Sunday, March 2, 2014

Over 20 American Cities that stand to gain by Regional Team Expansion

A multi-home camp venue for regional teams for cities with inadequate markets standing alone.  Let's say the talent is high but the markets are slow and expansion can happen...

The Big 3 (as I'm going to say them):
Baseball, Football, Basketball.
The Five:
Hockey, Soccer

For the Big 2 Sports, the beneficiaries:
Atlantic City, Norfolk, Charlotte, Jacksonville,
Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, Birmingham,
Somewhere in Iowa, Omaha, Witchita, Oklahoma City, New Orleans,
San Antonio, Austin, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Sacremento, Portland,
Salt Lake City and Boise

More will benefit really.  A city like Tampa could share baseball instead of moving altogether.  Would the Florida Marlins be better served in two sunny metros.  Oakland can share instead of deserting.  As mentioned previously, could the Coastal Run Rays be in New Orleans also?  Jacksonville football could be part of the new Southern team near the Mississippi - Alabama line.

Cleveland, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Seattle, Portland ...when hockey picks up steam in America.  Any of these cities could be a true home instead of a camp in the years and years to come.
I like the idea of a Great Lakes region team and the battling of another Toronto team.  Would have Columbus worked out better at first as part of a consortium before autonomy?

Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis.  I like the idea of a River City or Delta team.
Kansas City, Nashville, San Diego, Las Vegas.
Could the Western Supersonics be in Boise as well as Vegas or Vancouver?
You have to think basketball is pretty mobile.

I am curious about all the logistical cost and setup cost of not having a fixed home court or ice.  But what would the buzz be at home (camp) when the dates are set and infrequent.   It's more of a festive atmosphere than a "gimme".

Will they feel more like a home team, barnstormers or travel teams?  Hometown proud.  Could it work?
West Coast, Heartland, Eastern, Great Plains, Great Basin (LV, SLC) and Southeastern?

Article acknowledging the power of Southeast Football last century:

Southern Belles

Home camps in Reform, Alabama (Tuscaloosa while building); Jacksonville, Florida; Little Rock, Arkansas and Louisville, Kentucky.  That would be about 2 home games a piece and see which ones work out very well.

See more expansion and relocation talk for football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer on my blog (starting in Feb 2014, see table of contents/archive):  Major League/Pro Expansion <CLICK> 
And please feel free to contribute your two cents with mine.

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