Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Look at some Population Combinations and Gaps/Absences in Big League Sports Cities

Perhaps you'll need to push some ambiance out of your mind for a moment.  Naming a few:

Houston and hockey.
St. Louis and basketball.
Portland and football.
Charlotte and baseball.
Phoenix and soccer.

Okay, bring some thoughts of ambiance and business back.  Hockey in Houston is a melt.  And there's probably enough sports market saturation to go around with much of what I'm saying.  The business market reflects it.

bizjournals.com/bizjournals/news/2015/04/09

Look at some populations.
wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Metropolitan_Statistical_Areas

Then look at some television markets.
tvb.org/media/file/Nielsen_2014-2015_DMA_Ranks.pdf
stationindex.com/tv/tv-markets

Television money makes more than ticket money a dozen years after this century/millennium began.

A wonderful shrinking world of screens and roadways, certainly in the good ol' infrastructure confines of the U.S. of A.  Thank the heavens above.

Take a few sports-absent cities in the north, south, east and west.  Envision their combined power as maybe an East Coast or West Coast brand.

Nashville + Charlotte = how many people?  Around 4 million.  A southland brand with a few appearances or exhibitions throughout old dixie can be quite a number of places.

LV + Portland equals 4.4 million folks.  That matches the top dozen metros in America.  Add Sacramento and you get well over 6.5 million for a west coast brand which would equal out to a top 5 population of any one place in America.
And don't forget the gaps.  -The strectches between Vegas and Oregon.
And the embrace.  And the name affection.  If you live in Hawaii, or the Redwoods or Anchorage, aren't you kind of West Coast?  Boise is west coast'ish.  Could San Diego be thrown in for a west brand of NBA?  You bet.
With none of the Big Five sports leagues doing something like this, how much money is being left on the table for moneymakers like television and apparel?

I find a tag-travel-team in a defined or branded region to be a great way to test the markets.  And not having people feeling left out.  OKC was discovered by housing the Hornets of New Orleans.  Not far away from that in Nebraska and Missouri, the NBA's Kansas City-Omaha Kings used to share venues.  What do I mean by a "branded" justification?  While it might be a stretch, a team like the Las Vegas-Montreal International Expos baseball team could fit in any averaged out (central) or east to west division alignment.  If there is any hesitancy about entering Mexican waters, why not grow an already big television market like Tampa Bay baseball into a massive following by the part-time Tampa Bay-Monterrey Rays?
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Think of all of the combinations.

Below are a few thoughts stuck in my head.

MLB.  The Oakland A's should part-time in Las Vegas as the West Coast A's.  Or leave for Portland and Vegas.  The Athletics are just miles away and cast under the shadow of Giants.

Do some addition by co-location with the Rays.  Maybe Mexico or Charlotte.  If they were the Coastal Run Rays of the South with the likes of New Orleans, Monterrey or Carolina, it'd be more exciting for the seats than as it stands.  And compete with the Braves.  Or move the Rays and split time between west and east coast Florida as the Florida Marlins.  Or southland with Nashville.
Think of a Southland Blues brand.

This is expansion without growing to 32 teams.

NFL.  Okay, without creating new teams, I wish the Jaguars would be more of a southern shared team with the likes of Little Rock and Louisville or Birmingham.  It's a weekly show so maybe my model isn't best for football.  But I'm excited about my location considerations.  Any arguments for Austin and San Antonio which have close Texas proximity to each other could easily do something like a compromise (in-between) of San Marcos.  Think MLS.  Austin deserves something!  Why not Texas United.  Or "Divided" with a Dynamos and D-town FC presence?  Wouldn't the NFL presence a drive away from Tuscaloosa be exciting for a southern or Alabama brand of football.  Imagine,....they did Saturday, so let them drive to the ghost town Green Bay of Alabama the next day.  The affections could mutually co-exist.  There could be a major boost for some small town.
Couldn't Portland share the West Coast Raiders with Oaktown or Sin City?

