- Sacramento’s new arena (top)
- Seattle’s planned arena (middle)
- Las Vegas's proposed arena (bottom)
All these arenas look amazing & will be attractive enough to entice an NBA team… so if I was ‘Bill Gates rich’ I would relocate all of these teams;
- 1st: Let Sacramento retain the Kings
- 2nd: Move the Milwaukee Bucks (39th largest metro) to Seattle (15th largest metro) bc Milwaukee turned down yet another arena proposal… I think it’s irrefutable that the franchise would be more successful in Seattle
- 3rd: Move the Utah Jazz from Salt Lake City (124th largest city) to Las Vegas (31st largest city) contingent on the completion of their new arena & not trying to lure a team to the MGM arena- that’s a recipe for failure
- 4th: Birth 2 expansion teams; Kansas City built the Sprint Center in ‘07 hoping to land a NBA or NHL franchise by now & Pittsburgh built the Consol Energy Center for the Penguins back in 2010, which is even newer. All of these new arenas/cities deserve an NBA franchise.
- I’d also suggest building a new arena just North of San Jose so the Golden State Warriors AND the San Jose Sharks can share a new building.
- 1st: Move the St. Louis Rams (58th largest city) to LA (2nd largest city) bc the Rams have great ownership that want the team to stay in St. Louis, but since the city is completely against ever building a new stadium- they’re going to be the first to move. The owners are well aware of how much money is waiting in LA
- 2nd: Move the Jacksonville Jaguars (40th largest metro)to LA (2nd largest city) Commissioner, Roger Goodell, said I would take 2 teams to satisfy a large city like LA. They just need 1 team to commit first so they can start building a stadium like the one in New York, suitable for 2 teams, only bigger… (hopefully)
- 3rd: Move the Oakland Raiders (45th largest city) to Sacramento (35th largest city) if Oakland doesn’t build a new stadium bc the valley in California is largely unrepresented in the NFL & a lot of people live there. Every NFL franchise in Cali is near the coast & with the 49ers nearby- the bay area doesn’t lose their cherished 49ers, in fact, it would give more territory for both bay area franchises to grow their brand without isolating either fan base.
- I’m tempted to suggest moving the Tampa Bay Bucs to San Antonio
(and the rumor of putting a NFL team in London incomprehensible)
- I’d also change the Washington Redskins team name bc “Redskins” is blatantly racist towards Native Americans, unlike the Kansas City Chiefs which isn’t even a fraction as offensive. at all. I’m actually surprised they haven’t already changed it…
MLB: after we adapt to the addition of the DH in the national league - we’ll have nothing preventing ‘proper divisions’ in MLB
- 1st: Move the Oakland Athletics to Portlandbc both the A’s & Rays are in a unique position where despite their decent play on the field - they have terrible stadiums & poor attendance/fan support
- 2nd: Move the Tampa Bay Rays to Montreal, Canada (Population: 1.6 million, so it would be the 6th largest city if it were in the US.) Montreal is determined on relocating a team there after they lost the Expos to Washington in ‘04
- 1st: Move the Columbus Blue Jackets (40th largest metro) to Seattle bc Seattle really wants a NBA team after the whole Sonics ordeal hence their new arena proposal & with their new arena will attract an NHL franchise. They’re still waiting for a NBA or NHL franchise to commit first so they can start construction.
- 2nd: Move the St. Louis Blues to Quebec City bc hockey is religion in Canada.
- 3rd: Move the Phoenix Coyotes to Milwaukee bc culturally they’re more of a hockey town than a NBA city, so right now its backwards… contingent on Milwaukee building a new arena within 5 years of relocating an NHL franchise there.
- 4th: Move the Florida Panthers to Saskatoon, Canada bc it would put the NHL in every major province with more than a million people living there, which is highly desirable for the league.
- Finally, I’m tempted to suggest moving the Buffalo Sabres to Toronto (or a nearby suburb like Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughn, or Markham. Just not that old arena in Hampton! Toronto could easily support 2 teams, but only if Buffalo relocates so the divisions below remain balanced.)
MLS Expansion Teams: Over the next decades
I can see all of these actually happening & I hope they do - better sooner than later! Unfortunately, these stadiums costing $750 million today are going to $1.5 billion in 10-15 years. After all of these franchises relocate - I’ll be a huge proponent of not relocating anymore teams to solidify these divisions, but that’s only after these projections are realized…