Saturday, December 5, 2015

Geographic Twin Cities in Major Sports America. Some Thoughts on a Regional Brand Franchise

100 miles in between big cities in America. That's basically how it is.

Not the existing St. Paul-Minneapolis combo.
But look at other, essentially twin-cities.

And it's nothing to say of Dallas-Arlington or NYC-Brooklyn Borough or New Jersey.  Suburbia is a reality in America.

I have blog blabbed  (mentioned) much of this before:
Omaha-Lincoln isn't a 50 miles separation
Cincinnati-Dayton  A minor league soccer club is having a nearly seamless transition in a relocation from the Cincinnati Saints to a reincarnate brand of Dayton Dynamo.  Basically less than 40 miles apart.  Ditto for Cleveland-Akron.
Austin-San Antonio is not 75 miles apart.
Tuscaloosa to Birmingham isn't an hour or sixty miles
Albuquerque to Santa Fe is 60 miles.

In theory, put one stadium or arena in between these cities.  For instance, Middletown is a Cincinnati-Dayton place and San Marcos the same in Texas.

What about a Toronto brand named Ontario?  It's essentially the town of both in Hamilton.  It's just the way it's branded.

The twin-cities nod, with cities not necessarily being across the river from each other, just reminds us that the proximity of each other can make for a super metro area and we all know it could be a logical weekly trek, or a relatively short hike for both footballs in America.  It's why I want an Ohio Divided franchise of MLS.  And it could be soon.  Because Dayton and Cincinnati and Paul Brown Stadium.  And Columbus already in the market.

Rochester and Buffalo minor league baseball shows some triple A baseball teams.    With the influx of an MLB team in that area, minor leagues departure from Upstate NY could mean minor league teams somewhere else.

Instead of increasing the number of AAA teams, would there be more minor league team colaboratives or an improved existing product for minor league affiliates?

Every good minor league team at higher tiered levels can have 3 guys that are major league material and the rest are there to help those very same guys improve.  Essentially that's the reality.  All of that is just thought for how when MLB expands, so might the minor leagues.  And with a two place team, the void of home (camp) games at one location could be the home (camp) games for the newly created minor league twin-city affiliate.  You know, bouncing back and forth and switching out.

Yes there are business issues like market saturation.  And regional sports networks rights.  All solvable.   Maybe my model of multi-town teams is foolish in the money aspect, even if great for ambiance because the money is more in television than it is in the seats (as of 2012).
What are your thoughts on this?

Nerd stuff:
 Think with your heads.

See your place in the Index Key
See much more expansion, co-location and relocation talk for the

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