Thursday, March 5, 2015

Portland the NHL's Bridesmaid. Maybe the Bride. Expansion/Relocation

Las Vegas chatter about getting the NHL:  doesn't that make the people of Oregon cringe?

I bet the league has a fallback (backup) in mind.  Last call would be Portland in the event of a Vegas failure.  And I think they're fine and dandy with that idea to suit their having first footing in the Sin City.  Salt Lake City would reach out and might have a case in such an event.  In the east, I feel Atlanta can be passed on for obvious and recent reasons, although I consider it a better alternative to Miami.  To me, the capital of the south is a part-time hockey town (example articles for tag teams listed below).

In the bigs, Portland is the largest one-team town (under-served market) in sports. (noted: they have two out of the big 5).  Sacramento is in the same ballpark in that regard and I believe they deserve some California Angels lovin'.  But So-Cal is represented enough in the long-term successful San Jose hockey.  I can only think of Austin or Omaha/Lincoln as other deserving areas.  Some folks are okay with the saturation of Kansas City.

Other drifting thoughts in the east are Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Cincinnati.  But the thought of Portland not being the bride and rivalry of Seattle kind of rubs me wrong for the fleeting and luscious town of Las Vegas.

I suppose it isn't a slap enough about the face when it comes to hockey in Phoenix not becoming the West Coast Coyotes of Portland.

See way more talk about big league expansion, relocation and co-location throughout the blog:  INDEX   

Targeted for my Major League Relocation and a Wider Geographic Swath

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