Get an arena and get an NBA team as well. There are still some cities that have the hockey and basketball teams play in the same arena.
netwolf wrote:The only way an NBA team would have a chance here is if they were perennial contenders (because people will go see a winner), but even then it's questionable.
Minor league pro basketball has failed here before, and the Pittsburgh Xplosion routinely play in front of crowds less than 100 people.
People here aren't going to support an NBA team solely because it's a major sport. This is a proven hockey market - people are still buying tickets despite the on-ice ineptitude the past few years. That tells you you have a good core of fans here. When the winning comes back, so will Joe Average Burgh Sports Fan and with him, max crowds.
BritishPenguin wrote:It would also stick in the throat if the team were to move and pick up the Stanley Cup in the first season post relocation.
BritishPenguin wrote:As you rightly said, Pittsburgh is no basketball city. It's a hockey city.
taiteng wrote:Here is Smizik's reply.
"I have yet to read anything about either the mayor or county executive preaching ``the postives of the Harrah's plan.'' I'd be curious to know where you read or heard that because they seem to be keeping extremely low profiles on the matter.
Likewise, I know nothing of the locally impacted studies that you are talking about.
Thanks for writing." -- Bob Smizik
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