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Post by nksports » Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:27 am

"bectond" wrote:I did hear Kansas City mentioned but not Wichita.


I've heard KC mentioned more for the NBA than the D-League. I don't think they spent whatever hundreds of millions of $$$ on the Sprint Center just to get a D-League team. They are shooting for NBA and NHL.

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Post by bectond » Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:26 am

"nksports" wrote:I've heard KC mentioned more for the NBA than the D-League. I don't think they spent whatever hundreds of millions of $$$ on the Sprint Center just to get a D-League team. They are shooting for NBA and NHL.


Lets see... the NHL has a number of troubled teams - Nashville, Florida, Phoenix, Long Island, New Jersey, Washington and Columbus.

Let's face it..South Florida has 5.5 citizens, the Baltimore-Washington area has over 8 mil people, the NY-NJ metro area has over 22 mil; therefore, don't expect the Panthers, Islanders, Devils or Caps to move to little ole K.C. (which is an extremely small pro sports town with a metro area population of 1.6 mil), which already has two major sports franchises sucking up all the sponsorship money. Columbus only has one pro sports team, so I don't expect them to move either. That leaves Phoenix and Nashville, and Winnipeg and Hamliton seem the be ahead of K.C. in the NHL re-location pecking order.

As for the NBA Seattle and Las Vegas head the list for future expansion and Baltimore (8.5 million) is building an arena. No way K.C. ever gets an NBA team.

The only franchises I see moving in the next 10 years are Memphis and New Orleans both of which are small towns just like K.C.

Unlike Oklahoma City towns like NO and KC just don't have a large enough business community to off set their small population to support an NBA. Memphis has a few large companies but the general population is dead broke.

Therefore, the D-League or the WNBA should be options for small markets like KC, Norfolk, Austin (which is the same size population wise as KC and already has a D-League team), Hartford and Rochester, NY.
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Post by nksports » Thu Sep 04, 2008 3:49 am

KC nearly won the Penguins auction.

KC's metro area population ranks ahead of the following metro areas: San Antonio, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Orlando, Columbus, New Orleans, Buffalo, Memphis, Austin, Bridgeport-Stamford (how did this place rank?), Salt Lake City, Jacksonville, Louisville, Hartford, Richmond, Charlotte, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Tucson. (U.S. Census).

The arena seats 18,500 with 72 luxury suits.

Besides, you offer an owner enough incentives, he'll move his team to Zzyzx, Calif.

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Post by bdyer » Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:58 pm

"nksports" wrote:KC nearly won the Penguins auction.

KC's metro area population ranks ahead of the following metro areas: San Antonio, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Orlando, Columbus, New Orleans, Buffalo, Memphis, Austin, Bridgeport-Stamford (how did this place rank?), Salt Lake City, Jacksonville, Louisville, Hartford, Richmond, Charlotte, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Tucson. (U.S. Census).

The arena seats 18,500 with 72 luxury suits.

Besides, you offer an owner enough incentives, he'll move his team to Zzyzx, Calif.
I believe the KC suburb of Independence is building a 5800 seat arena, so that may merit some consideration. Pretty sure there is a similarly sized arena in St. Louis as well. It will be interesting to see if the D-League can operate in larger metro areas -- there might be some that realize their NBA dreams are pie in the sky.

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Post by nksports » Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:33 pm

That's where you put minor league teams. You don't go putting them in 18,500 seat arenas. I think the CHL is already committed to Independence for 2009-10, but I'd pick that for the D-League before I'd pick the Sprint Center. (or at least Kemper -- is it still standing?).

In the part of the prairie I'm from, if we are going to see D-League, it would work better in the 5,000-seat arena being built over the 12,000-seat barn downtown or the 10,000-seat barn across the street.

Right now, different NBA owners seem to have different ideas as to what the D-League is. You've got the Lakers using it as a JV team (actually closer to a European soccer reserve team). You have some using it like AAA baseball or AHL hockey. You have some owners who'd just wish it would go away. I think that's one of the answers still needed.

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Post by jjbballfan » Sun Nov 09, 2008 4:16 am

There was an article in the Rapid City Journal about the D-league.... They said it would probably be a year or 2 before they would consider it because they want to get there hockey team established before they approach it....

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expansion to Kentucky?

Post by PikevilleOT » Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:43 pm

What are the chances of a DLeague team in the state of Kentucky?

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Post by nksports » Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:31 am

I don't know what the chances are, but I like the idea. I have family about 50 mi. from Louisville (both sides of the river). OTOH, with U of L and UK, it would be hard to make a go of it.

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Post by PikevilleOT » Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:16 pm

with people seeing the feeder system from the DLeague to the NBA people will buy into it.

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Post by stevemerk » Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:44 pm

I am writing in regard to a future coaching position in the D-League. Possibly with an expansion team.

I have over twenty-five years coaching and administrative experience on the high school, college and professional levels. I have written and published numerous articles in Winning Hoops, Basketball Sense and Coach & Athletic Director magazines. I possess excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills along with the ability to relate effectively to a multitude of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

With my many years experience in basketball, I feel that I am more than qualified to lead a basketball franchise. Please feel free to contact me so we may discuss how I may benefit your team. If anyone has any D-League connections, I would appreciate hearing from you.

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