About 0.6 million people inhabit Vancouver city proper with 2.4 million people in the area, much like Cincinnati metro. And to tell you the truth, had my Queen City of Cincinnati not had the original franchise for the big leagues I'm not so sure it would be looked at these days. It may just now be a consideration for expansion with the metro population and heavy business presence yet it might fall behind Charlotte because of the lay of the land in terms of northeast/midwest team density. But it was the first and has a strong baseball lineage. So what about a baseball lineage for Vancouver?
If ever an expansion team, I'd say a shared travel team with Portland and Las Vegas for a "West Coast" franchise would be great. If anytime soon, it would just be wonderful if Vancouver had a share of the A's with Oakland, Portland and/or Vegas. Athletics regular season camp for home games. Does that sound good? BC Place looks like it's about in gear.
Ditto for the Raiders on the NFL's West Coast.
And as far as the NBA, you would've been a great share of the West Coast Clippers with the likes of Vegas and Seattle.
Deep Cove area by Vancouver
Look into a few more big league games each year for Canada's western capital.
You were the Atlanta hockey for the NBA. Maybe these franchises of American birth can toe tap the water before going full speed ahead.
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