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Study: Louisville Can Support NBA Franchise... So Can Seattle

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Louisville has been speculated as a front runner to be an expansion partner with Seattle and this study proves that the market can support an NBA team.

The American City Business Journal released a study on Friday that Louisville does have the population and the income by local residents to support an NBA franchise.  Not shockingly Seattle is also on this list and also a bit higher up. Seattle, however, did not fair so well when it came to the NHL score.  Of course I can point out to an article that was written by a certain site about eight months ago speaking about Seattle and Louisville being on top of the list

Of course there are a few things left to be sorted out in Milwaukee, our own Environmental Impact Study and the potential of work stoppage after the NBA's collective bargaining agreement runs out.

There is always the possibility of another city jumping us in the proceedings to get both the NBA or the NHL.  Only way I see that happening is if the EIS is rejected for some reason and not because the NBA still has a vendetta against the city of Seattle and enjoy seeing our misery.  They don't, they want a team here.  Trust me on this.

The only two cities that I can see potentially passing us to get an NBA franchise is Vegas and Omaha.  Vancouver is on the outside looking in, Francesco Anquilini has apparently cooled on his desires to bring a franchise back to VBC.  Nashville does want an NBA team, but that team already resides in the state.  Virginia Beach/Norfolk could always end up doing something, I see them as a loose canon in all this.  Then according to the list St. Louis, Kansas City and others that we thought could be threats, really are not.

The table below shows you the North American markets, the higher the number the more likely they are to be able to support a franchise from a certain league.  If you're a little weirded out by how some cities have money coming out of their TPI and they don't have a pro sports team there, they do have a team from a Power 5 college conference.

I am not going to even pretend to know exactly how TPI is calculated and how sports teams consume that per market, so I'll let you work that out on your own.

