Sunday, September 28, 2014

More Major League Cities with No New Teams in the Big Five Sports

What's different?

The Florida Marlins play in Miami and Tampa as their home (camp) games.
The California Angels play in Sacramento also.
The West Coast Athletics play in cozy new 35k seat ball parks in Oakland, Portland and Las Vegas.
The Texas Rangers share home team time in Austin.
The Southland Rays play in Charlotte metro, New Orleans, Nashville and Monterrey, Mexico in beautiful stadiums.  They kick off their play in Atlanta while new digs are being constructed.

The West Coast Raiders play in L.A., Las Vegas and Portland.
The Southern Jaguars play in Louisville, too.

The Southern Predators also play in Atlanta.
The West Coast Coyotes play in Portland and Seattle, too.
The Panthers vacate Florida for a North Coast, Great Lakes franchise in Cleveland and Milwaukee.  Could go further with Indianapolis and Cinci.  Or even Syracuse.

The West Coast Clippers can play in Seattle and San Diego, don'tcha think?

Soccerwise, the Foot Ball of Ohio's C-town Crew expands to Cincinnati's Paul Brown and the Cleveland Brown's Stadiums.

Can you think like this?




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Should the Washington D.C. Pro Sports Franchises Represent More than just the City?

The Wizards (formerly the Bullets)
Nationals
Redskins
Capitals
D.C. United

That's the Big Five in D.C.

Well, personally, I'm for the Nationals being of some Eastland franchise.  An "East" brand.
If the Godforsaken Tampa Rays don't relocate I think the Eastland Nationals would be great camped in places like Charlotte, Jacksonville, Nashville and New Orleans. All of those sound kind of like Southland to you too? Columbus and  Indianapolis are along the National Road. 

Could the Eastland Capitals work in hockey?  Atlanta is a capital in its own right.  It could work as a share in Albany as well.

Wizards basketball in Pittsburgh?  Stuff like that.

Landover, Maryland is where the Whiteskins play NFL football, much in the same respect that the Giants and Jets play their populated ball on the porch in New Jersey.

Just a thought.  I know it's not a strong one.  The capital of our country is a large area in it's own right.

A Nationals place of play.
Can you hear me?


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

"West Coast" named Franchises get an MLB, NFL and NHL Team. Bigtime Win for Portland and Vegas.

Oakland, your franchises should share or vacate altogether.  I'm talking about the A's and Raiders.

The "West Coast" is perfect for my scheme to have one sports franchise in a region while locating in a few places.  Home games at camps.  Let's say, like the California Angels playing in Oakland also, while the Texas Rangers play in Dallas and Austin, and the Marlins, named Florida again, play in Miami and Jacksonville.

Arizona.  Arizona Coyotes doesn't resonate with me, especially with big show hockey vacant from Portland and Seattle.  Share them with San Diego, Las Vegas, Portland and/or Seattle and I'll let you have a little desert ice.  Okay, I can only dictate my imaginary world, but it's fun.  West Coast Coyotes

The NFL and MLB in Portland and Las Vegas!!!  How sweet.
It is a big "no-duh" to speak of the Raiders in L.A. again.  But I'd prefer the Rams back in the City of Angels.

Am I missing the NBA for West Coast representation in the Big 4?  A "West Coast" NBA team in Seattle and San Diego would be fantastic.  That would be a great fit for the West Coast Clippers, wouldn't you say?  Las Vegas could be lumped in there also.

I have also dream-schemed a "Great Lakes" hockey team playing in the likes of Cleveland and Milwaukee.  It's throughout my blog.
You get the idea.  The possibilities go on and on.

Some action, maybe exhibition, for Anchorage and Honolulu?

If you build it.


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Monday, September 22, 2014

NFL London Chargers, Rams or Jaguars. Not the Jaguars, huh?


Check out this article:
http://wallstcheatsheet.com/sports/the-3-nfl-teams-most-likely-to-move-to-london.html/?a=viewall&ref=OB


http://www.footballphds.com/2011/06/23/nfl-in-la-the-definitive-nfl-stadium-guide-3/


For an exercise, in the flavor of my blog, I'll suppose on moving all three teams (even if supposedly Jacksonville cannot contractually move anytime soon).

