Oklahoma City investors purchase NBA, WNBA Seattle franchises

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  1. Dave is a killer

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    Good for them, I can't believe there wasn't any professional team in OKC.

    I'm sure the NBA team will do great, afterall, when a CHL team draws 8000 people a game, there's a market for a pro sport team.
     
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    Oklahoma City wouldn't be able to support both hockey and basketball due to the market size.
     
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    An NHL franchise is a whole different story, ticket prices for one thing. They would need to have enough people who in total could afford and want to pay big league prices for two sports.
     
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    fer sure - just food for thought -
     
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    ok so, how long before we have those NHL to seattle proposals?
     
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    They don't have an NHL size arena. The Key Center only holds about 10,000 for hockey I think.
     
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    Shows a good hockey market anyway.
     
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    Not yet, anyway. New ownership has given Seattle 12 months to fix the arena situation.

    After that, all bets are off....
     
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    Yep.

    Guess the Northwest isn't exactly the greatest for Basketball.
    -----> Vancouver, now Seattle
     
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    I don't think you can campare the two, the Sonics have a 35+ year history there, was their first major sports franchise and first ( and only) to win a championship. Vancouver had no history and never warmed up to roundball with a crummy expansion team.

    The citizens of seattle, much like portland, do not like to heavily subsidize billionare owners's sports franchises, which rubs the NBA ( and david stern ) the wrong way. SO The NBA will leave a larger, much more afluent market for OKC which looks to a sports franchise to raise the visability of their city.
     
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    I've been stumping hard for OKC to get an NHL team, I can't help but think they deserve someone to root for.

    At the same time this sucks for Seattle who deserves a better fate than this.
     
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    Thanks to a horribly run team :shakehead

    Stu Jackson had his first interview post-Vancouver move a couple days ago. Unfortunately I didn't get to hear it though. Apparently the host was going to ask about a lot of the crappy moves that were made during the era.
     
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    If the Oilers move to Houston, no need for a name change!?:biglaugh:
    (lame joke)
     
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    I doubt it. Alberta is one of the richest areas in North America and getting richer by the day. Calgary is growing like crazy in population and wealth. Edmonton isn't that far behind. And both city is crazy about hockey. I don't see either team moving.... Ever.
     
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    You're right, when you faced the vancouver grizzlies you'd think it was an automatic win. They didn't have bad attendance though, they just got screwed by selling it to a non local owner just like the Sonics. The sad thing is that in memphis they have horrible attendance for a good team.
     
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    I remember when that happened. He made a big speel about keeping the team in Vancouver yada yada yada, he even sang the National anthem the first game of the season.

    And then they moved.
     
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    Well, what was he going to say? "Yeah guys, I am planning to move it to memphis where my business is, but yeah... keep comming because we still have to be here for a year or so."
     
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    Oh I know. It's just that these guys are saying the same thing he said so it reminded me of that.
     
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    Are you kidding? Flames have a waiting list for season tickets and sold out EVERY game at 19,000+ people! The Oilers now have sold out of season tickets next year and of course they could use more revenue with a new stadium, but the 37 owners or whatever it is are all local people who saved the team, they arent going to move the team for a few extra bucks.
     
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    If the Sonics move, it won't because Seattle wouldn't support them. It'll be because the city of Seattle didn't want to line the new owner's pockets with an absurd stadium agreement. It's why the Saints aren't going to San Antonio--SA officals wouldn't let Tom Benson have his cake and eat it to. And the new ownership group has almost got to say what they did so they can get all the leverage they can when it comes time to negotiate.
     

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