NBA or NHL -- more NBA teams looking to relocate
Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com writes about the instability of the NBA.
But the fact remains that the NBA is on the precipice of moving into an era of franchise relocation unlike anything the league has experienced since the 1970s, when four teams -- the Rockets, Kings, Clippers and Jazz -- called in the long-haul moving trucks and three others -- the Nets, Bullets and Warriors -- relocated within their geographical regions.
Remind me again which league is more stable?
The league that just came off a cancelled season with revenue sharing, a $39 million hard cap, a profit sharing agreement between the players’ association and ownership and a solid minor league system which develops players at both a AAA (the AHL) and AA (ECHL) level.
The league with a soft-cap, an age requirement which borders on racism, virtually no minor league system, which relies on the NCAA to “develop” its players and may have up to 20% of the league’s franchises “either openly seeking to relocate or actively discussing the possibility of setting up shop in new cities.”
The list could grow by one more if Herb Kohl sells the Bucks to someone that wants to relocate them.
Six NBA franchises might be moving to a city near you
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The article starts out rather blustery with teams moving all over the place and ends rather weakly with Sheridan predicting that only the Kings move – to either Anaheim or Las Vegas.
Sheridan makes the bold prediction that the Nets will move to a new arena in Brooklyn. No great revelation there. I don’t work in the media or even follow the NBA very closely and I can tell you that the Nets will move. It just makes good business sense. The Meadowlands is not a place to attract or develop a loyal, rabid fan base.
The Devils are leaving The Meadowlands for a new arena in downtown Newark.
The Nets will move, too and develop a terrific fan base right in the city. Ratner will be a hero for moving a professional sports franchise back to Brooklyn.
How does this relate to Kansas City? Well, Mr. Sheridan doesn't think a team will move here. I think either a NHL or NBA team will make Kansas City home within the next 3 years.