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April 16th, 2014 · No Comments

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Subway: The NOT so Fresh Sandwich Giant…

April 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Another thing I learned upon my recent visit to Arizona was quite disturbing, especially since I’ve once again been sucker-punched by the falic myth of television advertising, not to mention said company’s bombastic slogan of “Eat Fresh!”

So what is this all about you may be asking? Well I was very surprised to be informed that Subway has, and as far as I know is continuing to do so, injecting their “fresh” sandwich buns with plastic; WTF? As one website reports this concoction to be known as Yoga mat glue; Uhm Uhm Good, right?

Subway’s Deception’s (Food Additives)

As the thing that really pisses me off ’bout this sleight of hand by Subway is this constant bombardment of Professional and Olympic athletes telling us to eat fresh and that it’s the official home of where said athlete’s eat, which I now know is utter BULLSHIT!

As this just makes me grimace, since after all how many zillions of times have Y’all heard the NFL and its players singing the song five-dollar foot long’s? As isn’t it GURR-REAT!!! That the NFL’s gotten its money once again - public be damned…

Thus I’ve immediately stopped eating at Subway restaurants - and even if they do change this practice, how will I know that I can ever trust them again?

As the chemical ingredient in question is azodicarbonamide, which has been approved by our government’s FDA, albeit the same chemical is banned from use in foods in the UK, Australia and THE European Union, which somehow the American corporations using it Stateside somehow magically manage to produce the same items abroad without it!

Yet, adding further insult to injury is the fact that Subway isn’t alone in this nefarious practice, as a list of ten companies utilizing the chemical azodicarbonamide - which has been linked to cancer includes: McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Dunkin Doughnuts, Jack in the Box, (which I pretty much quit eating at after their ‘lil ecoli problema…) Arby’s, Carl Jr’s, White castle, (Uhm, Sliders Anyone?) Hardees’s and Chick-fil-A.

Ah, the American way, sponsor the SHIT outta Stick ‘N Ball Sports, Motor Racing or whoever else Yuhs can get to pitch your product - while health & safety remain secondary to the corporation’s bottom lines…

Ten other companies that use Subway Yoga mat Chemical in their buns

With even a Northwest Giant called Starbuck’s getting in on the azodicarbonamide -gravy train, while frozen food giant Sara Lee isn’t immune either…

Yet most disturbing was a McDonald’s spokesperson proclaiming if it’s good enough for our FDA, then we’ll keep using it in our great, tasty products. Uhm, I’ve got Dibbs on the Bathroom!

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Possible Growth for the NBA Development League By: Rob Varon (@RobVaron)

March 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Introduction

As it stands today, there are 17 teams and three divisions in the NBA Development League (NBDL). Of those 17 teams, 14 have single affiliation, leaving three teams to have multi-team affiliationsi. The Bakersfield Jam (@BakersfieldJam) and Iowa Energy (@iowaenergy) are affiliated with five teams, while the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (@TheMadAnts) are affiliated with sixii. This creates an unfair advantage for the 14 NBA teams with single affiliation, due to the fact they can give their prospects playing time in the minor league. If a team such as the Charlotte Bobcats (@bobcats) wants to have a signed second round pick play for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, that player will need to compete for playing time against players assigned from different NBA teams. The Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) have recently said they do not want a single affiliation with the Idaho Stampede (@IdahoStampede) iii. However, I believe it was bad timing and will soon go back to a single affiliation. The NBA and the NBDL have expressed interest in growing the league to where each team has a one to one affiliationiv. Obviously, both leagues are businesses, so for the league to add an addition 13 teams (White Plains plus 12 new teams), it needs to be profitable. I believe for it to be profitable, it needs to be done over the right timetable, the teams need to be placed in the right cities, and the league has to be willing to adjust.

I believe the most important thing for the league to consider is the timetable. I believe it is possible too add 13 teams by the start of the 2024-2025 season. Major League Soccer’s (@MLS) goal is to reach 24 teams by the 2020 seasonv. Using that as a benchmark, my 13 in 11 plan is a realistic one. With it already being 2014, I believe expansion should begin starting in the 2015-2016 season. The league cannot be to anxious to grow or it will surely see problems. Just like there is no 13 point basket, there is no 13 team one year expansion. Besides making for tough logistics, it can also creates problems. If 13 teams are created and six fold in a few years, it will have a huge impact on the league.

