dayton beats all other leagues in stateside pro ball.  No contest.

*It should be noted that number of games and how many games were maxed out at smaller venues nation wide, and how much artificial demand is created by limited seating is curious.

The chatter of MiLB saturation causes curious questions for the farm system of the next two MLB teams.  Portland is on the shortlist.  And now, their suburbs only host an A-level team.  Certainly Portland could handle a 3A team now.
 The Dayton Dragons' streak of consecutive sellouts, the longest in professional sports history, sits at 1,246 games (began during the 2000 season), while the Frisco RoughRiders led the Double-A classification in attendance for the 13th consecutive season. The Clearwater Threshers recorded the second-highest total (200,201) in Florida State League history and the South Bend Cubs set a new franchise attendance record for the fourth consecutive season.

click: Minor League Saturation issue and a Second Franchise for your City

AAA Indication for Other Major League Cities
2 Minor League Teams in Dayton ?
Map and Chart of Pro Baseball
Basketball and Football Minor Leagues are BIG


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Montreal Expos minor league farm system

Some possibilities dreamt up for when the world is right again... in the future....and for the past.

  Minor Leagues                                                                        *shared stadium of existing pro team

AAA: Ottawa Internationals*

AA: Ohio Oaks (*Dayton)

A-advanced:  *Ft. Lauderdale Florida Fleet (and *Jacksonville)
A:  Hampton Roads Heroes (*Norfolk)

Rookie advanced:  Charlotte (*NC) Internationals
                                                                       *existing stadium

Ottawa....brought to us by Vogue

Friday, February 16, 2018

State-Named MiLB

Connecticut Tigers
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Arkansas Travelers
Vermont Lake Monsters                                                                     
Mississippi Braves

Iowa Cubs
Tennessee Smokies
Carolina Mudcats
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
West Virginia Power
West Virginia Black Bears

I love the geographical expanse of other teams coined by County or Valley, Tri-City and Great Lakes.  I give a tip of the cap to these teams of wider geographic appeal.

In MLB there is Texas, Minnesota, Arizona and kind of New York.  
There used to be first names of California and Florida.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bootleggers United v. Armada

Got jugs and a fast car....Cinci bootlegger

Put a soccer team in Charlotte.  I had thoughts of a co-location with Atlanta and/or Nashville ....but I suppose that gig is not to be.  But look at that NASCAR heritage in the Carolinas.  And look at the root heritage of car racing.  That's Bootlegging.  And think how the fans will root. 

The Sinners kick it in a city of Saints?  At least for preseason, right?  Ditto for Charleston, West Virginia.  Flasks in the boots, hooray.  Bootleggers United.

Armada is a badass brand.  And lets stick with the spirit of co-location.  Should this be a share between San Diego and Oakland?  Dock in Honolulu?  Should they just be called West Coast Divided or United? Or should it be a name instead for cities like Milwaukee, Cleveland and Rochester ?  Can it float to Cincinnati and Indy?

Are these names not an evocation of Europe and America ?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

NBA International - Future Goals

And before the NBA starts to look more like an NCAA map, I believe the likes of these markets will take shape in global B-Ball

Sunday, February 11, 2018

AAA Indication for Other Major League Cities

More than one Triple-A team in an area ???  Is this a good indicator where the next big league brands should be ?

3 AAA teams in north and western New York:  
Buffalo Bisons
Syracuse Chiefs
Rochester Red Wings

Buffalo built a trip-A ballpark that's major league convertable'.

2 in the heart of North Carolina:
Durham Bulls
Charlotte Knights
                                               ....that clinches a Charlotte MLB bid for me.

This territory combination rubs up against Philadelphia and New Jersey
          Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
          Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders
.....these Phillies and Yanks affiliate areas could sustain a third franchise in New Jersey in a market with the Bronx Bombers and Mets.  Nothing to say of the AA teams near there.  But Brooklyn is more romantic ?

Tennessee totes 2 AAA teams and a handful of AAs.  Bodes well for population Tennessee in the form of Memphis Redbirds and Nashville Sounds.   click:  Major League Baseball in Tennessee

2 Minor League Teams in Dayton ?

Anything to add?

NBA Cities before Las Vegas

We can all figure that Seattle and Louisville have dibs.  

But geographically, Las Vegas is set up nicely for go-arounds to come.  Population-wise, southern California is close to crowded, but San Diego has room.  It used to be the Clippers crib.

Given the hockey and football presence, there are a handful of major league cities that could have NBA sooner than Vegas, even though NBA can favor the smaller markets such as Memphis.  But again, not a ton of candidates out west.
NBA after Louisville and Seattle

Friday, February 9, 2018

2 Minor League Teams in Dayton ?

What could another team in Dayton be named?
..... whether that be A-Advanced, AA or Trip-A.
And by the way, yeah, they can double up with the A-club in the Dragon's Layer.   Logistically, this would leave for a lot of coordination and fixed dates.   Coordination between the International League and Midwest League might get tricky.

Why do I say any of this?  Dayton has a top-ten attendance figure Minor League baseball wide.  And that is as an A-ball club.  They could house a Triple-A team with their attendance figures.

Dayton or Ohio based team names ?

If a second team were simply deemed "Ohio" in name, easy justification for other places of play could occur, not limited to Great American Ballpark.  The Ohio Players could grab naming rights from the band to include purchase of mandatory playing of songs.  Or just name them Players Club.  I like Pros or Oaks a lot.

The attendance leaders in each classification of Minor League Baseball and their overall numbers were: Triple-A -- Indianapolis Indians (641,141), Double-A -- Frisco RoughRiders (470,003), Class A -- Dayton Dragons (554,638), Short Season-A and Rookie -- Vancouver Canadians (239,527).