Los Angeles Rams
London Jaguars, I don't care, even if my preference is for them to hike over to Toronto and camp at all of the CFL stadiums under the name "Norde Force".
Louisville Chargers
West Coast Raiders of Portland and Las Vegas

What if there were an Eastland team?  Where would its camps be?
The NFL has pretty good coverage, most especially in the east.  Terribly so in Florida.  Perhaps SEC Country could have more pro football (Mississippi, Alabama and Little Rock)???

Is Little Rock south or east?

Could an Eastland brand co-locate in Louisville, Jacksonville (after the Jags leave), Little Rock or Jackson, Miss, St. Louis (after the Rams vacate), Atlantic City, Richmond, Charleston (WV or SC), Columbus and Hartford (or is New England too possessive?).

Gun to your head:  which cities and how many home (camp) games each for the Eastland Chargers brand?

Back in L.A.
Anywhere else


West Coast Raiders in Portland and Las Vegas

Eastland Chargers.  Or should this be L.A.'s team while logistically, St. Louis's house is already more approximate to the east.  But there is something like authority about electricity and a big public works project in the east though.  Oh yeah, the TVA.

St. Louis could still share a brand of football while perhaps a California-named franchise in Los Angeles, like the California Rams would be better suited for southern Cali.  And Jacksonville, ....according to me, your town is great for a camp of some East or Southern brand.

But hey, what do I know?  I would also dictate the Jets of New York to be part of London in the form of the Atlantic Coast Jets.


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

TV Market Money More Important Than The Gate?

Is this modern matter keeping the gate from swiveling away from or closing on Tampa, as the case with Rays baseball?

http://www.stationindex.com/tv/tv-markets
http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2014/7/29/5950355/nationals-orioles-masn-mlb-tv-contract-bud-selig

Recently, television money has surpassed ticket profit for major league baseball and probably other big league sports revenue as well.

Comparatively, look at the list of those that have MLB and those that don't.  Orlando is in there.  Next is Sacramento.  Portland, Charlotte coupled with Raleigh-Durham is potent.  Nashville.  Connecticut.  Columbus.  SLC.  All before Cincinnati and Milwaukee.

So attendance in Tampa sucks but the TV is good watchin'?  Should be good news for some of the above-named cities.

Factors not considered, as the case with baseball.  The retiree's destination of Florida probably has more Yankees fans than Marlins or Rays.  More crap to do in Florida than up north.  At least as far as enjoying the outdoors consistently. 

Either way, I think Rays baseball should part time with a more expansive area, and play in a stadium somewhere else (AT LEAST) part time down south like Charlotte, Louisville, or Nashville.  Shared with New Orleans and even Mexico in the city of Monterrey.  Memphis?  "Southern Sounds" baseball has a ring to it, too.  Take that for expansion.

Realistically though, any expansion outside of the MLS anytime soon?
http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-some-us-cities-may-have-too-many-pro-sports-teams-2013-11


And since TV matters, let's get the Athletics market, who stay 17 miles away from the Giants across the bay, to a much broader area.  I'm for them splitting home game time between Portland and Las Vegas and calling them the West Coast Athletics.  Ditto for the Raiders.  Isn't the Bay Area cannibalizing itself a bit on television?  If I were dictator, I would think about calling San Fran the California (Bay) Giants or Northern California Giants for a nice redwood touch.  Is the business so strong for owners for a Portland Mariners *slash* Charlotte Braves connection that we shouldn't expand home team baseball for more of the masses geographically, at least in name?

Cheering across America

The South's brand of baseball.  But what about the likes of Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Birmingham, Jackonville and Charlotte?
Cheering in the heart of America.  In this case, Kansas.  Can't see this from the top row seat but maybe with a Smart phone or  Scoreboard.


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Regional Major League Teams. Travel Teams for a New Sustainable Market Expansion Model

Yes Boise, you could celebrate your team in the Big Leagues.  Not your OWN team just yet.  But your team.  Let's call it a "Northwest" brand and have it alongside Portland.

I have offered up many thought-tree options throughout my blog to get a camp team in place of a home team in the big leagues.  For cities that may be struggling to house their franchise, like let's say Oakland and Tampa, I see this as an option for them to not lose their team altogether, while just sharing it.  For cities like Boise or other towns like Portland and Charlotte on the cusp of not being able to realistically expand into the league, it's their chance to have a team like almost yesterday.  With the A's and Raiders needing a house and the Buccaneers of Tampa not looking so hot alongside pissy-poor attendance for Tampa baseball, I see Portland and Charlotte finally being able to get in on some MLB/NFL and MLB action, respectively.

