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Houston Caldwell
02-24-2012, 02:34 PM
Just wanted to hear some opinions on this----- there are currently no D-League teams in the Southeast, and I'm curious as to why. The D-League affiliate of both the Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks is the team in Reno, Nevada.

Have always thought Nashville would be a good market for a D-League team (the Nashville arena, Bridgestone Arena, is managed by the ownership of the NHL Nashville Predators, who have looked at getting into the Arena Football business to fill some dates at Bridgestone---- so why not D-League hoops?).

Minor League Man
02-24-2012, 06:27 PM
Just wanted to hear some opinions on this----- there are currently no D-League teams in the Southeast, and I'm curious as to why. The D-League affiliate of both the Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks is the team in Reno, Nevada.

Have always thought Nashville would be a good market for a D-League team (the Nashville arena, Bridgestone Arena, is managed by the ownership of the NHL Nashville Predators, who have looked at getting into the Arena Football business to fill some dates at Bridgestone---- so why not D-League hoops?).
The reason there's no D-League in the Southeast, I'm guessing is because that's where it started out (Asheville, Charleston, Columbus, Fayetteville, Greenville, Huntsville, Mobile, Roanoke)...when they switched away from league ownership, the Southeast quickly faded and the D-League started going more north, east, and west.

Sam Hill
02-24-2012, 06:43 PM
Just wanted to hear some opinions on this----- there are currently no D-League teams in the Southeast, and I'm curious as to why.

Probably because the original Southeast-based teams were a D-saster.

Every single one of the original D-League teams (all in the Southeast) were either folded or moved (or both) out of the Southeast by year seven.

panchess
02-24-2012, 07:54 PM
Yeah. That dog didn't hunt. Not enough time between college football and NASCAR to build a following.

SignGuyDino
02-27-2012, 01:44 PM
Rushed prodcut, replicant logos and mascots, arena/concert management deals that were unsustainable, local government givaways that backfired, burning bridges with local hockey teams, etc.

There are certain things they do much better. To me there IS NO serious "minor" league outside of the D-League. Sorry, none. Nobody wants to admit their semipro, or should be.

Also, Silver is already stating the NBA CBA is causing them to lose money. (Uh-huh.) Notice they NEVER suggest folding the WNBA despite the many $millions they lose a year.

So don't expect the D-League to expand to the south or much anywhere else for a while.

trueballer
03-03-2012, 09:29 AM
The D-League gained a lot of success as it moved towards north. The progress failures in south was a reason for that.

Still i think that now is a time when they can try moving towards south and expand their league.

Paul S
02-04-2013, 07:49 PM
Bizarrely a lot of the early success of D-League teams were transplants from other leagues (Arkansas etc.).

When the league first debuted they were all in the south. That just never took off.

Down Low : Life in the D League was a show on ESPN that chronicled the off court activities of the league, it was surprisingly good.

nksports
02-05-2013, 11:36 PM
Notice they NEVER suggest folding the WNBA despite the many $millions they lose a year.

The salary of two or three mid-level NBA players can cover the WNBA's entire payroll for a year. That's probably one reason why. Of course, the salary of a couple bench players could fund the D-League for a year.

bectond
11-08-2013, 10:24 AM
The owners of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers are building there own Entertainment district in Edinburg, TX. A 8,500 seat arena, restaurants, retail shops, and hotels. They will use the taxes generated from the 90 acre entertainment complex to pay for the cost of constructing the 50 $mil arena.

Perhaps, Southern Texas is the best area for Southern expansion.

Laredo, Tx Energy arena needs a main tenant; however, the metro area 260,000 is a bit too small for a d league franchise

Hidalgo, TX which borders Reynosa, Mexico also has an Arena, where the Vipers are currently playing until 2016, perhaps when the Vipers move North a different NBA team could place another team in Hidalgo.
The McAllen-Reynosa area has 1.7 mil residents and there are another 400,000 residents in the nearby Brownsville-Harlingen area (which is roughly the same metro area population of Canton, OH). Perhaps the area could support two D league franchises? A few years back there were multiple teams in the area when the CBA - RVG Silverados played in the McAllen Convention Center.

flasah
03-16-2014, 02:42 PM
Now that Orlando, Memphis and New Orleans are looking for their own affiliates, and Miami would like to move closer to home, a Southeastern division is looking more likely.