NBA.  I wish, instead of Los Angeles hogging teams, the Clippers would've become the West Coast Clippers of San Diego and Seattle or Las Vegas or some kind of combination of LA and anywhere else.  But like every other league, the NBA is leaving apparel and brand money on the table.  And a chance for places like San Jose and Boise to feel the powerbrand like Yankees nation.  The West Coast brand has opportunity in every league and I talk about it throughout the blog.

NHLWest Coast and North Coast.
West Coast Coyotes adding Las Vegas, Portland and Seattle of some sort.  Also think about exhibition in Alaska.  North Coast, north shore or Great Lakes in Cleveland, Milwaukee and the likes of Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Rochester, Syracuse or Toledo.  Exposure and more folks tuned in with a feeling of their skin in the game.  Money.  Television money.  Hockey Nations.  East Coast Whalers of Hartford and Norfolk?  It's in my blog. 

East Coast Whalers of Norfolk and Hartford. A Two-Place Team in the NHL   (click)

 


MLS.  Grow it through the road show.  Appalachian Bootleggers apparel through the power of Nashville and Charlotte?  That sounds exciting.


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Saturday, June 20, 2015

20,000 Seat Stadiums and the Next Baseball Expansion Teams

In the top television markets without Major League Baseball,  places like
Salt Lake City,  two North Carolina markets, Indianapolis and Columbus outrank Cincinnati.  That's not naming all the cities that don't have it, like Sacramento or Nashville.

stationindex.com/tv/tv-markets

How could 80 home games be turned into however many camp games?
If an "Eastern" team played in 3 places, that's roughly 26 games in each city.  And that could be, let's say Indianapolis, Nashville and Charlotte.  Charlotte's Triple A stadium holds over 10 thousand fans.  12 for Indy, 13 for Louisville.   35k might be too big for 25 games, but do you think an Eastland brand could sell out 20,000 seats for that many games?  It is said that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Who would fill out the Western brand?
Las Vegas and Portland with who?
Salt Lake City?  Oklahoma City?  ...Boise?
Or could the Westward Railroad Baseball Club include Nebraska for 20k seats somewhere in the Omaha-Lincoln metroplex?
Would a truckers brand of Westward Road Warriors be neat?  What about Wagoneers.
What would Eastland be called.?  Eagles?  Mother Truckers?  Road Dawgs?
Big Rig
Either way, doesn't 6 new major league cities and ballparks strike your fancy for the next motherload of expansions?

Another good link:  thebaseballhaven.wordpress.com

A ball park built outside of Portland, seating 20k, could serve as a multipurpose, environmentally friendlier venue.  Travel-Tag-Team, problems solved.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Las Vegas Team. What's it's Name?

Aces
Aviators
Aliens
Gamblers
Rollers
Dice      Wouldn't "Dicey" be a good name for a WNBA team?
Wagon
Travellers
Shepherds
Trains
Horsemen
Eagles or another name that would win a broad base like troops
Reapers
Showmen
Hogs
Brigaide, West Coast Brigaide
Frogmen, Fleet
and what about Wienerdawgs





Plenty on the net.

Personally, I like Outlaws.  "Bones" could grow on me.
espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/12551758/nhl-here-our-suggested-las-vegas-expansion-team-nicknames

Rattlers:
http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2015/02/11/5-possible-names-for-nhl-team-in-las-vegas/

ranker.com/list
Thunder

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Beaten like a dead horse on my blog:  I wish the baseball team was the Las Vegas Athletics, shared with Oakland/Sacramento and/or Portland.  And the brand name would be West Coast A's.  Maybe 4 home games, same said, for the West Coast Raiders.  Instead of another MLS Los Angeles FC, I would like an LA - LV share for the West Coast Diamond Club.  West Coast Clippers could fill a Las Vegas and Seattle void.  West Coast Coyotes.

But let me think up some personal preferences for each sports league for Las Vegas.

