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    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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    Some interested prospective (and publicly unknown) Louisville NBA investors are eyeing renovating Freedom Hall, the 61-year old former home of the Louisville Cardinals and the ABA's Kentucky Colonels, for a possible and seemingly longshot expansion franchise to get it NBA-ready with all the bells and whistles like its younger contemporaries, if the team can't have the KFC Yum! Center as its home. Upgrading would cost $150 million that requires a major regutting. Louisville reportedly has three different NBA investor groups competing for the privilege to get it:
    http://www.courier-journal.com/story...hall/98694508/
    http://www.courier-journal.com/story...erth/98798274/
    http://www.bizjournals.com/louisvill...-it-could.html
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    Obviously Pittsburgh is an underappreciated and overlooked longshot in getting an NBA expansion franchise because other cities are ahead of them (even Vancouver), though it can provide balance to the state of Pennsylvania with Philadelphia 300 miles away at the state's other end like in the NHL, MLB, and NFL to add to the in-state sports rivalry--as well as the Cavs in Cleveland. Pittsburgh does support its other top-flight pro teams remarkably well. If admitted, Pittsburgh might provide a more permanent home for the NBDL's Erie BayHawks as an affiliate after Atlanta Hawks are done with them. Prospects aren't very good for the BayHawks presently to stick around as an independent or trying to attract a NBA mother club. Since the one-season Pittsburgh Ironmen in the NBA's forerunner the BAA back in its first season (1947-48 ) and then the ABL's Rens in the early 1960s, the Steel City had some practice with mostly minor-league pro basketball with the ABA's Pipers being the most successful by winning a title in the ABA's first season in 1968 only to move to Minneapolis to fill the void left by the Muskies there. Came back and became the less-than-successful Condors to low attendance. Years passed afterwards without pro basketball, then came the CBA's Piranhas in the mid 1990s that went into the CBA Championship Series but fell short, then the somewhat successful Xplosion that started out as the Pennsylvania Pit Bulls owned by former ABA star Freddie Lewis, the Hardhats, the Phantoms, and now the Steel City Yellow Jackets. Could be a sensible choice nonetheless with a successful basketball programs with the University of Pittsburgh Panthers that can expand the rabid sports fan base towards high-level NBA basketball. But make sure there's strong public pro basketball interest, which I'm not sure Pittsburgh currently has. And that's with two brothers going through GoFundMe to pay billboards to attract NBA's attention about getting a team.

    Certainly there's an arena present with the 19,100-seat PPG Paints Arena (for the Pittsburgh Paints Group, formerly the Console Energy Center), which has been around for 6 years that the NHL's defending Stanley Cup champs Penguins call home, hosts some college basketball tournament games, and costs $300 million. Money's there with plenty of billionaires along with some private wealth. Potential's there. All it needs is an interested prospective owner, clearly a question mark. Maybe Henry Hillman, who owns the arena. So far, nothing materialized. Not even a rumour. Even when ex-commissioner David Stern mentioned the Steel City as a potential NBA franchise in 2013. Almost a given Pittsburgh's NBA possible team would wear black and yellow:
    http://thepenn.org/2016/02/02/nba-coming-to-pittsburgh/
    https://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/28/nb...nba-expansion/
    http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsbur...nt?oid=1904556
    http://www.pittsburghsportingnews.co...ansion-cities/

    Another list of potential NBA expansion cities:
    https://unprofession.com/nba-expansi...s-c5bbfe7955ad
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    When asked about the possibility of Las Vegas joining the NBA, Deputy Commish Mark Tatum says no to NBA expansion right away overall. No plans the NBA to join the NHL and NFL into the desert soon despite having the longest and best exposure in Las Vegas from the Utah Jazz de facto home games to the 2007 NBA All Star Weekend to the Vegas Summer League; they're taking a wait and see attitude approach as to how the Golden Knights and Raiders fare, respectively, in determining how the NBA will tackle the city. But Las Vegas, through MGM Resorts, may also try its hands on an existing NBA franchise...
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/ap...-vegas-market/
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/oc...ract-nba-team/

