2014 ProSportsExpansion BLOG Year in Review

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So, the feasibility of my Triple T (3T, Travel-Tag-Team model) is questionable/debatable in terms of business feasibility and an arguably tangible/intangible ownership in the hearts of the fan base willing to embrace a part time team or regional spirit.
West Coast Athletics?
I haven't really done research so much as I have searched and landed on helpful bearings like wikipedia (image modified from wiki on the right) And there are some good sources: (:http://prosportsexpansion.blogspot.com/p/informative-links.html)
and news articles. 

I kicked off the blog February 22 in order to form an information spot of consolidated browsing for finding out the best chances for whatever spot to be the place for the newest ballclubs.  I see some indications that more than a grassroots effort has been mounted in the likes of Portland and Nashville to land teams.  I would expect to see more, but since the franchises are business driven and it's all about timing among other factors of investment, who knows?  Who knows how New Orleans or Charlotte will look economically in a decade from now and which investors will be around and willing and able to invest? 

Either way, I couldn't find a good consolidation (MAP) of future feasible franchise locations on the world wide web and so I blab on my blog.  There's not one site out there that I can see to preach the good words to me, so I blab to myself like some crazed disciple that's lost from reality.

Sex sells.  It's one measure.
Since it's not in the current leagues business climates and the economy in general, I spend a lot of time in Imagination Land.  It's good to be prepared should the time come though, right?  And with an imaginary gun to my head I came up with a way for more folks in more places to "realistically" have their own team, if only in name, that hits close(r) to home.  I do so, even with the existing (number) of franchises in each league.

If you can gather other people in your area who have a lust for the likes of an NFL, NBA or MLS squad, and especially a drivable representation in hockey or MLB, I think it best that you get started.  Talk to people smarter than you and I and get that snowball rolling for the next time a franchise goes looking for more appreciative digs like your hometown.

Greener pastures for some means the beach

Surprisingly, there's not a lot of material out there, or at least as much as there should be.  It takes time.  There are many micro to macro things that have to fall into place and the wait is like wine.  Like an expensive wine.  My blog is more about throwing Boone's Farm in a blender.  Tastes really good in my mind while I wait for my 2008 bottle of fancy pants to ferment.

There's a guy with a Facebook page trying to draw the Clippers here or there.  He might be throwing rocks into the moat but at least he sees the wisdom in David and Goliath.  Another for MLB in Charlotte.  Another for the NBA in Louisville.  A Nashville guy that created a web page with rationale abound.  Newspaper articles revisit the fantasy here and again and bored fantasy football people websites speak their piece from sportsnation to the insert-your-town Times or Business Courier.  But really, I'm surprised there isn't more going on out there in cyberspace.  Is it that daunting of an effort?!  A booster for the future.

Well yes.   Reality sucks.  A mountain sometimes seems insurmountable.  But you know how the saying goes:  "If everyone could do it then ..... ".  Is it not sweet to be the underdog with the story of a lifetime?

 Expand the team in name and/or places.

"Expansion" in name by branding is one way.  It can also be achieved by simply expanding in name.  The Rangers play in one place but it is still for all of Texas they take the field.  I argue that if a sports team were placed in Las Vegas and/or Portland, naming it "West Coast" would make for exponential apparel sales, probably for many places in between.  Expanding by multiplying their home bases (camps) is definitely a way to achieve it, and the issue of cost could be pondered.  Apparel for the "Tennessee" Titans sells more than it would for a team were it to be named the "Nashville Oilers".  A helluva' lot more people from Memphis would be able to attend a Titans game in Memphis, and maybe even a lot more folks from Nashville would give the Titans game a go if the games were only on a monthly basis for their own home court drive.

A few things I have summed up for myself this year:  It's television money and Las Vegas.

Television is the real home game and a home game is maybe a brief camping in the comfort away from the confines of the couch.

All of the leagues have some weariness about the City of Sin.  It's not just the need to get over gambling.  The population is big but not big enough to scream no doubt.  It's closer to Milwaukee than Los Angeles like that.  It has heavily service-populated salaries which is a good reflection of tourists, but how many homegrowns are there for till-death-do-them-part?  Is it a travel destination that would reflect the same sense of loyalty that the rest home of Florida has?

But every league kind of wishes it could be first in Las Vegas.  And if any city could have a big league dip their toes to part time it for a struggling or new-share of a franchise, the City of Sin is that alibi.  My big vote is for a West Coast Athletics baseball camp there in the regular season.  Were a stadium to be built, and if any city would be able to have the money and land expedited faster than any other, it would be the promise from Las Vegas.  At present, would it not be so nice for Portland or Seattle to get in on that bid for a share in the coming NHL expansion and Vegas arena?  A good number of games to split up.  Plenty of hearts for fondness in the West Coast places.

What name would you want to scheme up for what place?  
Know a great or innovative spot in your city for a stadium?
Is the business of it (3T) a viably achievable model?

I would love your comments and vote.

Personally, my favorite schemes:

In short, I would tell MLB and NHL to get on board with my West Coast brand idea with Las Vegas on board. 

West Coast A's or Las Vegas-Montreal Expos     
         Tampa Bay Monterrey Rays  I would vacate Tampa altogether, preferring the Florida Marlins to playing in two places instead of just Miami and a southland brand making sure Charlotte and Nashville are covered.  But reality pesters me with western Florida's very large television market.                                                                                           
West Coast Raiders bringing two new states into the NFL.  Portland and Vegasville.
Rams back in Los Angeles.

West Coast NHL (Porltand-Las Vegas v. Seattle)

 If anything in the NBA, West Coast Clippers additionally, either playing in Seattle or Las Vegas.

 A thought or two:  
NFL:  Southland Jaguars.  Thinking Louisville, Birminghamish 

NHL Southlakes Predators in Atlanta also.  The Southlakes Fisherman re-brand?
Panthers becoming something else elsewhere like the Milwaukee-Cleveland Great Lakes brand.

West Coast Divided or Excited in Vegas and Tucson/or Sacramento
Ohio Divided in Cincinnati and Toledo or Cleveland
Detroit Arsenal
Texas Divided in Austin (San Marcos)

See some samples: 

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

Travel Teams and Travel Facilities: East Coast vs. West Coast vs. Great Lakes vs. the Gulf vs the Rivers

Arizona Major League Soccer Franchise should be placed in Tucson

West Coast or Portland Athletics and the Coastal Run Rays of Tampa Bay and New Orleans, 2015 MLB

San Marcos, Texas Should Be the Second Site For Texas Teams

NBA Sister Cities Abroad

The California Angels of Anaheim and Oakland. West Coast Raiders.

Kentucky Downs.  A rivalry down the road for Cincinnati. What would a future Kentucky NFL team be called?

Will Chi-town ever get another Chicagoland team?

Two Teams for a Town in a Sport. Who has got Next?

NBA - If each franchise had to camp in two cities... .

What would you do this year and next as NFL dictator? Give the exercise a try in your mind. 

Options Options Options. What about this Relocation & Expansion for 32 team MLB ?

Next MLB Expansion Likely Canada or Mexico

Major League Baseball in Tennessee. How to beat out Charlotte for an Expansion Bid. New Brave King of the South

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

Boston Celtics of Cincinnati. #NBA Expansion

West Coast Whales NHL Team in Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas

Forget building a new ballpark in Oakland. Do it in Las Vegas. The West Coast Athletics

Fantasy Expansion Example for Hometown

Don't turn your back on ideas completely.  Look Las Vegas.

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