MLS:  Diamond Cutters        
NBA:  Flights
NFL:  Outlaws                        
MLB:  Aces or Aviators          
                       NHL:  Showmen


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If ever a Big Time Pro Sports Team in New Mexico
A Quick Gander at the States without Big League Sports
NBA Travel Team. Route 66 NBA Club
Arizona Diamondbacks of Albuquerque MLB Expansion
Seattle with the NBA Team Again. And a New NHL Team
West Coast Whales NHL Team in Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas
 Seattle Clippers?
"Northern Lights" NHL Team a New Expansion Team for Seattle and Portland. Try that on for Size
Grey Coast Ghosts. NHL Expansion Team that Includes Portland and Seattle. West Coast Brand

Major League Baseball in Vancouver and Montreal. Make it one team. North Country Lumberjacks
Las Vegas Montreal Internationals Baseball. Major League Expansion Experiment
Cuba? Major League Baseball in Havana Someday Sooner?
NHL Team in Austin and Las Vegas called the West Coast Cattle Drive 
East Coast Whalers of Norfolk and Hartford. A Two-Place Team in the NHL  

Will MLS embrace a "West Coast" Moniker Brand? Be the First

 

The Chivas should've been moved to Las Vegas Part-Time

lasvegassun.com/news/2015/aug/03/vote-mascot-potential-las-vegas-hockey-team


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Monday, June 8, 2015

Golden State and New England Brand Turf. Smarter Expansions

I admire this branding move made by the NBA and NFL franchise.  In 1971, both of these teams expanded their geographic monikers.  The basketball one did so when they moved across the bay from San Francisco Warriors to Oakland.  And the other used to be the Boston Patriots.  It's an expansion in name.

Golden State, meaning "California", could play in San Diego.  It's all Cali.  Football, being a less frequently played venue, would still be accurate if they had to camp a few games home in Hartford in addition to Beantown.

And, if you're from Oakland, I apologize ahead of time with regards to you as a fan of Oakland sports in my other blog posts.  Just business, nothing personal.

Decades ago, these teams laid a bigger claim.  Throughout my blog I've thrown around other geographically expanded names, like:
North Coast, Great Lakes, North Shore, West Coast, East Coast, Midlakes, Southlake, Northland, Southland, Eastland, Coastal Run to include more cities in some of the big leagues AS A SHARED TRAVEL-TAG-TEAM like Nashville, Charlotte, Portland, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Monterrey (Mexico) and on and on.

Coast to coast, covering bigger chunks.
theelectoralmap.com


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Coastal Kings Baseball Team for Charlotte and Portland. A Two-Place Team in the MLB. Like Las Vegas

And I'm all for the disbandment of Tampa Bay Rays baseball in favor of this.  They could suck it up and share the Florida Marlins when they're busy not watching Yankees games.

So, if a brand of baseball were shared between Charlotte and Portland, I like the sound of the "Coastal King Coasters".  They could even camp some regular season games in the likes of Sacramento; Monterrey, Mexico; Atlantic City, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and New Orleans.

I see Travel-Tag Teams as a future in expansion for the likes of MLB, NBA and the NHL.  Doubts about markets like Las Vegas could be lessened when there are more camps at stake.

For markets like Portland and Charlotte for as far as Major League Baseball is concerned, you're the closest on the cusp but not even on the cusp.  Ditto for New Orleans and Nashville.  The reincarnation of the Expos could be better served as the East Coast Expos or International Expos of Charlotte and Montreal Flights.  Las Vegas-Montreal Internationals playing in Nevada and the Montreal-Las Vegas International Expos playing some days in Quebec has a bit of a ring to it, don't you think?

It could be a Coastal Kings with Las Vegas in there.  I've talked about a desire for the West Coast Athletics in Portland and Las Vegas to give the Giants some breathing room and the A's a ton more money along with a few ballparks.


