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skippy
04-11-2009, 12:59 PM
Last night on the news, T-birds owner said he would "like to see the team back, but we need "angel" investors". He went on to say that this costs a lot of money, the NBA gives them alot, it's just not enough to keep it going by himself."

The local anchor told people to come out and see what just might be the last Albuquerque Thunderbirds game ever.

Minor League Man
04-11-2009, 05:47 PM
I was afraid somebody was gonna fold...but that's the way the economy's turning, I guess...

This is how I see the D-League alignment for 2009-10:

NORTHEAST DIVISION
Erie BayHawks
Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Maine Red Claws
Springfield
CENTRAL DIVISION
Dakota Wizards
Iowa Energy
Sioux Falls Skyforce
Tulsa 66ers
MIDWEST DIVISION
Austin Toros
Colorado 14ers
Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Utah Flash
WEST DIVISION
Bakersfield Jam
Idaho Stampede
Los Angeles D-Fenders
Reno Bighorns

jjbballfan
04-11-2009, 09:23 PM
Why don't the Suns just buy them? I understand that the Suns have the cheapest owner in the NBA but still.... they have used the D-League pretty regularly in the past....

DakotaWiz
04-11-2009, 10:34 PM
Colorado is folding. Not Albuquerque.

Minor League Man
04-11-2009, 11:45 PM
Colorado is folding. Not Albuquerque.

You actually think the team with the best record in the league (and a good proximity to one of the NBA's better teams) is gonna fold???

TBirdCrazy
04-14-2009, 01:59 PM
Colorado is folding. Not Albuquerque.

I heard that Colorado was going to fold too. Not quite sure how true it is...but also heard that rumor.

a1sports
04-14-2009, 02:59 PM
Colorado is going to close shop...no $$$$. They even inquired about going to the PBL, because the PBL pays for travel, refs and uniforms.

bdyer
04-15-2009, 01:11 PM
Yeah, that's a guarantee of success.

Ken, Steelheads fan
04-15-2009, 02:26 PM
I was afraid somebody was gonna fold...but that's the way the economy's turning, I guess...

This is how I see the D-League alignment for 2009-10:

NORTHEAST DIVISION
Erie BayHawks
Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Maine Red Claws
Springfield
CENTRAL DIVISION
Dakota Wizards
Iowa Energy
Sioux Falls Skyforce
Tulsa 66ers
MIDWEST DIVISION
Austin Toros
Colorado 14ers
Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Utah Flash
WEST DIVISION
Bakersfield Jam
Idaho Stampede
Los Angeles D-Fenders
Reno Bighorns

I don't think it's the economy. D-League teams have been folding like pressed shirts since day one. The interest isn't there for fall/winter minor league hoops. I'm not so sure interest is there for spring/summer hoops either, but those leagues can be run on the cheap.

skippy
04-15-2009, 06:52 PM
Anyone else heard anything?

Particularly troubling to me was the use of the term "angel" investor.

jjbballfan
04-15-2009, 08:41 PM
The problem with Colorado is that they are way too close to Denver.... so they compete with Broncos, Aves and Nuggets.... plus there is like 3-4 minor league hockey teams in the region..... If they'd move to Casper WY or Rapid City SD they'd have 3 times the attendance, more sponsership... travel would be a little more but it don't work when you are that close to the major market....

baller5000
04-21-2009, 05:16 PM
I heard that the 14ers owner tried to get out of the league last summer. I don't think they will stay in Broomfield but if they win it all, don't be surprised if they are re-located. I would think the league wouldn't want the champion to fold right after they win the championship.

Minor League Man
04-21-2009, 09:48 PM
I heard that the 14ers owner tried to get out of the league last summer. I don't think they will stay in Broomfield but if they win it all, don't be surprised if they are re-located. I would think the league wouldn't want the champion to fold right after they win the championship.

Three words: BUDWEISER EVENTS CENTER. (home to the Eagles and Ice). They could keep their name, logo, & everything too!

baller5000
04-22-2009, 09:51 AM
I would LOVE to see that. Is there someone around who would buy the team? Or at least be willing to cover the Franchise Fee? I'm sure the league would work out some sort of deal.

LandRoverUT60
04-22-2009, 08:54 PM
I like that idea. It's a win-win situation: the team would stay afloat, and a rather solid market would have a team to call their own. Kind of like my St. George, UT idea, but I won't go into that here.