Omaha--- Have heard that a local ownership group has been formed have heard that the Omaha Racers ownership is still in tack and is looking at taking there disfunct franchise and activating it for the D-league... All here say though so I don't know.
Rapid City--- Building new arena right now and the Civic Center Board is desperate for tenent in either building... Local ownership has always been a problem with franchises in R.C. though the Thrillers led attendence in CBA in early 90's
Reno???-- I knew that they applied for D-league not shure why they were turned down..
Sioux City--- USHL and UIF have performed well in S.C. and newer Arena could mean possility
La Crosse--- If the Rim Rockers don't move there I have heard of possility of an expansion team
Casper--- Have the most successful NIFL team and could support a Dleague team...
Other cities I would like to see add D-league franchises
Colorado Springs CO
Grand Rapids MI
Quad Cities IA/IL
Feel free to add input on any city or to add a city... I know some of these cities didn't support CBA teams well but I think the Dleague could work.
As you have seen almost all of these cities are in the midwest, I think if the Dleague wants to work the cities they place franchises in will have to support them but the Franchises will also have to be a big deal in those cities... In midwestern cities minor league franchises recieve coverage of Big league teams.
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"USBasket_EricE" wrote:I miss the Rockford Lightning. It's too bad that they had to fold up, but they had trouble attracting fans. My guess is that it had to do with the fact that they are so close to Chicago and the more professional and exciting Bulls.
I miss a lot of teams also:
Yakama Sun Kings (even though I DID NOT like them)
Fargo-Moorhead Beez (a little before my time for the most part, but I still saw them a few times)
Magic City Snowbears (same as above)
Saskatchewan Hawks (")
There's probably more too, but I cannot think of them.
EDIT: Wait, I've got one more: Des Moines Dragons
'01-'02 CBA Champions
'03-'04 CBA Champions
'06-'07 D-League Champions
[COLOR=Black]We're coming for you Iowa!
Maybe a D-League team in Northern Minnesota would work? I want to see more teams in the midwest. And what about Wyoming? I can't think of a pro team of any kind in that state.
Something like this is what I would like
Broomfield (Colorado) +
Bismark (Dakota) +
My wish list I guess (+) indicates actual franchises
How about Kansas City? Getting an NHL or NBA team in Sprint Center is sort of bleak right now and you'd have KC in a good location for Iowa, Dakota, SF, and a future Omaha team.
Other possibles are:
Toledo (most likely will join in 09)
Hartford (most likely will join in 09)
Fargo would also make a good expansion city, but I have not heard anything on that front.
The Mayhem would have been a model franchise in some other leaques. They drew about 1,400 per game and had an NBA call-up in Derrick Martin. But in the CBA, yeah they were the worst. And it's funny thinking back on but Chaos was their star. LOL
Butte currently has the best mascot in the CBA, he is a dancing machine. LOL
In the NBDL the Toros mascot is totally reaching San Diego Chicken like status, two years ago dude made Sports Center. LOL