So, for Oakland and Tampa, I foresee a West Coast A's or Coastal Run/Southern Rays brand.  I see the Rays camping time in Monterrey so that we don't have to watch Mexico struggle with its initiation into the MLB.  I see the West Coast Athletics in Portland and/or Las Vegas, while not demolishing a stadium in Oakland.

Smaller, more charming and nostalgic ballparks across America.  MLB could re-claim it's place as America's past time.  Football could be more of a weekly excitement shared in the big time limelight of middle America.
I see hockey being played in North Dakota and while the team is at another camp or road game, outstanding facilities, outdoor or indoor, retractable or not, for a top-notch public rink and party house, a town-square like no other for rural'esque gathering.  An igloo gathering for outlanders.
Supreme minor league and public facilities for use when the team isn't camped there.   Utilize tarps for seating for minor league venues in big league parks when you have to.  It happens for MLS in NFL stadiums.  Facilities are poised  in Cleveland and Cincinnati to share the Ohio Crew C-bus:

Sounders Soccer and Seahawks Stadium.

http://www.sounderatheart.com/2010/12/15/1878293/take-off-the-tarps


What are some regional camp (travel) home teams that you can scheme up?
Eastland, Southland, Northland, North Coast (Buffalo, Boise, Vancouver, Anchorage), Great Lakes, Southwest (Wild West), Heartland, Great Plains Drifters or Gamblers of Las Vegas and Salt Lake and on and on.

Let's look at some of the cities to gain for the big leagues by housing or camping a region name there:
 
West Coast (Vancouver (again), Anchorage, Hawaii, Portland and Las Vegas maybe), missing NFL in L.A..

Indianapolis and Columbus hosting the Eastland Pirates or Indians.
(Charlotte, TN, Virginia Beach or could there be an East Coast team that touts a little action in Atlantic City,  and Jacksonville as well as maybe Charleston)

Southtown, Southland, Southern
(Jacksonville, New Orleans, Charlotte and Tennessee in the MLB.

Gulf Run or Coastal Run for the likes of Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Mobile ALABAMA and Monterrey, MEXICO.  The Coastland Rays could even play in Charlotte.

Southwest
OKC, San Antonio/Austin (San Marcos), Albuquerque, Las Vegas could gain a travel camp team.  You could even include Midwest Kansas and Nebraska in on some Wild West or Old West brand action.

Northwest
Portland and Boise.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boise_metropolitan_area


Omaha and Wichita could share some sort of franchise in the Heartland.

Look at big league towns that are missing from the NHL and NBA.  Look at all the growth to be had by MLS.  And on and on.

Look at other avenues for justifiable connections:  http://prosportsexpansion.blogspot.com/2014/08/travel-teams-and-travel-facilities-east.html

Field of Dreams


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Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas in Big Five Pro Sports. Idaho to boot.

Don't hold your breath but you already know that.

If a league could do it, do you think it could be NHL or MLS.

I say MLS.  I believe there's a stronger love for hockey, but cost-wise it has got to be MLS.

A few soccer stadiums could be built for Rancher or Cowboy futbol.  Places like Billings, Boise and Casper could fit the bill. The shale oil fields around North Dakota could put up a great facility and they could be a travel "home" team for the region bouncing around to camps for home games.  Anchor them in Boise, Idaho if this helps.  Boseman, Billings, Bismark and Pierre?  Out West Soccer.

Not a lot of bite in my argument for anytime soon.
From hardest pro sport to easiest to get, in order:
MLB
NHL
NFL
NBA
MLS

Williston, ND       http://www.businessinsider.com/youve-never-seen-anything-like-the-williston-oil-boom-2012-3?op=1


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williston,_North_Dakota

http://prosportsexpansion.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-big-five.html

http://helenair.com/news/state-and-regional/montana-population-topped-million/article_fdd9f5fa-4b94-11e2-9ba7-0019bb2963f4.html

click:  Dakota NHL Team


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The madness that is the NFL Not in Los Angeles !!!

