Originally Posted by jlousa
I think Basketball would've been successful had it never left, but it did and I think it burnt many bridges when it did. I just don't see it coming back for a generation or so, I'm sure Seattle will get their team back before we do.
I think we could support the team though if we get one.
Baseball on the other hand I don't think there's a market for here, not one big enough to support it's own team. We could certainly entertain a seris ever other year though.
I think we should give our support to the Lions and Whitecaps first and keep them healthy instead.
I think basketball would be successful here should it come back. I think a lot of people don't give enough credit to the asian community here - where with Indo-Canadians, and Chinese-Canadians (immigrants - Taiwanese, Philippinos, etc) the sport of basketball is absolutely HUGE. And we do have a dominant asian population here. It's been said time and time again, that future management of an NBA franchise (should they come here), needs to target those people groups.
I agree though, support needs to be given to the 'Caps and Lions for now, as they are our Summer pro teams. It's been a terrible Summer with regards to our pro sports teams though. The Lions are 1-6 (depending on tonight's game, they could be 1-7), and the 'Caps are not better, actually, worse, at 3-13-9. Granted, the Whitecaps are in their first season in top tier North American Soccer, but no excuses. I am hopeful, that the 'Caps will be better next year, though, with head coach, Martin Rennie (hearing good things about him, thus far).
I think if another professional sports franchise were to come to our beautiful city - it would most likely be the NBA, not MLB. MLB maybe in a couple of decades, but the NBA, I can see returning within the next 5-10 years from today.