Besides not growing to fast or slow, the league needs to consider where it would like to place the teams. I believe the league should look at everything from number of people to the cities view of sports. Some cities are “sports cities” while others are clearly not. To see what makes a good spot for a NBDL team, I wanted to first figure out what made a bad spot.

 

Asheville, North Carolina

The first city that I need to look at is Asheville, North Carolina. From 2001 to 2005, the Asheville Altitude played in the NBDL. During their first two years, they were below .500 (49-67), but the next two seasons they won the championshipvi. Their first championship came against the Huntsville Flight and their second against the Columbus Riverdragonsvii. However, the season after their second championship, they were moved to Bixby, Oklahoma becoming the Tulsa 66ers (@Tulsa66ers)viii. Asheville clearly was not a basketball city, but clearly a baseball city. The Asheville Tourist (@GoTourists), a Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) team, have been playing in the same stadium for 89 years; however, the basketball team only made it fourix. Clearly, something impacted the team’s success. To find out what went wrong, I compared it to three other teams that have folded and two teams that have succeeded.

 

 

 

Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville is the sixth largest city in the state of South Carolinax. During the 2001-2002 season, the Greenville Groove won the NBDL championship. The next year, they saw a decline in record and missed the playoffs. After that, the team foldedxi. Similar to the Altitude, they won a championship and soon folded. Comparing Greensville to Asheville, both cities were under 100,000 citizens. Asheville is closer to 90,000xii while Greensville is closer to 60,000xiii. In addition, both cities had successful baseball teams in the same city. The Greenville Drive (@GreenvilleDrive) have been in Fluor Field for eight years and have established a strong fan basexiv. In addition to basketball failing, both cities had minor league hockey teams that have failed (Asheville Smokexv and Greenville Grrrowlxvi).

 

Broomfield, Colorado

Broomfield is a suburb of the Denver metropolitan areaxvii. From 2006 to 2009, the Colorado 14ers played basketball. Similar to the other two teams, the team won a championship and shortly after relocatedxviii. The team won in the 2008-2009 season and became the Texas Legends the next season. Broomfield like the other cities has less than 100,000 people and had a minor league hockey team failxix. Unlike the other two cities, it did not compete with a baseball team. With both its minor league sports teams folding, they did not have any sports teams left. This meant the city was not a baseball city or a basketball city. It just wasn’t a sports city.

 

Little Rock, Arkansas

The final city I am going to look at is Little Rock, Arkansas. The Arkansas RimRockers played in the NBDL from 2005 to 2007. The team was not able to make the playoffs in either of its seasons and folded soon afterxx. Unlike the other three cities, this city featured around 200,000 peoplexxi. However, similar to Asheville and Greenville, the team needed to compete with a minor league baseball teamxxii. In addition, Little Rock has had minor league hockey teams that have failedxxiii.

 

Erie, Pennsylvania

The first successful city I am going to look at is Erie, Pennsylvania. Since 2008, the Erie BayHawks (@ErieBayHawks) have played at Erie Insurance Arenaxxiv (@ErieInsurArena). Even though the team has not won a championship like the Altitude, Groove, or 14ers, they have been able to remain in the league for six seasons and are still in the league today. Erie has around 100,000 citizens and has been a multiple sport cityxxv. Basketball, hockey, indoor football, and baseball all have teams in the city. Unlike some cities that could not compete with baseball, Erie has found a wayxxvi. Even though the team is losing their single affiliation with the Knicks (@nyknicks), the team is still going to compete in the NBDLxxvii. I believe the best team to get a single affiliation with the Bayhawks is the Charlotte Bobcats (@bobcats). Even though the two teams are far away, teams such as Miami Heat (@MiamiHEAT) showed it could work. In addition, the Bobcats are a young team and would gain a huge advantage from being able to send down their players and know they will have playing timexxviii.

 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Another successful basketball city has been Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Sioux Falls Skyforce (@SFSkyforce) have been a member of the NBDL since 2006. They were previously a team in the CBA, but after the league folded, they took some time off. The team has not won a championship yet, but just recently got a brand new arenaxxix. The city, similar to Erie is able to have multiple teams. They have a baseball team and hockey teamxxx. The city has approximately 160,000 citizensxxxi.

