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NBA D-League Still Needs to Expand

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10 hours ago, leopard88 said:

 

I've always thought of George Mason's Patriot Center (or whatever it's called now) as a good location, but that actually might be a little too big.  The Showplace Arena seems like a good size for a D-League arena.

 

My primary question would be access.  Whenever I travel to Upper Marlboro, I take 1-97 to US 301, which isn't the easiest ride.  How is the trip from the Capital Beltway?

Sometimes it's easy, other times it's a pain. Mostly depends where you're coming from.

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Oshkosh it is

 

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Bucks to own D-League franchise in Oshkosh

 

The Milwaukee Bucks will own and operate an NBA Development League franchise in Oshkosh, starting in the 2017-’18 season, sources close to the team said Tuesday.

 

The Bucks have scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference in Oshkosh on Wednesday.

 

A new 3,500-seat arena is being built in Oshkosh and is expected to be ready in time for next season.

 

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3 hours ago, Waffles said:

 

Any hopes for the B'Goshes?

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With Oshkosh announced today, that only leaves the Nuggets, Clippers, Pelicans, Blazers and Wizards without D-League affiliates.

 

I know the Wizards are deadset on putting their team in that new practice facility...any word on the other four, though?

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20 hours ago, MBurmy said:

With Oshkosh announced today, that only leaves the Nuggets, Clippers, Pelicans, Blazers and Wizards without D-League affiliates.

 

I know the Wizards are deadset on putting their team in that new practice facility...any word on the other four, though?

 

I wish the Clippers would put a D-League team in San Diego. Hell you can even call them the San Diego Clippers and have them play in the same old arena the LA Clippers played in 35 years ago. But since the day they moved up to LA, the Clippers have seemingly ignored San Diego as no longer relevant to their interests. The Chargers appear poised to do the same.

 

Say what you will about the Lakers, at least they make a token effort to try and appeal to San Diego (even though it doesn't tend to work out well). The only LA area team that makes any significant effort to the south is the Ducks (even before they put their AHL team here).

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On 2/8/2017 at 2:10 PM, MBurmy said:

With Oshkosh announced today, that only leaves the Nuggets, Clippers, Pelicans, Blazers and Wizards without D-League affiliates.

 

I know the Wizards are deadset on putting their team in that new practice facility...any word on the other four, though?

 

In the case of the Nuggets, there were talks to put a team in Omaha, but I haven't heard anything since those rumors began.

 

The Clippers might be better off bringing back Bakersfield and make them their team.

 

As for the other three teams, New Orleans has a truckload of options: Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport, Mobile... All of those cities are within the team's area.

 

Portland might want to look at bringing back the Idaho Stampede. Otherwise, there isn't much that is within their area outside of Eugene and the Wizards... you know, why not Baltimore. Royal Farms Arena would be a decent place for their team.

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36 minutes ago, Seadragon76 said:

 

In the case of the Nuggets, there were talks to put a team in Omaha, but I haven't heard anything since those rumors began.

 

The Clippers might be better off bringing back Bakersfield and make them their team.

 

As for the other three teams, New Orleans has a truckload of options: Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport, Mobile... All of those cities are within the team's area.

 

Portland might want to look at bringing back the Idaho Stampede. Otherwise, there isn't much that is within their area outside of Eugene and the Wizards... you know, why not Baltimore. Royal Farms Arena would be a decent place for their team.

Baton Rouge doesn't seem like it would work because of LSU and Shreveport is much closer to Dallas than it is to New Orleans.  And since the NBA extended the radius of local markets from 75 to 150 miles last year, the Mavericks are closer than ever before.

 

As for the Wizards, the practice facility under construction in Congress Heights (Southeast DC) will have a 4,600 seat arena for the Mystics. Issue solved

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Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore is too big for a D League team. It's capacity is nearly 15K. For the D League smaller arenas are the better (and cheaper) option. Preferably a venue that seats under 10K. This is a minor league after all.

 

Wizards aren't going to want to rent that big a venue when realistically they may only have 3-5K people come out to the games. Since the Wizards are building that new facility, they are far more likely to have a D league team play in their own facility.

 

SN: some Mystics fans are pissed that they will be moving into a smaller arena

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what will happen to Sioux Falls? I would think at some point Miami will want a team closer to Miami

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5 hours ago, smith03 said:

what will happen to Sioux Falls? I would think at some point Miami will want a team closer to Miami

My thought would be that Miami gets its own team closer to home (maybe Fort Myers) and a team like Denver takes over in Sioux Falls.

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Now that there will be 25 teams in next year's D-League season, how would you realign the conferences/divisions? 

5 divisions of 5 teams apiece? Or 2 conferences with 2 divisions and 6 teams (one with 7 teams) in each conference?

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On 2/10/2017 at 0:47 PM, Seadragon76 said:

As for the other three teams, New Orleans has a truckload of options: Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport, Mobile... All of those cities are within the team's area.

 

On 2/10/2017 at 1:43 PM, dfwabel said:

Baton Rouge doesn't seem like it would work because of LSU and Shreveport is much closer to Dallas than it is to New Orleans.  And since the NBA extended the radius of local markets from 75 to 150 miles last year, the Mavericks are closer than ever before.

 

Re: the Pelicans, I think the best option is Biloxi/Gulfport and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum.  Pre-Katrina, the area was a strong supporter of the ECHL Sea Wolves, and Biloxi recently added the Biloxi Shuckers minor league ball team. The D-League would be a great winter counterpoint to the Shuckers, and there is no college competition as there would be in Baton Rouge (LSU; Southern University), Lafayette (ULL), or Mobile (South Alabama; Spring Hill).  Lots of casinos/casino money there (comped tickets, anyone?) and only about an hour and a half from New Orleans via I-10. Same team nickname would work well,  too...

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On 2/11/2017 at 9:53 PM, RoughRiders99 said:

Now that there will be 25 teams in next year's D-League season, how would you realign the conferences/divisions? 

5 divisions of 5 teams apiece? Or 2 conferences with 2 divisions and 6 teams (one with 7 teams) in each conference?


No thoughts? 

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10 minutes ago, jmac11281 said:

 

From the article --

 

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This marks the first time a U.S. professional sports league has named an entitlement partner.

 

I know this is a team sport, but is it really that different than the Winston/Nextel/Sprint Cup?

 

That said, the curmudgeon in me doesn't like it.  At least call it the "Gatorade Developmental League"* . . . like the Barclays Premier League.

 

 

* -- It could then be abbreviated as the "G-D League", which seems appropriate.

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The selling of the NBA continues it's downward spiral.  How soon do we have the NBA presented by (insert highest bidder here)?

 

636226228675830374-XXX-Gatorade-League-1

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1 hour ago, Pharos04 said:

The selling of the NBA continues it's downward spiral.  How soon do we have the NBA presented by (insert highest bidder here)?

 

636226228675830374-XXX-Gatorade-League-1

 

I'm not against this rebrand. I get it. The money goes back into league and allows the parent teams to develop talent without spending much on their end. It's smart.

 

Sure it sounds ridiculous, but there is nothing scared about the D-League -- brand or history.

 

Now if they touch the NBA name that's a different story ... 

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#OITGDNBAGL (or #OITGDNBAGDL if they had went with the English Premier League route)

(GD being "gosh darn" for me.)

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