I've blogged about it.  Click links below:


New Orleans: Visiting the Possibility of more Pro Sports
Dakota NHL Team 
Grey Coast Ghosts. NHL Expansion Team that Includes Portland and Seattle. West Coast Brand
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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Name for a New Canadian NFL Team. And NBA and MLB

The voids of Vancouver and Montreal shadowed by Toronto could be overcome with the theme prevalent in my blog.  A Travel-Tag-Team.  A simple example of this would be the Texas Rangers playing in Austin and Arlington and the California Angels playing in Sacramento in addition to the saturation of southern California Los Angeles Anaheim.  If only the Florida Marlins could come to be again, Miami sharing with Tampa 'round Yankee turf.

So why not such a brand in Canada.  The NFL could be in Toronto.  And CFL and Buffalo, don't fret.  They could be an All-Canada brand and play in the east (Montreal) and west (Vancouver), hitting all of the CFL stadiums from one home (camp) week to another.  The TV ratings in Canada could amount to vast amounts of money.

Another MLB and NBA team could float from Vancouver to Montreal.  And as far as league/division/conference alignment is concerned, the team could be placed as an average (being Central) or an east or west division team alignment, freeing up the ease with which other expansion is considered.


courtesy of google image cnn article
Staying away from something nationalistic like America name this or Team Mexico or Canada, I like more of a subtle connotation.  Think Canada.  French.  English.  Mounties (aka, "the Force"), ...I like "Norde Force".  I also like the brand name of "North Country".  North Lakes.  Northland.

Lumberjacks, Leafs, Grizzlies,
What about the Canadian Shield?

Even for hockey and soccer, I think North Coast would be cool.  Markets like Saskatoon, Quebec City and Newfoundland would love a stake in a team, even if it isn't wholesale their's.
What about the Canadian Coastals for a baseball brand housed in Vancouver and Montreal?

I have talked about this more in my blog:

See:  Transteleportation of Sports Spectatorship 
Major League Baseball in Vancouver and Montreal. Make it one team. North Country Lumberjacks
Las Vegas Montreal Internationals Baseball. Major League Expansion Experiment
Defunct American CFL Teams
More Canadian NHL teams
Canada's Populated Places to Consider in Pro Sports Expansion
Monterrey Padres. The Pads [Pods] landing MLB in Mexico with a San Diego Share
Saskatoon:  Midlakes Mustangs NHL Expansion Team
 WMLB Team Names
Ohio United. Or call it an Ohio Divided Team. Cincinnati-Dayton Metroplex  
Named "North Country". A Big League Brand
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NBA Canada. In Montreal and Vancouver

Like I've blogblabbed before, it would've been nice for, instead of the Grizzlies vacating Vancouver, they would've co-located in Montreal for a Nord North Country brand to keep the NBA east to west strong for our neighbor north, still Big Country leaves.


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See:  Transteleportation of Sports Spectatorship 
Major League Baseball in Vancouver and Montreal. Make it one team. North Country Lumberjacks
Las Vegas Montreal Internationals Baseball. Major League Expansion Experiment
Defunct American CFL Teams
More Canadian NHL teams
Canada's Populated Places to Consider in Pro Sports Expansion
Monterrey Padres. The Pads [Pods] landing MLB in Mexico with a San Diego Share
Saskatoon:  Midlakes Mustangs NHL Expansion Team
 WMLB Team Names
Ohio United. Or call it an Ohio Divided Team. Cincinnati-Dayton Metroplex 
 

WMLB Team Names

WMLB
Cincinnati Redlegs
San Diego Madres
Marinettes
Red Soxers
Yankeeboppers or Pankies

Metro Mamas
Phillies
Lady Pirates
Indian girls?  Squas?      not PC?
Mama Bears

White Socks
Twins
Rangers
Astronaumicals
Diamondgirls
  
Dodgies
Brave Ladies
Raybies
Marlies
Oriolas

Flaggerettes
Lady Jays
Tigreses
Giants
Cardinal Nuns

Angels
A Games
Royal Queens
Brewerettes
Rockies
    or should it truly be a league of their own?

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