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    NBA to Columbus?

    Im no NBA fan (stopped caring after the Bulls dynasty) but one bit of news excited me.

    Mayor Coleman has been inquiring about a franchise either moving here or a new one.

    I heard about Coleman contacting the Trailblazer's ownership about moving them here.

    Imagine them drafting Oden then having them move to Columbus.

    Anyone have any news about this?

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    Re: NBA to Columbus

    I heard about Coleman contacting the Trailblazer's ownership about moving them here.
    That won't happen.

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    Don't know about the Blazers moving, but appearantly the Sonics are unhappy in Seattle. It sounds like Kansas City may be in the lead if Seattle's arena deal continues to fall through. OKC, St. Louis, Vegas, even Louisville have been mentioned.

    But I've not heard Columbus... or Cincinnati.

    I'm guessing here, but it seems like Paul Allen's (Blazers owner) ties to Portland and the Northwest, would keep the Blazers in Portland. But you never know.
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    I heard a lot about this last week. I heard it was the Sonics though, not the Blazers.

    And David Stern has said there's no chance for another expansion team anytime soon.

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    Can't really see two NBA franchises in Ohio, unless one would happen to be Cincinnati.

    Columbus does make sense in the NHL because there is only one team, and it is more of a crossroads.

    I would venture to say that Oklahoma City will likely be the next team to get an NBA franchise. I would like to see Kentucky get one after the flirtation with the Grizzlies. The KFC Buckett for an arena sounded nice.
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    Re: NBA to Columbus

    I don't see the market for an NBA team in Columbus.

    I didn't see the market for an NHL team in Columbus.

    I would say Oklahoma City or Louisville is next on the NBA hit parade.
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    Re: NBA to Columbus

    The Blazers aren't going anywhere. Personally I think it's much more likely that the Grizzlies move again than anyone. Although I don't know what their arena lease situation is.
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    Re: NBA to Columbus

    Quote Originally Posted by dabvu2498 View Post
    I'm guessing here, but it seems like Paul Allen's (Blazers owner) ties to Portland and the Northwest, would keep the Blazers in Portland.
    That was my first thought, too.

    Columbus is smart to focus on teams in the Western Conference. That's where the action is in the NBA.

    I'm surprised that Mayor Coleman has time to do anything but get his wife straightened out. She's got some serious problems.
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    Re: NBA to Columbus

    Quote Originally Posted by Heath View Post
    I don't see the market for an NBA team in Columbus.

    I didn't see the market for an NHL team in Columbus.

    I would say Oklahoma City or Louisville is next on the NBA hit parade.
    Columbus has a fantastic NHL market. It was thought to be a good contender back in the Chill days. It was just a matter of timing. Now, to find good management...ugh.

    Columbus isn't as small of a town as many think. Columbus has a very central and robust market that often seems to get overlooked. It has been continually the fastest growing city in the country since 1950 population wise (UWM.edu). In fact, the only decade it wasnt the fastest growing was 1960-1970 when it was second to only Indy. It still continues to grow at an almost alarming rate and its mostly sprawl which indicates a higher expendable income. (NBA wants that income)

    NBA could work here. You could potentially have Columbus, Dayton, Cincy to attract support.

    Im not fan of Coleman (or his drunkard wife) but part of his job as mayor is to generate interest in the city to continue its growth and prosperity. If getting an NBA team here, then so be it.

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    I'd be stunned if the Blazers left Portland.

    However, there are several fairly credible sources down here in OKC that seem to think the Sonics coming to Oklahoma is basically a done deal. FWIW.

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    Re: NBA to Columbus

    Quote Originally Posted by Heath View Post
    I don't see the market for an NBA team in Columbus.

    I didn't see the market for an NHL team in Columbus.
    So we should assume that an NBA team might have as much success as the Jackets have? Because there most certainly *is* a market for the NHL in Columbus.
    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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    Re: NBA to Columbus

    we cant even get people to get interested in our Buckeye basketball team. Where the demand for bad basketball?

    Please David Stern, avoid the embarrassment of moving a team here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smith288 View Post
    NBA could work here. You could potentially have Columbus, Dayton, Cincy to attract support.
    The Blue Jackets barely register on the radar in Cincinnati and Dayton.

    I have no reason to suspect that an NBA franchise would be viewed any differently by the denizens of the State of Ohio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonny View Post
    we cant even get people to get interested in our Buckeye basketball team. Where the demand for bad basketball?
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    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor View Post
    The Blue Jackets barely register on the radar in Cincinnati and Dayton.
    Kind of like the Cavs anywhere outside of northeast Ohio.
    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.


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