    Tatum adds it'll be 4-5 additional years before the NBA expansion happens. Even for Seattle. Priority right now is as for the Oak View Group is renovating the Key Arena in making it more NBA-ready. Tim Leiweke also doesn't apologize for the Sprint Center's ill-fated attempts to bring the NBA (as well as the NHL) back into Kansas City in the form of the Hornets a decade ago:
    http://www.sonicsrising.com/2017/4/2...ghest-priority
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    Some of the latest goings-on involving Seattle's quest for an NBA return include a $564 million Key Arena proposal by Oak View Group that includes digging the floor even lower in that historic arena than what was done back in 1994-95 during the first time around with the hopes of attracting back the SuperSonics and the NHL. There's also a warring Seattle Center Coliseum bid from Seattle Partners, made up of AEG and the Hudson Pacific Properties, that plans to spend $500 million in renovations to call it that again with seating for 18,113 for basketball and 17,120 for hockey:
    http://crosscut.com/2017/05/new-key-...-preservation/
    http://bottomline.seattle.gov/2017/0...e=OED-arena-pg
    http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/n...-coliseum.html

    Ray Allen took to Instagram and heartfeltedly urges the NBA to bring Seattle back. He wants to help out now that he's retired in anyway to get things done:
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...instagram-post

    Multiple NBA and NHL execs and owners prefer the Key Arena over the proposed SoDo Arena project with some support for AEG:
    http://www.king5.com/news/local/aren...tion/435434771

    Obviously Seattle has plenty of impassioned fans who still revel in the history and memories of the franchise. SuperSonics still hold quite a following locally and nationwide with investors ready to buy ownership while the NBA remains indifferent to expansion right now. And one of them was Chris Cornell. The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman sadly passed away suddenly late last night after a Detroit performance at 52. He, like many lifelong SuperSonics fans in the region, was infuriated when their heart was ripped out by Oklahoma. In tribute to him, you can hear him express his anger after spotting a fan sporting a Seattle Kevin Durant #35 jersey at a July 30, 2011 George Ampitheater concert with Soundgarden at George, Washington concert four years after the move:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPIyEluRqr0
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    Of course Steve Ballmer WON'T take his Clippers to Seattle. He would never do that with the high amount of money he paid in the Los Angeles market from the odious Donald Sterling. Article goes to add that Seattle, he says, would make a great market for the NBA again (and interestingly explains how the city can do this) but no plans for expansion. Besides, the NBA doesn't feel like moving teams to Seattle (see Sacramento):
    https://mynorthwest.com/641198/steve...-the-clippers/
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    It's NBA Finals time and Adam Silver is asked about NBA expansion again. "No doubt that" the NBA will turn to expansion, he says, "at some point. But that time is not now", as reported by Washington Post NBA writer Tim Bontemps. If the NBA is going to expand as rumoured for 2018-19, those prospective markets better get a move on in the promotion, renovations, investor assembling, letters of credit, and deal making. Better off for a 2019-20 launch:
    https://clutchpoints.com/adam-silver...nba-in-future/
    https://twitter.com/TimBontemps/stat...36379397771264
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    And once again let me reiterate that NBA expansion won't come very soon for the likes of NBA-hungry Seattle fans. Or momentum and wishes from the owners, for that matter. Silver says this at his NBA Finals presser when asked by Danny Leroux from RealGM. Not with a new CBA enforced. Always a concern about dilution of the existing league-wide talent pool and the delicate competitive balance with public concerns from fans about the same ol' teams coming out of the conferences postseason play. Can't say I blame Silver with his stance. The NBA (and prospective NBA expansion team owners) must take the time to start its due diligence in every realm. Then there's the profitability matter. Not every team is swimming in black--OKC is incidentally reportedly losing money Interestingly, this reveals that New Orleans may be the closest candidate for relocation, but the NBA is "extremely committed" to staying at all its 29 current markets. With small ball and 3-point play being the rage right now in this era of the NBA, expansion does allow players to contribute immediately:
    http://www.nba.com/article/2017/06/0...tip-da-mailbag
    http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap...espite-New-CBA
    http://uproxx.com/dimemag/adam-silve...e-las-vegas/2/