Rank Market Population Personal Income Spent on Current Teams Remaining TPI Capacity for NBA Capacity for NHL Capacity for MLB Capacity for NFL Capacity for MLS
1 New York City-New Jersey 23,484,225 $1,385,000,000,000 $598,000,000,000 $787,000,000,000.00 - - - - -
2 Los Angeles-Anaheim 18,351,929 $823,000,000,000 $478,000,000,000 $345,000,000,000.00 - - - 100 -
3 Chicago 9,912,730 $482,000,000,000 $391,000,000,000 $91,000,000,000.00 - - - - -
4 San Francisco (Bay Area) 8,469,854 $535,000,000,000 $465,000,000,000 $70,000,000,000.00 - - - - -
5 Boston 8,041,303 $452,000,000,000 $287,000,000,000 $165,000,000,000.00 - - - - -
6 Dallas 7,206,144 $335,000,000,000 $287,000,000,000 $48,000,000,000.00 - - - - -
7 Philadelphia 7,146,706 $363,000,000,000 $261,000,000,000 $102,000,000,000.00 - - - - -
8 Houston 6,508,323 $335,000,000,000 $211,000,000,000 $124,000,000,000.00 - 100 - - -
9 Miami 6,447,610 $290,000,000,000 $273,000,000,000 $17,000,000,000.00 - - - - 100
10 Atlanta 6,162,195 $249,000,000,000 $263,000,000,000 -$14,000,000,000.00 - 0 - - -
11 Toronto 5,966,300 $221,000,000,000 $213,000,000,000 $8,000,000,000.00 - - - 17 -
12 Washington 5,949,859 $366,000,000,000 $287,000,000,000 $79,000,000,000.00 - - - - -
13 Detroit 5,646,663 $235,000,000,000 $273,000,000,000 -$38,000,000,000.00 - - - - 0
14 Seattle 4,459,677 $236,000,000,000 $192,000,000,000 $44,000,000,000.00 98 88 - - -
15 Phoenix 4,398,762 $170,000,000,000 $273,000,000,000 -$103,000,000,000.00 - - - - 0
16 Montreal 3,984,500 $148,000,000,000 $64,000,000,000 $84,000,000,000.00 100 - 81 100 -
17 Minneapolis-St. Paul 3,797,883 $190,000,000,000 $287,000,000,000 -$97,000,000,000.00 - - - - -
18 Cleveland 3,501,538 $152,000,000,000 $197,000,000,000 -$45,000,000,000.00 - 0 - - 0
19 Denver 3,277,309 $166,000,000,000 $287,000,000,000 -$121,000,000,000.00 - - - - -
20 San Diego 3,211,252 $165,000,000,000 $152,000,000,000 $13,000,000,000.00 29 26 - - 93
21 Portland 3,022,178 $126,000,000,000 $85,000,000,000 $41,000,000,000.00 - 82 39 85 -
22 Orlando 2,975,658 $109,000,000,000 $59,000,000,000 $50,000,000,000.00 - 100 48 100 -
23 St. Louis 2,905,893 $132,000,000,000 $202,000,000,000 -$70,000,000,000.00 0 - - - 0
24 Tampa-St. Petersburg 2,870,569 $116,000,000,000 $202,000,000,000 -$86,000,000,000.00 0 - - - 0
25 Baltimore 2,770,738 $151,000,000,000 $152,000,000,000 -$1,000,000,000.00 0 0 - - 0
26 Pittsburgh 2,659,937 $127,000,000,000 $228,000,000,000 -$101,000,000,000.00 0 - - - 0
27 Charlotte 2,493,040 $103,000,000,000 $93,000,000,000 $10,000,000,000.00 - 20 10 - 71
28 Sacramento 2,482,660 $114,000,000,000 $45,000,000,000 $69,000,000,000.00 - 100 66 100 100
29 Vancouver BC 2,438,800 $90,000,000,000 $64,000,000,000 $26,000,000,000.00 58 - 25 54 -
30 Kansas City 2,393,623 $106,000,000,000 $192,000,000,000 -$86,000,000,000.00 0 0 - - -
31 Salt Lake City 2,389,225 $91,000,000,000 $85,000,000,000 $6,000,000,000.00 - 12 6 13 -
32 Columbus 2,370,839 $100,000,000,000 $90,000,000,000 $10,000,000,000.00 22 - 10 21 -
33 Indianapolis 2,336,237 $97,000,000,000 $93,000,000,000 $4,000,000,000.00 - 8 4 - 29
34 San Antonio 2,277,550 $91,000,000,000 $45,000,000,000 $46,000,000,000.00 - 92 44 96 100
35 Las Vegas 2,273,195 $83,000,000,000 $0 $83,000,000,000.00 100 100 80 100 100
36 Cincinatti 2,196,629 $96,000,000,000 $152,000,000,000 -$56,000,000,000.00 0 0 - - 0
37 Milwaukee 2,040,498 $94,000,000,000 $149,000,000,000 -$55,000,000,000.00 - 0 - 0 0
38 Raleigh-Durham 2,037,430 $87,000,000,000 $128,000,000,000 -$41,000,000,000.00 0 - 0 0 0
39 Austin 1,883,051 $84,000,000,000 $26,000,000,000 $58,000,000,000.00 100 100 56 100 100