 

After looking at the five cities, I decided to come up with a formula for finding cities that I thought would be great host to future NBDL teams. The first thing I am going to look for is population. After reviewing all of the teams, I found out that four teams play in cities with under 50,000 citizens, four teams play in cities between 50,001 to 99,999 citizens, and nine teams play in cities with 100,000 citizens or more. Thus my first requirement is the city needs at least 50,000 citizens, with 100,000-300,000 being ideal. This can change as the league expands. For the league to expand, it must be gaining popularity. Thus in 5 years, it can go after cities below 50,000 because there will be brand value. My second requirement is the city must already have an arena that is capable of holding a basketball team. Unlike the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, or any other first tier league, the NBDL does not have that large of a following. Thus, it would be hard to ask taxpayers to build a brand new stadium for an expansion team. Even though there are probably cities that would pay, I assumed for this analysis that an arena needed to already be in place. My third rule is that a team cannot be in the same city as a baseball team, if that is the only other sports team. As we learned from previous examples, Minor League Baseball has been able to beat the NBDL if it is one on one competition. My fourth and final rule is that no team can be 20 miles or less away from its NBA affiliate. This may ruin the value of an NBA team if someone decides to go to five NBDL games instead of one NBA game.

 

Expansion

 

2014-2015 Season

For next season, the only thing I would recommend is finding two owners who could financially support a team. In a closed league, it is possible a team may have a negative operating income, but if the value of the team goes up more than the loss between revenues and expenses, the owner “makes money.” Whoever owns the expansion teams needs to be able to support the team if it loses money in its first few yearsxxxii. In addition to searching for owners, a new NBDL team will be entering the league. A team in White Plains (@nyknicksdleague) will become the single affiliate to the New York Knicks. This new team would play in the East Division.

 

2015-2016 Season

This is the first season that features expansion not already planned by the league. I believe the best way to expand is by adding two teams. The first two teams to be added to the league should be from Pensacola, Florida and Everett, Washington. The team from Pensacola will join the Central Division, while the team from Everett would join the West Division. This would bring the league to 20 teams, consisting of 7 in the East, 7 in the Central, and 6 in the West. With 20 teams I would recommend an 8 team playoff where the division winners are guaranteed a playoff birth.

 

Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola, Florida is in the panhandle of Florida. The city has around 52,000 citizensxxxiii and a hockey, woman’s football, and baseball teamxxxiv. The Pensacola Ice Flyers (@PcolaIceFlyers) are a member of the SPHL and play their home games at Pensacola Bay Centerxxxv. In addition, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (@BlueWahoosBBall) have been in the city for two seasons, and by the time 2015 season comes, it will only be fourxxxvi. This is great for the basketball team, because they will not have the same following as if they had been there for 80 years. The Pensacola team would be the affiliate to the Orlando Magic (Orlando_Magic). The Magic have expressed interest in an NBDL team and have asked that it be in Floridaxxxvii. Even though the two teams would be in different time zones, they would be in the same state. The Sioux Falls Skyforce have proven you do not need to be close to your affiliate, but the Magic get what they want with a close Floridian team. The team would begin playing in the Central Division.

 

 

Everett, Washington

Everett, Washington is the seventh largest city (around 100,000 citizens) in the state and about 25 miles north of Seattlexxxviii. Everett is a minor league sports city. The Everett AquaSox (@EverettAquaSox), Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips), and Puget Sound Gunners FC (@seawolvesfc) all play in the cityxxxix. The new team would play at the Comcast Arena at Everett (@ComcastArena), which is capable of holding a professional basketball teamxl. Everett would be a great host for a new team because of its culture and its location. Even though they would be competing with the other three teams, I believe the fans would also be loyal to a new minor league basketball team. With it being close to Seattle, there will be fans willing to make the drive so that they can watch professional basketball. I believe the team best served for the Everett team would be the Phoenix Suns (@Suns). This new team would play in the West Division.

 

2016-2017 Season

Similar to 2014-2015, this season should be used to secure ownership. With more expansion coming in the next year it is important to find the right groups. It cannot be mentioned enough how important ownership is in creating a great league. One bad owner can single handily ruin the league. In addition, the league should begin understanding the new logistics for a significantly larger league.

 

2017-2018 Season

This season features the most change of any in my proposed 11 year plan. For this season, three new expansion teams will join the league (total of 23 teams). The logistics of the league change dramatically as the league shifts from a three division league to a five division league. The five new divisions will be the Atlantic, the Great Lakes, the Midwest, the South, and the Pacific. Three divisions will have four teams, one division will have five teams, and one division will have six teams.

