NBA TO COLUMBUS

FROMTHE18's picture
August 9, 2012 at 11:18a
31 Comments

for those interested... http://nbatocolumbus.com/ ...if that doesnt sell it to you, just rewatch the Cavs games post-Lebron... OSU bball is awesome and all but having a professional bball team could only further enhance Columbus' image, and who knows, maybe Dwight Howard is feeling Buckeye. and when LBJ is nearing retirement in 10 years, how funny would it be if he ended up on a team in Columbus rather than the Cavs. dont really have more words to type, but apparently I need 100 so blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah 

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Baroclinicity's picture

Doubtful.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I love Columbus, but I'm not so sure this is a good idea. But if it happens, I would hope for the sake of the city that they would get a team that relocates to Columbus (like Seattle to OKC) and not an expansion team (like the CBJ). 

BED's picture

The NBA has already said it has no plans for expansion.  If this were to happen, we'd likely steal the Kings from Sacramento.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

This is good news. Expansion teams fight an uphill battle from Day One. 

TNbuckeye91's picture

Id go with concurrent getting a team

rdubs's picture

some of the names on the website were hilarious. 
The Fighting Les Wexners
The Knights of Columbus
Columbus Chimeras

kevshocker's picture

I like the effort but this is never happening... 
1. Columbus already has an NHL team... it would be one thing if they added a team that didn't play the exact same season of the year... 
2. The website is misleading...
- yes Columbus is 15th in city size but that is irrelevant... they are 30-32 in the different metropolitan/urban area statistics that are actually used for population base
- the site mentions like 6 cities that are smaller which have an NBA team... but that again is irrelevant b/c you'd want to find smaller cities that have 2 or more pro sports teams as this is the category Columbus would be in with an NBA team.  Memphis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Portland, OKC, etc are no different than Columbus, ONE professional sports team.
 
 

Kevin

kevshocker's picture

only 3 metro areas smaller than Columbus have more than one pro team... N.O. Buffalo Milwaukee and none have NHL+NBA 

Kevin

Nick's picture

I would be fine with the CBJs moving for an NBA team, I know Louisville is pining for a team as well.
Likely teams to be moved: Sacramento & Toronto

LadyBuck's picture

I love basketball, but I think the Columbus sports scene is fine the way it is. I think an NBA team in Columbus would suffer, since we have such a close bond with OSU. If it's between the new NBA team or the OSU men's team, I would rather go to the OSU game, and I think that most people would see the OSU game versus the NBA team.

RedStorm45's picture

Can we just trade the Jackets for the Cavs?  No point in having an NBA team here with the Cavs, Pacers, and Pistons all within reasonable driving distance.

Baroclinicity's picture

Cavs aren't going anywhere as long as Gilbert is the owner with the financial investments he has in Cleveland (casino).

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BED's picture

I think I recall Gilbert actually being for having a team (not the Cavs) in Columbus.  Promoting an in-state rivalry ala Bengals-Browns.

But yeah, Cavs are staying put.  I'm sure the city protected itself with the arena lease like it did with the Browns after that whole Art Modell thing.

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The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

RedStorm45's picture

Yeah, Gilbert is big up there.  I was more joking than anything.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't he also have a casino in Columbus, too?

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

703Buckeye's picture

Gilbert and Rock-Caesars own the Cleveland and Cincinnati casinos. Penn Gaming owns Toledo and Columbus.

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mastermiind's picture

#becausehockeyhasbeensuchasmashinghit

hgvyt54trtfvt56

BED's picture

Really neither here nor there for these purposes.  NHL actually has lower attendence most seasons than MLS.  NBA would be a huge draw, and since the City owns Nationwide Arena now, we gotta get butts in those seats!  When the Cavs play there, it's usually pretty full.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

mastermiind's picture

you're neither here nor there.

hgvyt54trtfvt56

BED's picture

Touche.

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The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

Buckeye 09's picture

I'm assuming most people that have a problem with this are bitter Cavs fans. It isn't really fair to compare the NHL to the NBA considering how much more popular basketball is than hockey in the area. Also, the year the jackets made the playoffs attendance was really good. It's probably difficult for people to pack the arena for the least popular major sport in the country for a team that is always in last place. I think a NBA team would be great for the city. I also do not expect it to cannabilize ticket sales for OSU basketball since they could draw from different crowds and a lot of people would support both teams.

ShadyBuckeye's picture

@RDUBS If there were a new PRO team in columbus or anywhere in ohio in any sport then the appropriate name would either be the Columbus Bottom-Feeders, Toledo Dwellers, Akron Agonies, Dayton Doom haha I dont know but no professional sports team in Ohio will ever win. Its crazy how many sports teams we have but none of them are ever successful. But we got the Bucks so its all good.

buck-I.8's picture

Hey now, we have the Aeros in Akron and they're always on top of the Eastern League. Let me live in a winning environment three months out of the year

NoVA Buckeye's picture

id like to see the NBA go to 32 teams, adding 2 expansion teams (one being the SuperSonics and the other...? (hint hint)) so that every team in the playoffs has to at least finish in the upper half of their conference, not this 16 out of 30 B.S. Seriously. Imagine if the NFL let 18 teams compete in the post-season!

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Bolt's picture

I think David Stern has gone on record saying he'd rather reduce teams if he could. Which sucks for us, but makes sense. With all the superstars apparently deciding that the way to go is to just form superteams you're getting more and more of these middle of the country mid to small market team with far inferior talent/brand names and he believes it's just watering down the league having this many teams. Obiously OKC is the exception.

741's picture

I've been saying for a while that I think ownership of the Cavs and the Blue Jackets (and the respective arenas) should swap 6-8 home games per year to spread create an even more inclusive fan base for both teams. 
Clevelanders would probably love to have 8 Blue Jackets games up there, and I am certain Columbus would support 8 Cavs games down here. 

Woody4's picture

Not interested,  will proactively vote against this...   do NOT care for the product,  but love it at the collegiate level, & we have that in the Buckeyes! 

Bolt's picture

Well just because you don't care for it doesn't mean you have to sh*t in the pie!

Bolt's picture

I think if it were to happen it'd be great if we called ourselves the Ohio _____s. I think even just that gimmick would help us draw in a wider fanbase reaching to western Ohio and Cincinnati. Imagine the Ohio Royals. Cincy fans would dig it methinks. A short hour and a half drive for games for 'Nati folks. Or they would just resent us for stealing their team name and go support Notre Dame some more. Hell, I dunno.

Buckeyejason's picture

The last thing the state of Ohio needs is another losing professional franchise.

BUCKEYES BABY!