20 years!!!

This is unacceptable.

Rams, you're not doing it for me in the Gateway City.  Los Angeles leads to bigger things.
We all know that the Raiders and Rams are poised to come back.  Did L.A. pull a Pete Rose online or something?  What's the hold out?



I bet the Rams would better serve St. Louis if they were re-branded as the Westward Rams and co-housed in L.A.  That would show for a better gate at the gateway.
I'm sure the people of Los Angeles wouldn't be particularly over-thrilled by this prospect but I would know they'd love it because the NFL would be back in town.  Who wants to root for the Chargers if they aren't from San Diego?!  For goodness sake, rooting for the Raiders of northern Cali?!



Who would've bet their lives on less than 2 decades without the league in America's second largest base?

http://prosportsexpansion.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-no-brainer-of-them-all-la-football.html

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Los Angeles, Las Vegas or Louisville Bengals?

Bengals lease is up in 2017.  A stadium bought and paid for by the taxpayers of Hamilton County.

Blackouts abound for a great 2-0 team.

Mike Brown is a businessman.  Jerry Jones may have set a precedence with football palaces.  I can see the Bengals swimming across the river.  I could see the Kentucky Downs government building it..

Vegas Bengals?  West Coast cats.

http://www.700wlw.com/articles/local-news-119585/low-ticket-sales-could-lead-to-12773624


I've heard L.A. doesn't want the hot mess (ownership).



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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Arguably Places Where the Big Leagues Need to Be Next

In the NFL it's Portland and Las Vegas.  Oh yeah, Los Angeles, sure thing.  Everyone almost forgot, right?  Likely not.
That's in the west.
In the east, it's really kind of just Toronto that's tempting.  I'm mean, eventually you have Louisville or some other excitement for the "south".

http://lasvegas.bigleaguedreams.com/replica-fields/crosley-field  6 replica fields at Big League Dreams Complex in Las Vegas (Yankee, Angel, Dodger, Wrigley, Fenway and the by-gone Crosley (pictured)).

MLB
Portland again.  Las Vegas is a half funny thought.
Charlotte is kind of feasible.
If you like the romance of it being in Nashville or New Orleans, you should search the rest of my blog.

NBA
There are a lot of potential spots.
Here's a short list.  Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis, KC, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Diego, Baltimore, Louisville and so on.

NHL
Seattle and Portland are big on it.  Some good AHL cities are poised.

MLS
Well, that's a long list for a fairly young league.

For any of this to be feasible anytime soon (and expansion is not due to the # of teams and feasibility for markets to sustain a team currently), I argue for two-town regional teams like Cleveland/Milwaukee and Nashville/Atlanta in the NHL.  For the NFL there's an entire Canadian team playing across the provinces, so that whole Toronto Bills dealey could be tempered.  There's potential in the name of "West Coast" for cities like Portland, Oakland and Las Vegas to share in all of the leagues.  And on and on.  See it throughout my blog.


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Major League Baseball in Charlotte and Portland. And then Las Vegas and Nashville. No Expansion Team Necessary

No expansion teams but an expansion in the number of MLB cities.  4 to be generous.  

You take the Rays out of Tampa.
Do the same for the Athletics from Oakland.  At least in part.

You name the A's the West Coast A's.  You split time with Camp Stadiums in Portland and Las Vegas.

You put up some alluring 35,000 seat ballparks in Charlotte and Nashville.  You call them the Southern Rays.

Rebrand some teams to California Angels and Florida Marlins baseball.  MLB doesn't have to leave Oakland and Tampa altogether.  Two stadium per ball club.

Damn hard not to give a nod for Rays Baseball in Louisville or New Orleans for some ambiance.   Sorry to Sacramento, Salt Lake or Boise in the west.


When there's room for expansion you can have a breakaway and new brand for a city.



Any questions?


Construction of the Twins Ball Field.  Can you see a beauty designed on the infield of a racetrack in the south?