 

Atlantic – Norfolk (Virginia), Maine Red Claws (@maineredclaws), Springfield Armor (@ArmorHoops), Delaware 87ers (@Sevens), and White Plaines

Great Lakes – Toledo (Ohio), Canton Charge (@CantonCharge), Erie BayHawks, and Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Midwest – Omaha (Nebraska), Sioux Falls Skyforce, Iowa Energy, and Pensacola

South – Austin Toros (@austintoros), Texas Legends (@TexasLegends), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (@rgvvipers), and Tulsa 66’ers

Pacific – Everett, Bakersfield Jam, Idaho Stampede, Los Angeles D-Fenders (@DFenders), Reno Bighorns (@renobighorns), and Santa Cruz Warriors (@DLeagueWarriors)

 

With 23 teams, the league should remain with 12 teams in the playoffs. Each division will have the winner get an automatic bid as well as seven wild card teams. Of the five division winners, the four with the best record get a bye in the first round. Another change required would be the NBDL Draft. With six more teams than there are today, the draft should consider moving to a five round draft. That would make for 115 picks.

 

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska is would be the largest city to host an NBDL team if selected for expansion. The city has around 408,000 people living there and has been a sports cityxli. From 1972-1975, there was a team called the Kansas City – Omaha Kings. They would later go on to become the Sacramento Kingsxlii. Omaha host many sports teams including the Omaha Storm Chasersxliii (@OMAStormChasers) and the Omaha Lancersxliv (@OmahaLancers). The city has three arenas that would be able to host an expansion team. There is Ralston Arenaxlv (@ralston_arena), which holds around 4,500 people, Omaha Civic Auditoriumxlvi, which holds around 9,300 people, and CenturyLink Center Omaha (@centurylinkoma), which holds around 18,000 peoplexlvii. I would recommend starting at Ralston Arena because from the owners perspective, there is less involved. They wouldn’t have to pay as much for rent, and if they are selling out, they can move to one of the larger arenas. The team in Omaha would be the single affiliate to the Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks).

 

Toledo, Ohio

Toledo is one of the largest cities in the state of Ohio and would be a great fit for an NBDL team. Similar to Omaha, it is a large city in regards to number of people. The city has around 287,000 people in the cityxlviii. Currently, the Toledo Walleye (@ToledoWalleye) of the ECHLxlix and the Toledo Mud Hens (@MudHens) of MiLB play in the cityl. The Mud Hens have been valued as one of the most valuable teams in MiLB and I believe an NBDL team could see success in the same cityli. The team would play at the Huntington Center in Toledo (@Huntington_Ctr). The arena holds approximately 8,000 people for basketballlii. Due to its location, it would be the single affiliate to the Detroit Pistons (@DetriotPistons). It would also become the second NBDL team in the state of Ohio (Canton Charge). There is a lot of money to be made for a team in Toledo if done right.

 

Norfolk, Virginia

Similar to the other two cities, Norfolk is a large city in the state of Virginia. There is around 242,000 people living in the cityliii. Norfolk is home to two minor league teams, the Norfolk Tidesliv (@NorfolkTides) of MiLB and the Norfolk Admirals (@NorfolkAdmirals) of the AHLlv. The team would have two options for arenas. They could choose either Norfolk Scopelvi or the Constant Centerlvii (@ConstantCenter). Norfolk Scope is home to the Admirals and hold around 10,000 people for basketballlviii. The other option is the Constant Center, which is used by Old Dominion. The Constant Center is slightly smaller, but has been voted as one of the best arenas that hold under 10,000 peoplelix. I would recommend the Constant Center. Since teams in the southeast have not done well up to now, and it will take a lot to build a successful team. By adding a quality arena, it makes it a more valuable experience for fans. The concept of playing in a college arena has worked, seeing as the Delaware 87ers play in the same arena as the University of Delaware Blue Henslx. This new team would be the single affiliate to the Washington Wizards (@WashWizards).

For the Norfolk team to be successful it needs a very rich owner. Since the team will have to travel a lot for divisional games, the expenses will add up. Due to their southern location, they will have to fly instead of taking day long bus trips. When you add in the hotel expenses, they will probably have the largest operating expenses of any team besides Everett. If the owner can sustains a few years of losses, it would be huge for the league because it would prove that teams in the south can work. It is important that the owner of the team does not sell ownership in the team because that looks bad for the league if they fold.