    Since we're talking about Seattle, the AEG-led Seattle Partners dropped their detailed Key Arena renovation proposal Monday that went against the Oak View Group's:
    http://arenadigest.com/2017/06/05/se...enovation-bid/
    http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/...vation-process
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    Fans in Seattle seem to support Chris Hansen's planned SoDo arena for the Supersonics' return instead of the Oak View Group's Key Arena renovation plans. OVG's Tim Leiweke with his strong NBA ties and experience tried to get KC back in the NBA and NHL in his AEG days when the Sprint Center was built; all that city's arena got out of it with tenants was the Arena Football's Brigade/Command that died after a couple of seasons, though the Sprint Center remains profitable to this days. But Seattle is far more desirable than Kansas City for a host of reasons. Getting more likely Seattle will join the NHL as an expansion team more immediately than the Supersonics' return:
    http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/n...arena-rebuild/

    Plus Oak View Group got two new members to the team to help renovate the Key Arena with big time movie and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Celtics minority owner David Bonderman. Bruckheimer himself previously tried to bring the NHL to Las Vegas not long ago. Group still trying to lure Hansen to join them with the Key Arena:
    http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/h...ovation-group/
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    Adam Silver reiterates that the NBA won't expand right away but will add teams in the future. In the interim, Las Vegas will get seriously looked into with as an expansion market along with others. One thing Sin City got going for it is the years of experience hosting the Samsung NBA Summer League while the NBA observes how the NHL's newest team the Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Raiders moving there in two years from Oakland in the NFL fare:
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports...presses-again/
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    Oak View Group acquires the concert trade publication Pollstar with better synergy with a company having good relations with both the NBA and NHL. Looks increasingly likely Seattle will enjoy the NHL first for expansion and concentrate on that than the SuperSonics' return:
    https://www.sonicsrising.com/2017/7/...e-ovg-pollstar
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    NBA expansion is "inevitable" in the near future, says Adam Silver to The Players' Tribune. No precise timeline though. And he specifically wants Seattle back in the NBA as part of it and that city is tops at the shortlist (as expected). Seems more like 8 more years after the current NBA TV deals expire. Probrably less than that:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.cfe183f63e73
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...potential-site
    http://sports.inquirer.net/258120/co...-nba-expansion
    https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/a...ist-of-cities/
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...ies/513189001/
    http://www.slamonline.com/nba/adam-s...IBzH7BC07qE.97
    http://sports.mynorthwest.com/315848...g-for-seattle/
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    How much more anxious anticipation Seattle SuperSonics fans can take before their beloved franchise returns? The hammer still rest on all 30 other NBA owners to approve the next NBA expansion--and want to be assured their money flow is still fat and continue to stay solid. Prosperity is what the NBA is swimming in right now with growing revenue pie, so why is it in a rush to expand? Expansion isn't always a natural next step. Plus, the entrance fee will be more like hovering around $2 billion. Then there's the competing prospective ownership groups and arena proposals. David Alridge explains all for the not-right-away expansion:
    http://www.nba.com/article/2017/07/3...nba-expansion/
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    Another NBA expansion candidate cities link here. Not much here that's already been said elsewhere except for the cities are reduced to just Seattle (the inevitable first choice, of course), Vancouver, Mexico City, and Louisville and the fact it's written by a UK-based writer who follows the NBA. Mostly Toronto Raptors-related matters:
    https://realsport101.com/news/sports...tion-location/

