Emeka Okafor - Joe Smith - Carmelo Anthony - Manu Ginobili - Jason Williams
Al Jefferson - James Posey - Aaron McKie - Shaun Livingston
Put its up to KC to support the team and it likely won't happen since the Royals, Chiefs, and Sporting KC are there. Not enough of a market to support the 3 big sports. The NBA model isn't suited for them. Hockey would be better.
I disagree. The northern VA came awefully close to getting a MLB team in Norfolk 7 years ago and most Major Leagues have been eager to tap an untapped market. There is a rich ABA history there. If the Kings don't land there some major league franchise will test that market.
All that being said, I'll only believe this when I hear something official. Rumors spawn like bunnies when it comes to NBA relocation.
With purple and pinstripes from days gone by, I trumpet Hugo's name to the NOLA sky. When rebranders and posers abuse their might, beware my power, TEAL LANTERN'S LIGHT!
Forever hating the nickname, the logos, and the colors. Still backing the team I've loved since 1994.
Stolen name. Stolen colors. Stolen identity. Still the same old worthless Slobcats. Suck sludge, Charlotte.
You will see a MAJOR League franchise in Northern Virginia within the next 5-10 years. It prolly won't be the Kings who in my opinion won't leave the west coast. But the market itself is perfect for somebody. High Income and No competition, very similar to San Antonio and OKC. A very shrewd move by the maloofs.
Why Virginia? Bring a NBA back to Baltimore. At least they won a title here. We have a HUGE basketball following here and TONS of talent coming from the city also. A lot of people here love basketball but are not willing to take the drive to DC to watch the Capital Bullets I meant Washington Wizards.
Ugh, teaming up with Comcast and Live Nation to build an arena, I don't know know if I despise any two companies more. Little did I know they were in on the rip-off together. That being said, I still think it makes more sense than Anaheim. In the end though, I hope they remain in Sacramento, some small market camaraderie.
1. Let it be known that I want the Kings to stay in Sacramento. They can be successful there under the right ownership, and no fan base should have to see its team move unless there's no alternative.
2. The KC sports situation is unique. Both the Chiefs and Royals play in Independence, which is quite a long way from downtown, especially in game traffic. Sporting KC (MLS soccer) plays WAY far from downtown. The Sprint Center (new arena) is right in the middle of downtown next to a successful new night life district. The NBA could be very successful in that location, despite the perceived market saturation.
KU and MU basketball are VERY popular in KC. If a KC NBA team kept a couple of players from those teams in stock, I think it could be huge.
I was stationed in Va beach for 5 years, and after putting in thought I can say that I think they would succeed there. Its not just Va beach though, It's all the Seven cities there ( Va beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, etc .) Let alone Richmond and Northern North Carolina by extension. The Admirals and the Tide, both at 5,000 a game, ( Minor league hockey and Baseball ) is ok attendance by minor league standards, so I expect They can fill a Arena easily for a NBA team. Its also a VERY LARGE military community ( Tickets will be discounted for Military Members) , so expect sell outs for the big name teams. Expect a Pro team in the near future if not the Kings.
I'll add that I think the Royals struggle for support so much because MLB is particularly hard on small markets because of its financials. It's just difficult for the Royals to put a winning product on the field. KC was able to support both the Chiefs and Royals back in the '80s when the Royals were winning.
I guess I look at a city like Cleveland, which also has a metro area population of ~2 million and is somehow able to have the Cavs, Browns, and Indians, and think "maybe KC could do that too!"
Last edited by greewe; 08-24-2012 at 04:30 PM.
^ Have nothing but soul crushing pro teams that do nothing but drive the local populace into depression?
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The Royals are a prime example of why baseball needs a salary cap. What make salary cap sport more viable is the ability for small teams to thrive for periods of time.
If this goes through, some team from the east is going to have to move into the west. I can't imagine having a team in VA play in the Western Conference.
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