 

 

2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Seasons

These 2 seasons, along with last season, should be used to observe if this new five division system works. Some things that should be observed is whether Norfolk can handle the large traveling expenses, are they filling their seats, and if so, what are the demographics and psychographics. In addition to Norfolk, the league should look at every team. Everett, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Maine Red Claws all would have large travel expenses. For the league to truly work, teams need to be able to bring in enough revenue that they can near/cover/exceed their expenses. Having a small negative operating income is not the worst thing if the value of the league increases. Ideally, each team would be profitable, but that is harder said than done.

At the end of the 2018-2019 season, the league should decide if they want to continue expanding or remain at 23 teams. If the money makes sense, the league should find four new owners for the 2020-2021 season. If the money does not make sense, the league should find new ways to add profit to each team before it expands.

 

2020-2021 Season

If the league decides to expand, I believe adding four teams would be the right move. This would make it the largest expansion in the proposed plan, but there is not as much change as the 2017-2018 season. In addition, the league had the most amount of time to work on finding owners. Instead of one gap year, there were two. Most of the logistics stay the same. There will still be the same five divisions. In this expansion, the Pacific and Atlantic Division would have six teams, while the other three divisions each have five. The only team to move is Pensacola, which moves from the Midwest Division to the South Division. I believe at this point, there should still be 12 playoff teams. In addition, with the extra teams, the NBDL draft should move from five rounds to four rounds (108 picks)

 

Atlantic – Norfolk, Maine Red Claws, Springfield Armor, Delaware 87ers, White Plains Augusta (Georgia)

Great Lakes – Toledo, Canton Charge, Erie BayHawks, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, and Cincinnati (Ohio)

Midwest – Omaha, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Iowa Energy, Independence (Missouri), and Topeka (Kansas)

South – Austin Toros, Texas Legends, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Tulsa 66’ers, and Pensacola

Pacific – Everett, Bakersfield Jam, Idaho Stampede, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Reno Big Horns, and Santa Cruz Warriors

 

Augusta, Georgia

Even though Augusta may be most know for The Master golf tournament, Augusta has other sportslxi. The two main teams in the city are the Augusta GreenJacketslxii (@GreenJackets) of the MiLB and the Augusta Riverhawks (@AugRiverhawks) of the SPHLlxiii. The Riverhawks are not playing this season due to the James Brown Arena’s (@BackstageJames) icelxiv. However, the arena could hold around 7,200 people for basketballlxv. The city with its nearly 200,000 citizens should be able to fill up the arenalxvi. The one potential issue with Augusta is they would have a far distance to travel. With Portland, Maine being in the same division, it makes for an expensive trip. The team will be tested early with high travel expenses, but I believe due to Augusta’s sports culture, it could become a profitable member of the NBDL. The team in Augusta would be the single affiliate to the Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks).

 

Cincinnati, Ohio

Joining Toledo and Canton, the team in Cincinnati would be the third NBDL team in the state of Ohio. It would be in the Great Lakes Division with the other teams from the state. The city has around 297,000 citizens and is in the top 65 largest cities in the United Stateslxvii. An NBDL team wishing to be built here would have to compete with one MLB team, one NFL team, and other minor league teamslxviii. However, there is no professional basketball team in the city. A team’s main basketball competition would be the University of Cincinnati’s basketball team. Even though there is competition, basketball fans in the city will now have a team to visit without going to Cavaliers’ (@cavs) games. The team would play at U.S. Bank Arena (@USBankArena), which holds around 17,000 people for basketballlxix. The arena has already proven it could maintain a basketball arena, due to the fact the Cavaliers have held preseason games therelxx. This team would be the single affiliate to the Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls). Some people may think that Iowa should be the single affiliate to the Bulls. With the Iowa Cubs (@IowaCubs) playing in Des Moines, there is already a relationship between the citieslxxi. However, if they don’t like the Cubs they won’t want to support the Bulls. So, new city has new chances.