    Mexico City talked about again recently as a potential expansion candidate flares up with Adam Silver talking its market size and with the Brooklyn Nets playing two December games at the Mexico City Arena against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat on December 7 and 9, respectively. I'll analyze the city soon. For now, though, expansion into Mexico doesn't seem strong. No potential owner has emerged, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the planning started immediately in what was just previously a dream. Public NBA interest in Mexico is growing and getting stronger each passing year in the past 25 years with a team possibly coming as only a matter of time.
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    Can San Diego, a two-time NBA city with the Rockets and Clippers that couldn't make things work with pro basketball, get themselves back in the NBA after 35-40 years? Hard to picture. Well, a brand new arena is definitely needed. Billionaire from Ali Baba Joseph Tsai seems interested in bring the NBA over with an arena built downtown, and the city wasn't necessarily to blame for both teams' departures. But SD isn't awash in that all-important corporate base. No wonder why San Diego residents are pessimistic regarding its pro sports prospects. Can't say I blame them:
    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...411-story.html
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    Gets more and more readily apparent each and every passing day that the Oak View Group will be the ones who will be involved with the SuperSonics' return in its personnel like Tim Lieweke and their acclaimed experience running sports teams over Chris Hansen with the willingness to renovate the Key Arena. The NHL has high on their minds right now in bringing an NHL expansion team to Seattle for 2020, which is nothing short of a formality as the local demand and interest in it certainly exists. But Tim's brother Tod notes on Mike Gastineau's KJR 950AM Sports Radio show that the Seattle SuperSonics aren't forgotten as the newer and improved Key Arena will be more than accomodating and be the "perfect" venue to not just the SuperSonics and the planned Seattle NHL expansion team but also to the WNBA's Seattle Storm with eyes towards being a single-arena city with anchor tenants like Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, New York, Dallas, Atlanta (when it had the Thrashers with the Hawks), and Washington. Although OVG is more than prepared to write a huge NBA expansion check, it is willingly open to find new investors--be it a whole new group or individuals--into the team who will also equity share in the arena. Corporate sponsors and naming rights will obligatory spend the same amount to both the NBA and NHL teams while dividing revenue from club seats in the Key Arena, hoping to make it among the top 7 in league revenue:
    https://www.sonicsrising.com/2018/4/...ng-nba-leiweke

    Since I just mentioned Chris Hansen here, his planned SoDo Arena pitches are in complicated limbo as the OVG's Key Arena efforts are full steam ahead:
    http://mynorthwest.com/952559/has-ha...-walking-dead/
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/04/18/c...ch-sits-limbo/
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    Bringing up this piece from James Kerti regarding the 4 essential ingredients needed for NBA expansion because I think sometimes we could get confused over what's going on with this planned expansion and its rules. We all could use some reminders and perspective as we go along. Seattle, with its very strong NBA history, certainly ticks all the boxes. Or on its way to. But who else would? Mexico City is intriguing for lots of reasons:
    https://www.hoopsthink.com/nba-expansion/
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    As if this breaking development doesn't simultaneously awaken the SuperSonics' fans appetite for their beloved team's return and the tremendous memories it rekindles while serving as a painful reminder of what they still be enjoying, Kevin Durant returns to Seattle with his Golden St. Warriors for a NBA preseason game at the Key Arena this fall as the final event there in its present incarnation (1995-201 before OVG gets it regutted to become deeper and renovated to the tune of $600 million the following October for its September 2020 re-opening.


    The last game at KeyArena will feature former Sonic Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors, according to Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams.

    The Warriors will play a preseason game at the Key next fall against an unnamed team right before construction on the new arena begins.

    Nellams made the announcement during the first official review of the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the Oak View Group for a new $600 million arena at Seattle Center. Nellams says the game is currently scheduled to be the last event, and that Center staff will vacate the building by October 14.

    All of that is predicated on the Council signing final transaction documents, and handing over the site to OVG contractors. Marshall Foster, who has been handling some of the negotiations with OVG, told the Council the current process for permitting and design is running concurrently, and, "It allows them to get out of the ground and going, earlier, and help us get the NHL in Seattle in 2020, which is our goal."