Minors in Charlotte

http://www.raysindex.com/2013/04/new-stadium-suggests-charlotte-will-not-pursue-a-major-league-baseball-team.html

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/66946688/portland-ore-ready-and-willing-to-become-a-major-league-city

http://www.sbnation.com/hot-corner/2014/1/23/5337302/mlb-baseball-portland-oregon-prospects-future

http://pamplinmediagroup.com/pt/12-sports/216351-75005-mlb-enthusiasts-make-another-pitch

Word search "Charlotte" (ctrl F) in the index:
http://prosportsexpansion.blogspot.com/p/key

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MLB in Columbia, Carolina in general, and Charlotte

I'm for the Rays leaving Tampa, the Marlins changing their name back to Florida and sharing time between the Gulf and Atlantic coast.

That way, the Rays can become the Carolina Rays and play shared time in towns the likes of Charlotte north and Columbia south Carolina.  Let's say 55 home-camp games in Charlotte and 25 games in Gamecockland.

At this point, with two MLB parks in Atlanta, I wouldn't mind seeing the Southern Rays (or Belles, or Drawls) playing in some combination of Atlanta/Charlotte/Nashville/Charleston/Columbia/Birmingham/Jacksonville/New Orleans.

Playing in Atlanta (and maybe Tampa), at least for awhile, gives time for good facilities to be built elsewhere, think 35k seat ballparks in Charlotte and Nashville.  How about a gem in the infield of a racetrack?!  An infield within an infield, wrapped in a jewelry box.  A travel-tag-team shared between towns outside of Atlanta named "Southland" is something to ponder.

Spit-ball with me on this one.

To be the old Braves ballpark

To be the new Braves ballpark in the suburbs.
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State named teams. A Wider Geographic Home for the Big Leagues

By surnaming the team to a state name, a wider geographic swath for the team is claimed and one simply has more buy-in.  It ain't the Minneapolis Twin Citiers.  Or the Minni-St. Paul Twins.

As you can see by looking at all the big leagues, Minnesota has got it down.
But yeah, why in the hell wouldn't the California Angels just have kept their name?

In Baseball:
Minnesota Twins
Texas Rangers
Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks
New York Yankees?  I bet in many folks' minds, it is.  Buffalo, just build a stadium

Formerly:
California Angels
Florida Marlins

A question I ask:  Could the Rays leave Tampa for somewhere else?  Couldn't Miami change their fugly uniforms in and call it Florida again and split time between Miami and Tampa since their franchise's attendance sucks anyway?  I'd be for moving them to Carolina, with 60 games in Charlotte and 20 home-camp games in Columbia, South Car(e)'.

California A's in Anaheim and Sacramento???
Since an expansion in the number of teams just isn't a wise choice right now, can we not expand the MLB market with existing teams, just in more cities?  My pick would be to move the Athletics to Portland and Las Vegas, calling them the West Coast Athletics and having the California Angels split camp between Anaheim and Oakland, southern Cali and northern California.  And this can happen fairly soon.

Rangers baseball would be fun in Austin and Dallas metro.  Hell, if Austin built a 35,000 seat temple, I bet there would be some part time Texas Ranger and weekend Austin Astros action.

Get with it Cali, Florida and Texas!!!


NBA: 

Indiana Pacers
Minnesota Timberwolves
Golden State Warriors
Utah Jazz

Former:
New Jersey Nets

A little Golden State time in San Diego sound good?


NFL  

New England Patriots
Tennessee
Minnesota
*Houston (named after a city and a bunch of state people, the Texans)
Carolina (Two!!!  Who is next, Dakota?)
Arizona

NHL
Florida Panthers
Arizona
New Jersey
Edmonton
Minnesota

Carolina (Dakota's best chance would be NHL, if ever)
I'd be for freeing up another franchise, so let's share the Florida Lightning in Tampa and Miami.  Put the Northwest Coasters ("that used to be the Panthers") in Portland and Seattle.  Expand in Toronto 2 and back to Quebec.




The Crewser train of the C-Bus state of Ohio.  Ohio Crew in Cincinnati and Cleveland too.

There are no "states" for MLS, although a region is touted in New England.
Ohio Blue Jackets and the C-Bus would be my favorite.


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Yankees Hockey: The Great Lakes/North Coast Hockey Team. A New NHL Franchise and Concept

Name of a new NHL franchise?

North Coast Yankees.

A Steinbrenner group owner?

Northland or Great Lakes?

Co-location?

