All of this is hear say but it doesn't seem far fetched. Any info?
On the flip side, some of the news coming out of the CBAs headquaters has left me scratching my head a few times (mergering with a British league that does not exist, hiring ex-ABA front office executives, allowing a defunct ABA franchise entry and letting them relocating to Atlanta .....) So maybe they are ready to pack it in and head for greener pastures. IMO once comm. Stern gets the union to sign off on a High school draft and a high school draftee wage scale, D-Leafue franchises net worth will increase 20 fold.
I lived in Yakima for 18 years until I went to college, and I used to work for them. It was the best job ever, and my career borders when I did there. I plan on working for the proposed Vancouver team, and already Emailed Mike, the President, and he said the problem is he is trying get a venue. Since I am graduating I need something when I come out, and it looks like I have to go back to Yakima for it.
And if I do, I sure hope there are in the D-league or move up soon within the next few years. I have a hunch that the CBA will merge with some other league, but I haven't done my research to find out who. It is really hard for a league to stay afloat with only 7 teams. The crowds get bored seeing the same opponents week after week.
To answer the ? though Yakima is not planned as one of the 3/4 teams to start up in 07-08 in the D-league those teams would be Rio Grand Valley, Texas; Des Moies Iowa and Orem, Utah and the Florida Flama might restart operations if they can work a favorable stadium sitation.
To answer the ? though Yakima is not planned as one of the 3/4 teams to start up in 07-08 in the D-league those teams would be Rio Grand Valley, Texas; Des Moies Iowa and Orem, Utah and the Florida Flama might restart operations if they can work a favorable stadium sitation.[/quote]
the Flame are all by their lonesome in the South. I don't see them coming back until the D-League puts some teams back in the south.
If the CBA really establishes a Miami franchise next season, it might be possible to pick up the Flame as an expansion franchise. I have heard zip this season about the D-League considering the Southeast again. Even the Northeast has gotten some mention from David Stern.
If the CBA really establishes a Miami franchise next season, it might be possible to pick up the Flame as an expansion franchise. I have heard zip this season about the D-League considering the Southeast again. Even the Northeast has gotten some mention from David Stern.[/quote]
Right, because they decided to fold up shop when the last of the southern teams left. I think if a pocket of teams like Biloxi, Gulf Coast (if their arena ever gets finished), Jacksonville, Gwinnett and Norfolk were to form then you'd see the Flame re-ignite. Until then ... they're doused.
I am a fan of minor league basketball in the upper midwest and the northern midwest if you look at attendence in the D-league and CBA the leaders include, SF, Bismark, Minot, Boise, Colorado, Yakima. All of these teams except for Colorado are in smaller cities with reasonably sized arena's.
They did a study that said minor league sports do better in these size of communites because its the main attraction compared to the northeast and southeast that has proffesional teams along with other things going on all the time and are page 24 news in the paper and get little notification on the television. Compared to for example the Sioux Falls Sky Force where if they play its on the news any news of the team is on the news and they treat it like its there professional team. When they won the CBA title it was front page news.
I really think that minor league basketball should look into cities such as Lincoln NE/Omaha, Rapid City, Cheyenne, and possibly a Montana city.
If you put a team in Rapid it would be exacually in the middle of SF, Bismark and Colorado. When I talk to people about a team in Rapid it is always they don't make money, well the Old Thrillers made money in the CBA before a dumb move by a owner to move the team ended the franchise. I would like to know what attendence would need to average for Sioux Falls to make money because the Arena's are quite similar. And with the new arena being added to the civic center I could see a 25 game lease be cheaper then alot of exsisting arena's along with very little conflicts with scheduling and you would always have another arena availble if something was to happen.
I've heard D-league expansion team cost between 250,000 and 500,000 plus 25,000 a year, however little to no operating cost. Does the local ownership get all of gate do they pay the lease on the arena???? these are all ? that have to be answered before the D-league can grow its such a hush hush league. I know this is the CBA board but people acutally go on this board.
Compared to the d-league expansion cost what would cba be i heard 125,000/150,000 but they run all operating cost.
Any information would be helpful I am a big fan of minor league basketball and would love to see a team placed in the black hills, they've got the facilities to support one and I believe if its reasonable priced that they would have the attendence also.