The fourth estate have printed Canton had the prized weekend dates available in a nice older arena whereas Youngstown didn't in a new arena. The Cavs will update the locker rooms, and buy a new basketball court.
I am sure if Canton supports the franchise sufficiently, the Cavs will update the audio-video equipment as well if only to generate more advertising dollars. Keep in mind the D-League is going to be supported by the NBA, many of the D-league teams are owned by their parent clubs.
The NBA wishes to develop finally a stable minor league for the long term, as they benefit despite the costs of a development league. Presently free agents cost more. Its a tall order, but the NBA clubs have the resources to succeed. At least Canton knows their minor league basketball club operator isn't a fly by night operation.
Furthermore, the D-League has noticed that their clubs draw better in a market not dominated by a major college program. Canton fits the bill... Devoid winter entertainment in a nice sized market with a quality arena, not necessarily new. Portland, Frisco, and RGV have drawn well for minor league basketball... Whereas Austin has drawn well in suburban Cedar Park not within a mile of UT... Unfortunately, Albuquerque has a major college program as did Orem nearby...
Last edited by SeaToby; 07-17-2011 at 10:13 PM.