Thursday, March 16, 2006

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.

Or

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

You need to be an ESPN Insider to read the article.

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.

10 Comments:

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to burst your bubble but the NHL will fail in KC.

While you might attack the NBA for it's "faults" which you have incorrect, Kansas City is in a prime time location for an NBA team. There is nothing from Chicago to Denver unless you head to Texas (too many teams already) or Minnesota (which is losing money). The delevopment league for the NBA has is the NCAA. The NCAA thrives in the Mid-West. Having a team with ex KU, MU, OK or Texas players will not only fill the seats but cause an even greater demand to have the NCAA final four in KC.

Now the NHL has made huge strides to make a come back but for KC it's NBA all the way.

 
At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, the NBA is the best bet.

There is just no natural fan base for hockey. Who here in the Kansas City area grew up playing hockey? NO ONE.
Conversely it is hard to find a driveway that doesn't have a basketball hoop. I think fans will have a hard time relating to hockey as very few people have actually ever played the sport. I know you don't have to play the sport to be a fan, or a supporter. But if we are talking about numbers here and if a franchise can be successful, an NBA team is the smartest move.

In addition last years playoffs was some of the most exciting basketball in years. The NBA is heading towards another "Golden Era" like that of the late 80's and early 90's with franchise players like Dwayne Wade and Lebron James who are actually team oriented players and great competitors, not just super-stars.

How great would it be to have a team like the Pistons with no single franchise player but a team that is willing to play great together that the whole city could get behind.

Bring it back KC. Its time.

 
At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kansa city needs a NBA team we could make millions witha team and also make KC a much more exciting city where people wont to go.And not just any people famous people. people who could give money to Kansas City. We could get so popular they could have NBA All-star weekend here. just think about it. 90% of kc like the NBA

 
At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the NBA please bring it back to Kansas City! I wanna get a NBA jersey in my hometown. Can't we just get the LA CLippers

 
At 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

F..k hockey the NBA is the best for KC

 
At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also want an NBA team. Hopefully those who run the Sprint Center will bring one in.

But I would be fine with the NHL if we can't get one. I just don't want the "anchor tenant" AEG is talking about to be a WNBA team ("OOOOOOO!!! SHE LAID IT OFF THE GLASS!!!").

I've always been an NCAA basketball fan and I've always wanted to be that excited about a pro team.

And, who knows, maybe this will make us less reliant on the Chiefs to be the premier contenders in KC

 
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At 3:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bottom line is, when someone thinks of hockey, they don't usually think of Kansas City. When you talk about basketball, one thinks about the Midwest and it's wide fan base. I just think that if Kansas City is to keep a team, their best bet is to land an NBA franchise. Whatever happens, I hope the Sprint Center can be the home to some pro sports franchise because it would be a shame if this fantastic venue goes to waste.

 
At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KC could possibly get the Clippers correct me if I am wrong ? They got a new arena that looks futuristic and finally some new for a sports team to play & ready to be use for a successful franchise in 20 years, I mean the Chiefs sucks corn,the Royals are no more kings with the crown! really the only success in KC sports is the Big 12 Basketball tournament. NBA all KC`s, they hungry for wins in the 21st century and KC I think you cool enough for the NBA. By MJofBaltimore!

 
At 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe there was something on the news about the Kansas City Spartens movings to the sprint center and possible they might turn the ABA team to a NBA team. Depending on the turn out of ticket sales.

Hockey in the midwest isn't the sport KC needs right now, maybe in the future.

I believe, if KC does get a NBA team then they shouldn't just put money for them but for the Royals and the Chiefs. The management isn't putting enough money into our teams.

So I hope for the NBA team, just I really want to effort from our Team owners to put the money up. If not we are looking at a team getting the heck out of here pretty fast.

 

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