Relocation is more plausible. But which cities are even ready to receive a relocation?
Let's get real.
The operating cost of stadiums is a pain in the rear. And a pain in the rear view for some municipalities in which taxpayers foot much of the bills
If there is not enough butts in the seats, or the capability of people buying an adequate amount of tickets to a game day in and day out or week in and week out, a city cannot expect to have a team in their town.
IS A CITY LIKE NASHVILLE READY FOR MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL?
What does this article tell me?:
It tells me that in theory, the answer is yes.
Look at the market money purported to be the amount necessary to sustain the big leagues:
- $85.4 billion for MLB
- $37.6 billion for the NHL
- $36.7 billion for the NFL
- $34.2 billion for the NBA
- $15.4 billion for MLS.
Notice that Nashville makes the cut (since around 2008). And so do Columbus, Orlando, Sacramento and Austin. Nashville ranked just ahead of San Antonio and Milwaukee. Out of everyone stated, Milwaukee is the only one rocking MLB. And so, yeah, Nashville and others have the money. All of these cities but the Tennessee ones have the diamonds in their state already.
The Reds and Braves, who sandwich the Volunteer State, might secretly not care if the likes of Nashville never get a team. The Cardinals likely feel that way about Memphis, too.
And note that baseball's market money requirement is more than double the others. So yeah if you're on the above list, for the other sports, let your MLS, NBA, NFL and hockey fantasies for your towns commence.
Do tickets cost cover operating cost of a stadium?
Should you use existing structures or an upgrade in your area to lull a team in?
The television revenue that is brought into sports exceeds that of the profits made by selling tickets. This reality is a recent phenomenon.
MLS for Minnesota, St. Louis.
San Antonio? You might want to ask the Texans and Cowboys owners first.
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Here's a fun gun-to-your-head exercise: If Cincinnati and Pittsburgh had to share a new NBA team, what would it be? The Eastern Caravan?
And please feel free to contribute your two cents with mine.