All Rights Reserved. At the moment, it would be naive to assume that expansion is imminent, but it would also be naive to assume that owners aren't considering the prospect. section: | slug: nba-expansion-101-how-adding-new-teams-could-help-solve-leagues-current-financial-crisis-due-to-coronavirus | sport: basketball | route: article_single.us | Its status as a tech hub, led by Amazon. The change of venue had been said to have been partly suggested by Jack Twyman and Dave Piontek, who were two of several roster … Not every owner is so fortunate. Mexico City: The ultimate wild-card in any expansion talks. Duncan, representing the Kansas City Burnt Ends, won the first pick in a coin flip and took Kemba Walker. Both allow players to earn above their designated max by reaching certain criteria. It is already doing so now even without the guarantee of a franchise. To compensate, that could allow for a current Western Conference team to switch over to the East. Minnesota and Memphis both make geographical sense, and moving one of them would cut down on travel time for both themselves and the rest of the league. 4 pick, but traded up to No. The NBA could put expansion franchises practically anywhere. NBA Executive: “Jarrett, going to be real honest with you, Kansas City will get an NBA team at some point. The first is the redevelopment of KeyArena. Such rules would be subject to change, but that was the system used for the Bobcats in the league's last expansion draft. Vegas made perfect sense a year ago. The only concern the NBA might have is setting the precedent that it is willing to send teams back to abandoned markets. 6 and No. Jan 8, 2021, 9:20am EST The National Basketball Association reportedly is considering the addition of two expansion franchises, reigniting the … There isn't another NBA team within 350 miles of Kansas City. NBA expansion cities: Louisville. The then-Vancouver Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors selected No. Just a matter of time. A recent report suggests that Kansas City is a possible site for NBA expansion, but that’s only legitimate if those sights are looking far into the future. The criteria for each include All-NBA selections, so perhaps the addition of a fourth All-NBA team would offset some of the damage. NBA expansion is looking more likely for the NBA, as owners who lost billions during the pandemic are looking for new revenue sources. Think of the new owners as angel investors buying stock in the league as a whole. Corporate presence will be Kansas City's greatest challenge. It is the second-biggest American market without a team right now (behind only Tampa Bay). Expansion teams tend to serve as roadkill for their contending counterparts. On paper, this is a slam dunk. Obviously the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the global economy has been pronounced, but the complications surrounding expansion pricing extend further than that. While no expansion decision is remotely imminent, doing so while the league is still sorting through the fallout of COVID-19 would likely require some degree of cooperation from the players due to the inevitable negotiations that will take place over a number of other coronavirus-related concerns. It’s at least possible someone could pay $2.5 billion to own a team in one of those markets. When finished, the new KeyArena will be able to support both an NBA and an NHL team. The maximum salary is defined as a percentage of the cap in a given year. There are other revenue streams that are affected similarly, but television is the most important. Expansion is a time-honored way for professional sports leagues to raise capital, so it’s no surprise that MLB types are quietly discussing expansion as a way to offset operating losses this year and last. If a team has less than eight players under contract, then it must make at least one player available. Is this guy nuts? Archibald was one of the most exciting stars of the 70s. A territory that has been casually divided among the Bulls, Pacers, Grizzlies and Thunder could belong to a Kansas City expansion team. Four years earlier, the Philadephia 76ers fetched only one-third of that price at $280 million with a nearly identical metro population and more concentrated wealth. Pour autoriser Verizon Media et nos partenaires à traiter vos données personnelles, sélectionnez 'J'accepte' ou 'Gérer les paramètres' pour obtenir plus d’informations et pour gérer vos choix. Convincing 30 billionaires to try anything new is difficult because, well, they are already billionaires. Vous pouvez modifier vos choix à tout moment dans vos paramètres de vie privée. According to Jarett Sutton of the SEC Network, the NBA could bring basketball back to Kansas City via an expansion in the near future. It is not especially safe either. First, just no. The Seattle SuperSonics — who will keep their original name — will return to the Western Conference in time for the 2021–22 season. Comparing Louisville to Vancouver, in terms of talks over NBA expansion franchises, is just not fair to Louisville. The Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets both sold for at least $2 billion, but perhaps more telling was the $850 million price that the Atlanta Hawks garnered in a relatively modest NBA market. The price of an expansion team is not set in stone. Kansas City is pushing hard to land an NBA league expansion, hoping it will return after the Kansas City Kings were relocated to Sacramento, Calif. in 1985. Kansas City, Missouri There’s an empty spot on the NBA map between Oklahoma City and Minneapolis. But the tourism industry is a double-edged sword. When new teams are born, the NBA fills them with something called an expansion draft. Some owners can weather this storm. The last three teams