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    Default NBA Expansion Possibly Forthcoming

    This brand spanking new thread focuses on the latest developments and rumours regarding NBA expansion in the near future perhaps, say, circa 2019-20 for their inaugural seasons--and maybe even look back at previous NBA expansion sagas. Remember that possible NBA expansion thread I created over a decade ago with prospective cities? We're getting a strong sense that expansion will eventually happen at some point.

    Let's state the obvious right now: Seattle, without a doubt, is definitely first in line getting an expansion team after what wrongheadedly happened to the city back in 2005-07, its beloved SuperSonics, and its SuperSonics fans. Being the first NBA team in the Pacific Northwest back in 1967, it will make great sense for the NBA to refortify its regional footprint there with Portland. All it needs is resolve the arena issues, which we'll get into. Several other cities are reportedly considered to join Seattle, more so with some than others, right now: Louisville, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Kansas City, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Montreal, and a fast-rising Mexico City.

    I'll make some updates here on the very first post and will make future others with subsequent ones as we go along. Any references to NBA expansion involving Vancouver and Montreal will automatically head towards their respective threads by me.
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    Getting into the candidates with my fuller thoughts on the cities coming up shortly. Right now for this thread, it's looking increasingly unlikely that Louisville, located in a state that loves basketball and has a rich history behind it, won't have the NBA come its way to town with really little headway to show for it. Way too many obstacles and question marks right now to make this happen, which I'll get to soon, as the Louisville Courier-Journal points out in an in-depth article:
    http://www.courier-journal.com/story...tion/97103596/
    http://arenadigest.com/2017/01/30/nb...king-unlikely/
    http://arenadigest.com/2014/08/05/nb...on-tap-likely/
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    The Sports Post takes a look at several of the prospective non-Seattle NBA expansion markets and gives an evaluation of each one. Buffalo is not part of this list. Neither is Vancouver, save for a fleeting mention. But Hartford is. Never considered Albuquerque as a potential NBA. Nor is there an apparent clamoring for one there; Phoenix, Denver, and Utah all haven't tapped into the city. Don't understand why Pittsburgh doesn't earn more consistent attention, if at all. Mexico City is the only non-American city in this list--and I'll get to it very soon. It's got one thing wrong: my hometown St. Louis actually does have a viable and usable arena option in the Scottrade Center (soon to be called the TD Ameritrade Center), the home of the NHL's St. Louis Blues, that will get some upgrades. Maybe it's no due to the fact that the Sprint Center is younger with no designs for a separate NBA arena in St. Louis:
    http://thesportspost.com/nba-expansi...eattle-mexico/
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    Louisville Metro Council passes a resolution in approving the NBA/WNBA expansion support in the city last week despite the list of serious hurdles mentioned in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Interestingly, this article also mentions Omaha in the NBA expansion mix:
    http://www.lanereport.com/73398/2017...xpansion-team/

    Louisville hasn't had serious talks with the NBA as of yet. Nor is there immediate officially expansion interest from the league we know of. But the Louisville Arena Authority certainly isn't closing the door to the NBA with the KFC Yum! Center NBA-ready:
    http://www.bizjournals.com/louisvill...snt-close.html

    You certainly better believe the NBA will seriously and eventually look into expanding with 2 franchises. And of course like with any large business, the money revenue and how it's distributed up among the other 30 teams (not including players) with immediate benefits off the expansion fees is paramount while the expansion entries likely won't be involved in the revenue sharing pot for a set period. Read what it will all take. Says San Jose, Virginia Beach, and Anahiem could be expansion/relocation contenders:
    http://www.sbnation.com/2017/2/13/14...le-adam-silver

    But for right now the NBA isn't exactly nearer to throw Seattle a much-deserved re-entry bone even with all the excitement coming from 16WinsARing. Adam Silver and Co is right to take things nice and slow:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/seattle...182641022.html
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    SB Nation just presents the top 13 NBA expansion candidates that includes top contenders Seattle, Mexico City, Louisville, Vancouver, Kansas City, and Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Newport News) and some somewhat surprising suggested markets like Omaha, a second Chicago franchise, and Austin. Has some also-rans that didn't make the cut like Baltimore, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Columbus, Birmingham, and even London. No Montreal or Buffalo, though. With some cities like St. Louis, it doesn't get into the depths of for and against too much like the more significant contenders ahead of it--like even KC. I'll deal with many of these cities very soon. Already doing so with Vancouver and Montreal:
    http://www.sbnation.com/2017/2/15/14...ities-are-next
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    Seattle's prospects will get examined in depth here by yours truly. Some Seattle arena watchers say the city will get an NHL expansion franchise first to help even out the NHL's Western Conference teams with the upcoming Las Vegas Golden Knights that's slated to play next season than see the SuperSonics' return (not to mention satisfy Vancouver Canucks's decades-long desire to have a Pacific Northwest NHL rival that included Portland's unsuccessful attempt in the mid-90s NHL expansion derby--unless Portland itself may get a word again). Chris Hansen, the hedge fund manager who plans to bring them back, is bankrolling the efforts of a new arena and prefers the NBA first:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/seattle...194940668.html
    http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-spo...l-rumors-swirl
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