 

Independence, Missouri

Independence, Missouri is a satellite city of Kansas City (Missouri), and has around 117,000 citizenslxxii. Unlike some of the other expansion cities, Independence does not have the same sports culture. Instead of having a hockey team and a Minor League Baseball team, the city only has a minor league hockey team. Currently the Missouri Mavericks (@MissouriMavs) play in Independencelxxiii. The team would play its games at the Independence Events Center (@IndEventsCtr) lxxiv. The arena has not hosted basketball before, but should be a simple procedure to change from a hockey arena to a basketball arenalxxv. One of the most important aspects of this team will be its rivalry with the expansion team from Topeka, Kansas. The new team in Independence would be the single affiliate of the Memphis Grizzles (@memgrizz).

 

Topeka, Kansas

The second expansion team in the Midwest Division would be in Topeka, Kansas. The city has around 128,000 citizens and has a few sports teamslxxvi. Similar to the Independence team, there is no minor league baseball team to compete with. There is a collegiate summer baseball team, but none in the MiLBlxxvii. The Topeka Roadrunners (@topekahockey) of the NAHL are the most popular hockey team in the citylxxviii. The new expansion team would join them and play at Landon Arena, also known as the Kansas Expocentre (@KsExpo) lxxix. Landon Arena is only 73 minutes away by car from the Independence Events Center, hopefully creating an instant rivalry between the two teamslxxx. Both teams would profit off this because the rivalry makes it an easy selling pointlxxxi. The team in Topeka would be the single affiliate to the Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets).

 

 

2021-2022 Season

With the league at 27 teams, I believe two more expansions would be needed. One team the following season, a gap year, and then the final two teams. If the four expansion teams from the previous season are successful, I believe that would lead to the expansion of final three teams. The 2020-2021 season would prove that teams can travel long distances and still make money.

 

2022-2023 Season

This will be the second to last expansion and will feature one new team joining the league. This expansion would feature a team from Youngstown, Ohio joining the Great Lakes Division. With this addition, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants become the single affiliate to the Indianapolis Pacers (@Pacers). With 28 teams, the Pacific Division, Great Lakes Division, and Atlantic Division would have six teams, while the South and Midwest would have five teams. Like the previous expansion, I believe the draft should remain at four rounds and the playoffs should remain at 12 teams.

 

Atlantic – Norfolk, Maine Red Claws, Springfield Armor, Delaware 87ers, Augusta, and White Plaines

Great Lakes – Toledo, Canton Charge, Erie BayHawks, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Cincinnati, and Youngstown (Ohio)

Midwest – Omaha, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Iowa Energy, Independence, and Topeka

South – Austin Toros, Texas Legends, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Tulsa 66’ers, and Pensacola

Pacific – Everett, Bakersfield Jam, Idaho Stampede, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Reno Big Horns, and Santa Cruz Warriors

 

Youngstown, Ohio

Youngstown becomes the fourth and final NBDL team in the state of Ohio. The city has around 65,000 people living therelxxxii. Currently, the Youngstown Phantoms (@YtownPhantoms) of the USHL play hockey at the Covelli Centre (@CovelliCentre1) lxxxiii. The arena holds around 5,900 people for basketball, which is one of the smaller arenas for the 13 expansion teamslxxxiv. This new team would play with the other teams in the state and have a rivalry to see who could win the division and the state. It is possible a team outside of Ohio could win, but there will still be pride in being the best team from the state. Youngstown’s team would be the single affiliate to the Toronto Raptors (@Raptors). The team in Youngstown would be the sixth and final member of Great Lakes Division.

 

 

2023-2024 Season

For the last time, the league needs to secure owners for the final expansion. It will be important for the league to reach 30 teams soon because at 28, four teams are severely hurt by not having a single affiliate. I believe after there are 30 NBDL for 30 NBA teams, the NBDL will not only help the NBA, but the value of the league will raise dramatically.

 

2024-2025 Season

For the last time, the league will expand. It will add two teams, one to the Midwest Division and one to the South Division. The league will have 30 teams, made up of the same five divisions. With the new teams getting single affiliates, the Bakersfield Jam becomes the single affiliate of the Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers). Then the Iowa Energy becomes the single affiliate to the Minnesota Timberwolves (@MNTimberwolves). I believe with 30 teams, the league can finally move to a 16 team playoff. The top three teams from every division, plus one wild card. In addition, to make the games more important, the teams choose who they play. The first overall seed can pick any of the other 15 seeds to play including a division winner. Then, the next highest available team chooses. This makes for instant rivalry games each week. The draft will remain with four round for a total of 120 picks. In addition, with each division being equal at six teams, there should be trophies for the winner of each division.

