The Closeness: Cincinnati, Indianapolis. Like Las Vegas and Austin, I think it's ready for some big time.
San Jose: not 50 miles from San Fran. The only thumb at SF is there won't be a San Fran hockey named team anytime soon. Pretty much ditto for Sacramento. And the top bread piece in a sandwich that puts Sacramento as the pickle is Portland's leagues vacancies.
Austin: Texas sandwich of San Antonio (NBA, MLS Prospect), Houston, Dallas
Las Vegas: the gambling factor. Maybe sort of, kind of choked out by it's proximity sandwich between Phoenix and Southern California. Then there's Salt Lake City Soccer and Basketball.
Indianapolis: Chicago, Cincinnati MLB, Columbus NHL
Orlando/Jacksonville: All of that Florida saturation
Columbus: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh
OKC: a drive north from Dallas
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Hampton Roads, Virginia: D.C. and Charlotte area teams
Ottawa: Montreal New Jersey
Baltimore basketball (and who-cares hockey): D.C.
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Maybe a little of a stretch:
Little Rock near Texas, Memphis/Nashville, New Orleans. South of Missouri teams.
Boise is pretty much the middle of a SLC, Porltand and Seattle triangulation.
A Buffalo/Toronto proximity is questionable, even outside of the international NFL question (CFL league interest) and good spirit of Sabres and Maple Leafs.
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