A hockey team housed in Syracuse, Cleveland and Milwaukee?  And maybe alongside Cincinnati and Indianapolis.  Five cities for home camps?  One team tag-team traveling through the Great Lakes Megalopolis and their cities is a thought that having a part-time team is better than not having one at all.  Attendances busting at the seams is harder to ignore for a breakaway expansion bid.

Spit-balling the idea.  Give it a try.

What kind of design could it be under the same ownership group?

Just spit-balling




From top to bottom, think (middle) hockey puckish tinted "C" in the middle and (bottom) think puck and hockey stick with the hat.


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Targeted for my Major League Relocation and a Wider Geographic Swath

These franchises are targeted throughout my blog for either relocation or co-location (sharing).
And we're considering the economic time of expansion teams, so I'm considering expanding the turf with existing teams.

You'll see that I'm not the biggest fan of Yankeeland, like Tampa baseball.  But I am a fan of the California Angels and the Florida Marlins.  Bigger swaths.  Wider claims.

It's talked about throughout my other blog posts.

NFL:
St. Louis Rams
Jacksonville Jaguars
Oakland Raiders

honorable mentions:
Saints

Look at my blog for things like the West Coast Raiders

possible places standing to gain:
Portland, Oregon
Vancouver, Canada
Birmingham, AL
Jackson, MS
Little Rock, AR
Memphis, TN
Las Vegas, NV
Louisville, KY

MLB:
Tampa
Miami
Oakland

'Nuff said.  Move the Rays out of Tampa to a more appreciative location.


possible places standing to gain:
Monterrey, Mexico
New Orleans
Portland
Charlotte
Nashville
Memphis
Louisville
Indianapolis

What would be considered adequate facilities for what would be an essentially MLB travel team would be interesting wouldn't it?

West Coast Angels in the City of Sin as well as Portland/Anaheim/Sacramento?
Or better for the West Coast Athletics to co-locate or vacate the stadium 17 miles away from the Giants playground?

Absent Montreal and now nudged against Baltimore's turf.


Multiple places being considered for one team, some other cities enter the fold for these wonderfully State-named teams:
The populous states of New York, Florida, Texas and California.
Austin/San Marcos/San Antonio and even El Paso with the Rangers
Buffalo and Albany for the Yankees
Oakland (maybe after they move) and Sacramento for the (once) California Angels
Florida Marlins of Miami, Tampa (after vacation (vacating town)) and Jacksonville...or wouldn't it be convenient for visitors of Orlando's Disney World?
No matter the sport, Arizona could do a few stints in Las Vegas, right?

Pro Hockey in the Southwest

NBA:
Memphis
L.A.x2


Milwaukee?
I would love sharing the Cincinnati Bucks if I can't reasonably argue the Cincinnati Celtics.

possible places standing to gain:
Las Vegas
Seattle
Kansas City/St. Louis
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh
Baltimore

West Coast Clippers of Seattle, San Diego, Honolulu, Anchorage and Las Vegas?

NHL:
Florida
Nashville

standing to gain:
Atlanta
Quebec City
Seattle
Portland
Las Vegas
Cincinnati
Milwaukee
Cleveland
Indianapolis
Baltimore
And more..... .

MLS:
The only thing I'm really drumming up is for my hometown interest.
Having the Columbus Crew becoming the Ohio Valley Crew or Blue Collars and swinging Cincinnati and Cleveland into the fold.

And many many more... .


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At Least Two New American NHL Teams in Addition to the Two New Canadian Ones.

Swirl this around in your mind hole:

Some team names like the North Coast Fleet and the West Coast Armada.

North Coast Fleet in Cleveland, Milwaukee and Seattle.
West Coast Fleet in Portland and Las Vegas.

Or what about including Indianapolis and Cincinnati into the Great Lakes Invaders regional brand with Cleveland and Milwaukee.  That would be 10 home (camp) games in each city to start.  And then you would have the West Coast team of Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas.  I would love for this to be the old Phoenix Coyotes team.  So, why stop at the Arizona border?

How about a third expansion (and by expansion I mean an expansion of territory in a re-location/co-location)?  Yep, that's the Arizona Coyotes re-branded into something more Western or West Coast with the cities of Seattle, Portland and maybe Las Vegas.

If the model worked, OKC, central Texas and Kansas City could muster up the NHL brand a little down the road.  And then maybe a success could mean Nashville expanding the Predator brand as a Southern Predator brand camp all the way to Atlanta, ....and maybe New Orleans sometimes.