 

Atlantic – Norfolk, Maine Red Claws, Springfield Armor, Delaware 87ers, Augusta, White Plains

Great Lakes – Toledo, Canton Charge, Erie BayHawks, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Cincinnati, and Youngstown

Midwest – Omaha, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Iowa Energy, Independence, Topeka, and Casper (Wyoming)

South – Austin Toros, Texas Legends, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Tulsa 66’ers, Pensacola, and Bossier City (Louisiana)

Pacific – Everett, Bakersfield Jam, Idaho Stampede, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Reno Big Horns, and Santa Cruz Warriors

 

Casper, Wyoming

One of the final two expansion teams is in Casper, Wyoming. The city is on the smaller side with around 57,000 people, and I believe it can become a great NBDL citylxxxv. Unlike most of the other teams, there is no minor league hockey team in the city. However, there is also no other major minor league baseball team there either. The main team in the city is the Wyoming Cavalry, which is an indoor football teamlxxxvi. The new expansion team would compete in the Casper Events Center (@casperevents). Even though the arena has been used more for rodeos, than basketballlxxxvii, it should be able to become a basketball arena with little charge to the taxpayerslxxxviii. The one main disadvantage to the team in Casper is they would have to travel more distance than any other team in the Midwest Division. There is no NBDL team near them and fans from other cities near by should come to games. The team would become the single affiliate to the Utah Jazz (@utahjazz).

 

Bossier City, Louisiana

The other team in last stage of expansion would be in Bossier City, Louisiana. The city has around 65,000 people and is usually considered part of the Bossier-Shreveport arealxxxix. Bossier City is another one of the risker cities to get an expansion team. The Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs played in the CHL and folded in 2011 after winning the championshipxc. The city also had its AFL team fold in 2010xci. With the risk, comes the potential for great reward. Already in the city is the CenturyLink Center (@CenturyLinkCtr) xcii. There is a great basketball arena in place, which will enhance the experience for the fans. Even though teams have failed in the city, the league will be significantly larger than it is in 2014. The league will have a larger following and teams in this area will want a team to root for. This team would the single affiliate to the New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA). With it being in the same state, there will be Pelicans fans who want to support their NBDL team.

 

 

Conclusion

Creating an 11 year plan is always tough to project accurately. Within the next 11 years, we will have at least one new president and possibly two. It is tough to predict the economy and the growth of the United States. It is not unrealistic for a city to experience mass growth. A city such as Casper, Wyoming could go from around 55,000 people to 85,000 people in the next 11 years. Though such a dramatic change seems unrealistic today, it is clearly a possibility. With that being said, I believe my model will be an effective guide for the NBDL when considering expansion cities. There is no guaranteed formula, but making educated guesses is what the league needs. In my 30 team league, each division has some positives and some negatives, but in all cases the positives outweigh the negative.

 

Atlantic Division

The Atlantic Division is made up of Norfolk, Maine Red Claws, Springfield Armor, Delaware 87ers, Augusta, and White Plains. This division is probably the biggest indicator of the league. It would be the only division with a team in the southeast (I’m categorizing Pensacola as Mid-South), and has the no teams that are generally close to each other. The NBDL has not done well in the southeast and if they are able to put teams in Augusta and Norfolk, then it means the league has gained new followers. This division needs to establish a strong rivalry for it to truly cherish. I think a Delaware-White Plains rivalry could work. They were put in the league only one year apart and are relatively close to each other.

 

Great Lakes Division

The Great Lakes Division is made up of Toledo, Canton Charge, Erie BayHawks, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Cincinnati, and Youngstown. This division is dependent on building strong rivalries. With two-thirds of the league being based in Ohio, the teams will fight for state dominance. Erie and Fort Wayne will also be competing to prove they are better than the four Ohioan teams. The division should have the lowest expenses because all of their in division travel can be done by bus. With no need for flights during division games, the team can charge slightly less for tickets, and attract more fans. This division will succeed if fans from their respective city come to games. Unlike other teams, they can’t depend on fans from other cities in the state.

 

Midwest Division

The Midwest Division is made up of Omaha, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Iowa Energy, Independence, Topeka, and Casper. Similar to the Great Lakes Division, there are numerous rivalries built in. Independence and Topeka are close to each other and Iowa and Omaha are close to each other. With two different rivalries the teams should expect high attendance for numerous games. Casper is the riskiest team in this division. There is no team close to them, with the closest team (Skyforce) being 550 miles away. If they could get strong attendance, then it proves teams with smaller markets could succeed.