40 Nashville 1,876,933 $84,000,000,000 $124,000,000,000 -$40,000,000,000.00 0 - 0 - 0
41 Virginia Beach-Norfolk 1,810,266 $80,000,000,000 $0 $80,000,000,000.00 100 100 77 100 100
42 Greensboro 1,619,313 $60,000,000,000 $26,000,000,000 $34,000,000,000.00 76 68 33 71 100
43 Buffalo 1,618,207 $68,000,000,000 $98,000,000,000 -$30,000,000,000.00 0 - 0 - 0
44 Jacksonville 1,518,677 $64,000,000,000 $48,000,000,000 $16,000,000,000.00 36 32 15 - 100
45 Louisville 1,490,724 $61,000,000,000 $26,000,000,000 $35,000,000,000.00 78 70 34 73 100
46 Hartford 1,489,361 $81,000,000,000 $0 $81,000,000,000.00 100 100 78 100 100
47 New Orleans 1,467,880 $63,000,000,000 $93,000,000,000 -$30,000,000,000.00 - 0 0 - 0
48 Grand Rapids 1,407,323 $52,000,000,000 $0 $52,000,000,000.00 100 100 50 100 100
49 Greenville 1,395,624 $49,000,000,000 $26,000,000,000 $23,000,000,000.00 51 46 22 48 100
50 Oklahoma City 1,390,835 $61,000,000,000 $71,000,000,000 -$10,000,000,000.00 - 0 0 0 0
51 Memphis 1,369,006 $56,000,000,000 $45,000,000,000 $11,000,000,000.00 - 22 11 23 79
52 Calgary 1,357,600 $69,000,000,000 $50,000,000,000 $19,000,000,000.00 42 - 18 40 100
53 Birmingham 1,313,105 $54,000,000,000 $0 $54,000,000,000.00 100 100 52 100 100
54 Ottawa 1,302,900 $64,000,000,000 $50,000,000,000 $14,000,000,000.00 31 - 13 29 100
55 Edmonton 1,285,800 $64,000,000,000 $50,000,000,000 $14,000,000,000.00 31 - 13 29 100
56 Richmond 1,245,764 $57,000,000,000 $0 $57,000,000,000.00 100 100 55 100 100
57 Harrisburg 1,233,708 $53,000,000,000 $0 $53,000,000,000.00 100 100 51 100 100
58 Rochester, NY 1,178,141 $53,000,000,000 $0 $53,000,000,000.00 100 100 51 100 100
59 Albany 1,173,061 $56,000,000,000 $0 $56,000,000,000.00 100 100 54 100 100
60 Albuquerque 1,163,966 $43,000,000,000 $0 $43,000,000,000.00 96 86 41 90 100
61 Tulsa 1,131,458 $52,000,000,000 $0 $52,000,000,000.00 100 100 50 100 100
62 Fresno 1,107,661 $39,000,000,000 $0 $39,000,000,000.00 87 78 38 81 100
63 Knoxville 1,096,961 $41,000,000,000 $26,000,000,000 $15,000,000,000.00 33 30 14 31 100
64 Dayton 1,079,679 $43,000,000,000 $0 $43,000,000,000.00 96 86 41 90 100
65 El Paso 1,044,496 $33,000,000,000 $0 $33,000,000,000.00 73 66 32 69 100
66 Tucson 1,043,322 $38,000,000,000 $26,000,000,000 $12,000,000,000.00 27 24 12 25 86
67 Cape Coral-Fort Myers 1,000,757 $50,000,000,000 $0 $50,000,000,000.00 100 100 48 100 100
68 Honolulu 983,429 $48,000,000,000 $0 $48,000,000,000.00 100 96 46 100 100
69 Chattanooga 940,299 $33,000,000,000 $0 $33,000,000,000.00 73 66 32 69 100
70 Sarasota 931,788 $44,000,000,000 $0 $44,000,000,000.00 98 88 42 92 100
71 Omaha 931,666 $44,000,000,000 $0 $44,000,000,000.00 98 88 42 92 100
72 Columbia 922,242 $34,000,000,000 $26,000,000,000 $8,000,000,000.00 18 16 8 17 57
73 Little Rock 898,683 $37,000,000,000 $0 $37,000,000,000.00 82 74 36 77 100
74 Bakersfield 864,124 $31,000,000,000 $0 $31,000,000,000.00 69 62 30 65 100
75 Madison 851,332 $40,000,000,000 $26,000,000,000 $14,000,000,000.00 31 28 13 29 100
76 Baton Rouge 820,159 $34,000,000,000 $26,000,000,000 $8,000,000,000.00 18 16 8 17 57
77 Quebec City 793,500 $34,000,000,000 $0 $34,000,000,000.00 76 68 33 71 100
78 Winnipeg 770,400 $30,000,000,000 $50,000,000,000 -$20,000,000,000.00 0 - 0 0 0
79 Hamilton 758,000 $32,000,000,000 $0 $32,000,000,000.00 71 64 31 67 100
80 Des Moines 755,200 $35,000,000,000 $26,000,000,000 $9,000,000,000.00 20 18 9 19 64
81 Syracuse 741,411 $31,000,000,000 $26,000,000,000 $5,000,000,000.00 11 10 5 10 36
82 Springfield, MA 698,136 $31,000,000,000 $0 $31,000,000,000.00 69 62 30 65 100
83 Green Bay 358,369 $15,000,000,000 $48,000,000,000 -$33,000,000,000.00 0 0 0 - 0