    The NHL is expected to make an announcement, perhaps the conditional awarding of an expansion franchise, to Seattle in June. The league is not expected to make a final decision now, until September, likely after Seattle finishes its work. The Council's lead on the Arena issue, Debora Juarez, acknowledges she'd like to get the Arena work wrapped up by September. "For me, I want to get it done before budget," she told KING5, adding she also knows of the dueling timelines. "I would be disingenuous if I were to pretend it has nothing to do with it - of course it does - they're a business... they're going to pour in $1.2, $1.3 billion - they want to bring in a team, they're letting us know that."

    Nellams did not say who would be playing the Warriors, who feature former Sonic Kevin Durant. The Monday meeting came almost two years to the day after the Council rejected a street vacation petition for a SoDo Arena. Traffic congestion was heavily cited as a reason behind the move.
    https://www.king5.com/article/news/l.../281-547412230

    Durant recently admits to wishing that Seattle fans would've loved to see his NBA career mature from when he was a teen rookie there a decade ago and make the franchise as a success. Same there with them. So it's second chance of sorts.

    Incidentally in a related story, the Tacoma Dome, an arena the Seattle SuperSonics temporarily used for home games during the first Seattle Center renovations in 1994-95, will undergo much-needed $30 million interior renovations of its own this summer for the first time in 35 years that will make it more comfortable and competitive with many arenas out there:
    http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinio...209898244.html
    http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/b...209248604.html
    http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/b...209808719.html
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    Really interesting there's two prospective Louisville ownership groups eyeing a franchise for the city as both try gathering local support. Both obviously got their eyes on the KFC Yum! Center, an NBA-ready arena built for that occassion. No public money will get involved, says Dan Issel. However both would have to seriously deal with the University of Louisville, who now practically owns the arena as the primary tenant for several years now, and hammer out an agreement both sides would be satisfied with involving several aspects like scheduling, revenue, and lease modifications. Seemingly unusual NBA and NCAA teams share the arenas nowdays but it happens. Don't want to alienate the Louisville Cardinals.

    Yes, Milwaukee, New York, and Memphis all share their arenas with NCAA basketball teams as co-tenants. But the NBA teams located in those markets are slightly higher in the pecking order:
    https://www.courier-journal.com/stor...his/597988002/
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/05/11/l...ather-support/
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    Really surprising developments from NBA sources regarding Kansas City's NBA expansion prospects and how it quietly and quickly moved up behind Seattle on the shortlist, according to an anonymous NBA GM who said Kansas City is "just a matter of time". If KC gets back in, it'll be the first time in around 35 years or more the state of Missouri would get a franchise based in the Show-Me State since the Kings left Sacramento (1985). Kansas City, the 30th largest metro area, got the downtown 19,000-seat Sprint Center, an 11-year old arena that currently holds no tenant since Arena Football's Kansas City Brigade/Command shuttered in 2012 but still makes a profit and hosts college basketball games like Kansas Jayhawks ones and the men's Big 12 Tournament. That Yahoo Sports article is incorrect on the matter that the ABA's Kansas City Knights are the last pro basketball team in KC. This city had the short-lived and more fly-by-night Spartans several seasons later. Now it has the Kansas City Tornados from the North American Premier Basketball league playing at the Municipal Auditorium having just completed its debut season there. Did try to get the Charlotte Hornets and even tried to lure back the Kings when the Sprint Center was newer and since hosted NBA preseason games. Kansas City's NBA team would be able to attract fans from not just both KCs (Missouri and Kansas) but also from Omaha (the city that shared the Kings with Kansas City from 1972-76), St. Louis (hosted some Kings games back in the 1980s), Wichita/Topeka, and Des Moines.

    But fact is, there's no potential ownership group in place for Kansas City that's ready to throw their dice in when the time comes. And, of course, the NBA hasn't yet set up an expansion timetable. IMO, Kansas City is a bit of a stretch right now for the NBA, though it would be very nice my home state gets back into the NBA on a regular basis:
    https://sports.yahoo.com/nba-executi...233932993.html
    https://kckingdom.com/2018/05/19/nba...-anytime-soon/
    https://uproxx.com/dimemag/nba-expan...city-rumors/2/
    https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2018...d-an-nba-team/
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