Originally Posted by WVRed
The Louisville taxpayer fraud thread got me thinking. With the Yum! Center so far in the red, a NBA team is likely the only saving grace.
That being said, the Kings are relocating to Seattle. I don't know what other teams are looking into moving.
Teams really haven't done well attracting in college basketball states. The Bobcats haven't done well in North Carolina (UK, Duke) and Indiana does well when the Pacers win. I think the team would work if a team was winning, but otherwise fans will stay with college.
I think the state needs an NBA team to save the Yum! Center, but would it work out in the long run? I don't see it happening.
Could it work? Maybe, but a significant draw from the Cincy area would be a must. That stated, I also don't see it happening for one major reason:
1) I can't see the board of Governors allowing a team so close to one of the smallest markets - Indy.
As far as NBA teams in huge college BBall states, only an imbecile like George Shinn For Brains could have screwed up what was a great situation in Charlotte. People forget that Charlotte was among the leaders in attendance during the Alonzo Mourning / Larry Johnson Hornet years. And it doesn't help that the Bobcats have seemingly made bad personnel / draft decisions since their inception.
The mystery of failure in a college basketball state was Kansas City. Despite an exciting, competitive team in the early 80's, support for that team went out the window. And that was during a down period, relatively speaking, for the Jayhawks.
Once again, I believe that Sacramento is getting hosed by the Malgoof brothers, miserable, inept owners as they are.