that have changed hands were sold at market-shattering prices. With apologies to Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Louisville and Virginia Beach, these are the four cities that check the most boxes for the NBA: Seattle: The city that the NBA left over a decade ago is the one it could potentially return to now for two main reasons. It needs to be a certain distance away from other NBA markets so as not to impede on their territory. While the short-term salary cap is in flux, it will eventually revert to its typical state: a predetermined percentage of projected revenue split equally among every team. Las Vegas: So far, professional sports have flourished in Vegas. Kansas City officials put on full-court press to bring NBA in 2020-21 Courtesy T-Mobile Kansas City's Sprint Center will now be called the T-Mobile Center because of the company merger taking place. Adding new teams does not expand the existing player pool, so more teams wind up sharing the same amount of talent. Kansas City also has a rich basketball history that the NBA could lean on when marketing the expansion team. Making it through this is going to require cash that the NBA may not have, or may not have the ability to generate through traditional means. For higher-level players, more teams equals more competition for their services, which theoretically drives up price. But necessity is the mother of invention, and it cannot be argued how badly the NBA needs cash right now. Which brings us back to the league's commitment to a 30-team model. Any player left unprotected could then be drafted by the expansion team, but no existing NBA team can lose more than one player. Finally, we need to address the cap. A possible solution to a lower max, for instance, would be to loosen the eligibility restrictions on both "Rose Rule" (prohibits teams from having two designated players on their roster at the same time), and supermax contracts. It’s a real thing I’ve heard from multiple sources. An NBA expansion team could cost as much as $2.5 billion, as there’s plenty of chatter out there regarding the addition of two teams to the circuit.. Why Austin? March estimates suggested a potential billion-dollar loss for the league based only on the coronavirus' impact on this season. Players don't technically have a say in the decision to expand, but they hold an unusual amount of leverage at this particular moment. Inertia is the most powerful force in sports. The city has supported NBA basketball before. The national expansion of sports betting has all but eliminated that stigma, and T-Mobile Arena was fitted from the start to accommodate an NBA team. As we'll discuss, most of the best expansion markets would make more sense in the Western Conference. That deviation creates opportunities for different sorts of players to get paid. Setting a market price in 2020 comes with some complications, though. In April 1957, the Harrison brothers moved the Royals to Cincinnati, a city that was then trying to obtain an NBA expansion franchise.This move followed a well-received regular season game played at Cincinnati Gardens on February 1, 1957. A new team would have no trouble filling its luxury boxes, and while Chris Hansen would be viewed as the heavy front-runner to lead an ownership group, Seattle has so many billionaires in and around the city that the NBA could potentially drum up something of a bidding war for the right to revive the Sonics. If Seattle gets a team back, what would stop any other city from assuming it could lose a team and get it back down the line as well? The city of Louisville is a top contender for an NBA team because they … In an expansion team's first season, it can use only 66.7 percent of the cap, and in its second, it can use up to 80 percent of the cap. If, for instance, the idea of cutting games out of the regular season gains any traction, teams could theoretically play each of their non-conference opponents twice and each of their conference opponents three times. Mexico City has the highest upside of any potential expansion market. It has been a 30-team league for almost two decades, and if Adam Silver is to be believed, it planned to remain a 30-team league for the foreseeable future. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Seattle's other major advantage? As the league is nothing more than the 30 teams that make it up, the sale price is split evenly among those 30 teams, and because it is not considered basketball-related income, the teams keep every cent of that money for themselves. It infuses cash into the business immediately, but dilutes the long-term earnings for any previous investors. 11) without its own … Broadly speaking, a city needs to hit a few important checkmarks in order to interest the NBA. There are a few ways the league could go about changing that. If a team can succeed in Canada, then theoretically, it could succeed in Mexico. Five years ago, the NBA was in the middle of a valuation boom, but television ratings have since declined and the pandemic has put the league in a vulnerable position. The Mid-Level Exception is based on the average salary in a given year. First, some city in a Podunk cornfield and then Paris, France? Vegas is getting slammed by the coronavirus because it is almost entirely dependent on tourism revenue. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said recently the league may dust off long dormant expansion plans, igniting prospective cities and ownership groups. As teams continue to emphasize shooting, extra franchises mean extra chances for deviation. The league already nearly doubled its line of credit. Seattle fans have made it perfectly clear that they want a team back. They account for an estimated 40 percent of league revenue. