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Twin Cities(Obviously) and Oklahoma City.

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Omaha and Louisville

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OKC and Omaha.

 

Only concern I have with Omaha is that they would likely play in Rosenblatt Stadium which is in bad shape at this point. But, if the Omaha Nighthawks could play there without too many things showing up, then it should be fine for now.

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Indianapolis and Seattle

 

Also, Since NFL Players are coming to USFL, you should do a "USFL Newcomer of the Year" Award to the best former NFL player who now plays in the USFL.

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Twin Cities and Louisville. More Midwestern cities.

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Twin Cities and OKC. 

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2006 Update #2:  The Bids

 

As the USFL revealed more information from the bidding ownership groups it quickly became clear that they would have some difficult choices ahead of them.  As the data below demonstrates it would all come down to priorities.  The largest metro areas (New York, Miami, Twin Cities) also had the greatest competition in the sports markets, but benefit from a richer corporate presence as well.  Some locations (Omaha, Oklahoma City, Sacramento) would likely need to construct new stadiums as an expansion franchise either played outside of town at the state university or played in a much smaller venue.  While other locations, such as Indianapolis or Louisville, had a stadium in place, but were weaker in corporate dollars or in median income.  Exploring the data below, you can imagine how difficult the process proved to be.

 

Seattle

Population:  2.5 million (Metro) --4th of 9 candidates

Median Income:  $80k  --1st of 9 candidates

Corporate Presence:  Costco, Microsoft, Amazon, Paccar, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Weyerhaeuser

Stadium Options:  Qwest Field (67,000), Husky Stadium (72,500)

Competing Spring Sports: Mariners (MLB), Sounders (MLS)

NFL Presence:  Seahawks @ Qwest Field

USFL Rival Potential: Portland

 

Sacramento

Population:  2.3 million  -- 5th of 9 candidates

Median Income: $63k  --4th of 9 candidates

Corporate Presence:  AT&T, Apple, Bank of America, EDSm GenCorp, Intel, Kaiser Permanente

Stadium Options: Hornet Field (21,195)

Competing Spring Sports: Kings (NBA)

NFL Presence: None, Bay area is closest.

USFL Rival Potential: San José

  

Oklahoma City

Population:  1.2 million  --7th of 9 candidates (tie)

Median Income:  $47k  --9th of 9 candidates

Corporate Presence: BancFirst, Chesapeake Energy, Continental Resources, Devon Energy, Love’s, OGE Energy

Stadium Options: Taft Stadium (18,200), Memorial Stadium in Norman (84,000)

Competing Spring Sports: None (Thunder in 2008)

NFL Presence: None, closest is Dallas or KC

USFL Rival Potential: Dallas, St. Louis

 

Omaha

Population: 895k  --9th of 9 candidates

Median Income:  $53k  --6th of 9 candidates

Corporate Presence: Berkshire Hathaway, ConAgra, Union Pacific, Petre Kiewit Sons’, Mutual of Omaha

Stadium Options:  Rosenblatt Stadium (24,000),

Competing Spring Sports: None

NFL Presence:  None

USFL Rival Potential: St. Louis, Chicago

 

Twin Cities

Population: 3.9 million --3rd of 9 candidates

Median Income: $66k --3rd of 9 candidates

Corporate Presence:  United Health, Target, Best Buy, CHS, 3M, U.S. Bancorp, Supervalu, Gneeral Mills

Stadium Options:  TCF Bank Stadium-2009 (50,805), Metrodome (64,111)

Competing Spring Sports: Twins (MLB), Wild (NHL), Timberwolves (NBA)

NFL Presence: Vikings

USFL Rival Potential: Chicago

 

Indianapolis

Population:  1.9 Million  --6th of 9 candidates

Median Income: $54k --5th of 9 candidates

Corporate Presence:  Wellpoint, Eli Lilly, Cummins, Steel Dynamics

Stadium Options: Lucas Oil Stadium-2008 (70,000)

Competing Spring Sports: Pacers (NBA)

NFL Presence:  Colts

USFL Rival Potential:  Chicago, Michigan, St. Louis

 

Louisville

Population:  1.2 million  --7th of 9 candidates (tie)

Median Income:  $52k  --7th of 9 candidates

Corporate Presence:   UPS, Humana, Norton Healthcare, Yum Brands, Papa John’s

Stadium Options:  PJ Cardinal Stadium (56,000)

Competing Spring Sports: None

NFL Presence:  None

USFL Rival Potential: St. Louis, Chicago, Memphis

 

Miami

Population:  5.0 million--2nd of 9 candidates

Median Income: $51k  --8th of 9 candidates

Corporate Presence:  World Fuel Services, AutoNation, Ryder, Lennar, MasTec, Watsco

Stadium Options:   Dolphin Stadium (75,540), FIU Stadium (23,500)

Competing Spring Sports: Marlins (MLB), Heat (NBA), Panthers (NHL)

NFL Presence:  Dolphins

USFL Rival Potential:  Bandits, Renegades, Bulls

 

Long Island/Queens, NY

Population:  20.2 million---1st of 9 candidates

Median Income: $67k  --2nd of 9 candidates

Corporate Presence:  Verizon, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, MetLife, Pfizer, TIAA, Time Warner, Alcoa

Stadium Options: Citifield-2009 (41,922)

Competing Spring Sports: Yankees & Mets (MLB), Knicks & Nets (NBA), Rangers, Islanders (NHL)

NFL Presence:  Jets & Giants in New Jersey

USFL Rival Potential: New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia

 

Would the USFL opt to be a smaller fish in a bigger, more competitive, but wealthier market, or would they prefer to be a bigger fish in a less-competitive, smaller market?  Would they opt for one of each?   Would they commit to build a new stadium to support a franchise or opt for more secure permanent residence for the new fledgeling franchises?   2007 would reveal a lot as the pool of 9 would be reduced to 4 finalists. 

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Were the Sonics eliminated from this on purpose? Well, they'll be gone in a couple of years so I don't know if they were necessary in the first place.

 

My Votes:

Seattle and Twin Cities

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Louisville and Twin Cities

Edited by RightGuard
New candidate

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