Wouldn't it be practical for the Florida Panthers to fold, embrace the Southern Predators along with Nashville and Atlanta?  That vacated slot then becomes the new Quebec City Team.  Toronto expands.  The Coyotes can fold in with Portland and Seattle.  And then the Great Lakes brand comes into play with a region including Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Cincinnati... .

That's two expansion teams and at least 8 new NHL cities in addition to 3 territorial re-brands!!!  Apparel sales for the brands of West, South and the North Coast/Great lakes areas?  Yeah.  Money!

AHL teams already in places like Milwaukee and Cleveland.

Cincinnati, once a two-team hockey town at two arenas.  Once the Mighty Ducks, among others and the Cyclones still.


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Milwaukee, St. Louis, KC, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Baltimore with more Pro Sports

The entitled towns are MLB and NFL towns, arguably the most important list to make.

Baltimore, KC and Cinci are big two towns.  There could be calls (certainly down the line) for MLS, NHL and the NBA in their future.

Unlike those two top-mentioned Oriole and Red major league towns, St. Louis and Pittsburgh have NHL teams.  They're Big 3 towns missing the NBA and MLS.  KC isn't missing MLS.

Cleveland is a big 3 town missing MLS and NHL.  So is Milwaukee

A solution to filling such voids anytime soon, and I've mentioned this many times before, is shared teams.  For instance, let's say Cincinnati and St. Louis pair up to form one NBA team and Pittsburgh and Baltimore for another.  Since Cleveland and Milwaukee lack the NHL a "Great Lakes" franchise could cover both towns with 20 home games.  An MLS team called the Eastern Brigade could take camp in all the mentioned cities.

Kansas City is a big three town. Not NBA, but 3 out of 4 anyway.  They have MLS while Cinci and Balt don't.

For my camp team argument, I would enjoy some MLS action for Cincinnati, even if it had to be shared with the likes of Pittsburgh and Baltimore.  And if Columbus doesn't do a bigger geographical embrace by calling themselves the Ohio B-Jackets, I'll take what I can get.  The Eastern Brigade would have a nice ring to it as a team name..  Cleveland and Milwaukee with the North Coast Regatta.  Perhaps then St. Louis and Louisville could share the Delta Queen with their river connection.

Eastern Fleet basketball would be neat for Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.  St. Louis and KC could have the Show Me State Battalion.  The West Coast Mustangs splitting home team time in Seattle and Las Vegas.

So many possibilities when one opens their mind to it.

Seattle
From sea to shining sea.  Pacific to Atlantic.


KC

Baltimore
Port of Atlantic City




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Baltimore: Visiting the Possibility of more Pro Sports
New Jersey Major League Baseball Team. And what about Buffalo?
Cincinnati: Visiting the Possibility of more Pro Sports
Cleveland. Missing is the NHL and MLS.
East Coast Whalers of Norfolk and Hartford. A Two-Place Team in the NHL
Detroit Arsenal Major League Soccer Expansion Team 
Indianapolis: Visiting the Possibility of more Pro Sports
Kentucky Downs. The NFL in Louisville
Milwaukee Bay in the NHL 

MLS Expansion for the likes of Detroit, Cincinnati, Knoxville, Atlanta and Miami. One Team to Kick Off With. One Name tuh' Boot.

The connections between these towns?  Interstate Highway 75.  I-75.
One team.  5 camps.
A foot in the water for the markets.



What would this (for all intents and purposes) "travel" home (camp) team be called?
The 75 Roadrunners.
Roaddawgs?
Rangers?
Road Warriors?
Caravan?
The 75 Americans
Spirit of 75?
Spirit 75
Or the 75 ______
or ______.
You name it.

One team.  5 camps.


Fill in the gaps.


And you know what?  I see potential for the big holes like Little Rock, OKC, St. Louis, Minnesota and the likes.  I would call it the Heartland Wildfire.  Or Stampede.  Any gaps out west to fill like Las Vegas and central Texas?
Then....years down the line:  Oklahoma Lightning.  Carolina Bootleggers.  Las Vegas Rumble.  Cincinnati Monarchs and on and on.


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See samples:


Detroit Arsenal Major League Soccer Expansion Team