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. Even if a vaccine is found, it will take the global economy years afterward to recover to the point at which people will have enough disposable income to travel at prior levels. If one of those cities doesn't want to play ball on a new arena, the NBA can merely point to what happened to Seattle as proof that it isn't bluffing when it threatens to move a team. Kansas Legislature should follow Kelly’s lead on medical marijuana, Medicaid expansion By The Kansas City Star Editorial Board February 01, 2021 03:43 PM Kansas City. Kansas City has a rich basketball history and housed the Kansas City Kings, which relocated to Sacramento, California, in 1985. Typically, the players made available aren't particularly desirable, but occasional gems slip through the cracks. From a report in May 2018, Jarrett Sutton of the SEC Network cited an anonymous NBA executive. With no vaccine in sight, there is no telling when fans will be able to return to arenas. The biggest is the influx of new jobs. Put more simply, adding teams lowers the cap. 9:24 am ET, Harden as a facilitator has propelled Nets' offense, Rookie Rankings: Ball shines in starting lineup, NBA DFS picks, Feb. 5 lineups, stacks, advice, Warriors unlock Draymond, Oubre with small lineups, Clippers vs. Celtics odds, picks, simulations, Nets vs. Raptors odds, picks, simulations, Warriors small lineup unlocks Green, Oubre, Rookie Rankings: Ball shines as a starter, Star Index: Kyrie lets play do the talking, LeBron calls All-Star Game decision 'a slap in the face', Lakers shuts down Nuggets as Horton-Tucker shines, NBA All-Star voting: Durant, LeBron collect most votes, Fox: NBA holding All-Star Game this year is 'stupid'. Steve Ballmer has $50 billion. Where those teams fall geographically means quite a bit. But because national television revenue is shared evenly among all teams, those new teams cut into the income every other team would generate even if they aren't creating more of it. Seattle appears to be a lock for one of the proposed two expansion teams, and Kansas City and Las Vegas are viewed as competing for the second one. It’s … Paris, France. Missouri has a few big ones in its backyard such as Sprint and Anheuser-Busch, but it trails significantly behind Seattle and the Vegas casinos in that way. The downsides, though, are potentially significant. The overarching point is that the union could solve many of the problems new teams would present while also reaping the benefits those extra jobs created. In its third season, an expansion team has the entire salary cap at its disposal. There is no hard-and-fast rule for determining where they select in their inaugural seasons. A grassroots committee has formed in Kansas City, the group pitching T-Mobile Center as … Kansas City. The NBA is a 30-team league. Not only does that mean players have more cities to choose from in free agency, but it creates meaningful stylistic diversity. Loading... Unsubscribe from Blhite? And already, grassroots efforts are underway in Kansas City and Louisville to position their cities as possible landing spots for the NBA. AUSTIN. Players see none of it, and they have no say in whether or not the league can expand. This would appear to be more of a concern under David Stern than it is under Adam Silver, but it's the only major hiccup in a potential Seattle bid. The current system pits each team against their divisional opponents four times, their non-conference opponents twice, and then splits up the remainder of their conference opponents so that they play six of them four times and the remaining four three times. And then there's the matter of the schedule. That impacts players at every level. Armstrong, Rick Mahorn and Walt Bellamy stand out as some of the biggest names ever selected. If the NBA wanted to scrap the CBA-designated method of setting the salary cap in the interest of a short-term alternative, for instance, it would need the players to sign off. Vegas is a relatively small market, beating only New Orleans, Memphis and Oklahoma City in size, but it draws such massive tourism traffic under normal circumstances that filling an arena likely wouldn't be a problem. The Missouri area, notably Kansas City, has been looking to attract an NBA team. The NBA currently has 30 teams. Even now, it makes sense to characterize this scenario as "unlikely." A fully unilateral decision to expand likely wouldn't be well-received. Leagues prefer to keep a deep stable of possible relocation markets in their back pocket to hold over their existing cities. If the average salary declines, the NBA could offset some of the lost Mid-Level salary by raising the ceiling on other forms of the exception, such as the Tax-Payer- and Cap Room-Mid-Level Exceptions. Teams will always prioritize spending their space on better players, so cutting into cap space would likely force lower-level players to accept minimum deals more readily because there just wouldn't be space available. And then there's the invisible cost of leverage. The NBA is absolutely bleeding right now. Kansas City is one of the most underrated sports cities in this country. Even if the league decided tomorrow that it wanted to expand, it would likely need at least a few months to find buyers, and then more than a year to integrate those new teams into the league. The same could theoretically be said of Michael Jordan, as premium sneaker sales are likely to decline sharply as well. The Bobcats were announced roughly 18 months before beginning play, but that time frame does not include what were doubtlessly months of negotiations prior. Yahoo fait partie de Verizon Media. Here are a few facts to consider: Vancouver metro population is 2.6 million. 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