 

South Division

The South Division is made up of Austin Toros, Texas Legends, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Tulsa 66’ers, Pensacola, and Bossier City. This division, similar to the West Division gets the success of being older teams. Austin, Texas, Rio Grande Valley, and Tulsa are already in the league, while Pensacola would be one of the first two expansion teams. Five of the six teams would have a proven concept and long rivalries already in place. In addition, travel expenses won’t be too high with three teams in Texas, two border Texas, and one is in the panhandle of Florida. This division will know very early on if they will succeed as a division.

 

Pacific Division

The Pacific Division is made up of Everett, Bakersfield Jam, Idaho Stampede, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Reno Big Horns, and Santa Cruz Warriors. This division has the luxury of never changing after the first expansion. Of the six teams, five are already in the league. Then, Everett is the expansion team that I believe is most likely to succeed based on the sports culture and proximity to Seattle. Even when the league switches from three divisions to five, the Pacific Division never changes. While the division faces high travel expenses, the teams have already built a large fan base.

 

With each division having so many strengths, I know this five division league could be successful. The league is better for both fans and the NBA. Each NBA team now can send players down and know they will have playing time, while fans now have more teams to root for. The league also has numerous rivalries, which are always good for the league and teams. The NBDL has shown great potential in the last few years, but the time for expansion and single affiliation is now.

 

i “The Official Site of the NBA Development League.” The Home of NBA Prospects. NBA, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.nba.com/dleague/>.

 

 

ii “The Official Site of the NBA Development League.” The Home of NBA Prospects. NBA, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.nba.com/dleague/>.

 

 

iii Murphy, Brian. “Sports.” BOISE: NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers end agreement with D-League Idaho Stampede. Idaho Statesman, 27 Feb. 2014. Web. 1 Mar. 2014. <http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/02/27/3053102/portland-trail-blazers-end-agreement.html>.

 

 

iv Schlosser , Keith. “NBA D-League President Dan Reed Discusses Potential Expansion, Progress, and Promising Times.” Ridiculous Upside. SB Nation, 8 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2014/1/8/5288406/nba-d-league-president-dan-reed-interview-showcase-expansion-progress>.

 

 

v Becker, Josie. “MLS Names Possible Expansion Targets for 2020.” LAG Confidential. SB Nation, 3 Dec. 2013. Web. 8 Jan. 2014. <http://www.lagconfidential.com/2013/12/3/5171912/mls-names-possible-expansion-targets-for-2020>.

 

 

vi “2004-05 Asheville Altitude Stats.” Basketball-Reference.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.basketball-reference.com/nbdl/teams/ASH/2005.html>

 

 

vii Schlosser , Keith. “NBA D-League President Dan Reed Discusses Potential Expansion, Progress, and Promising Times.” Ridiculous Upside. SB Nation, 8 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2014/1/8/5288406/nba-d-league-president-dan-reed-interview-showcase-expansion-progress>.

 

 

viii Mayberry, Darnell. “OKC’s NBA franchise buys Tulsa’s D-League team.” Sports. NewsOK.com, 1 Aug. 2008. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://newsok.com/okcs-nba-franchise-buys-tulsas-d-league-team/article/3277505/?tm=1217566194>.

 

 

ix Ballew, Bill. “History of McCormick Field.” Asheville Tourist. N.p., 19 Nov. 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20131119&content_id=64045212&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t573&sid=t573>.

 

 

x “Biggest Cities South Carolina.” South Carolina - Largest Cities. GeoNames, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.geonames.org/US/SC/largest-cities-in-south-carolina.html>.

 

 

xi “NBDL contracts Groove, Revelers .” Pro Basketball. Sports Basketball, 13 June 2003. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/news/2003/06/13/nbdl_changes_ap/>.

 

 

xii “Asheville, North Carolina.” Profile. City Data, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.city-data.com/city/Asheville-North-Carolina.html>.

 

 

xiii “Biggest Cities South Carolina.” South Carolina - Largest Cities. GeoNames, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.geonames.org/US/SC/largest-cities-in-south-carolina.html>.

 

 

xiv “Fluor Field/Greenville Drive.” Ballpark Digest. N.p., 4 Jan. 2009. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.ballparkdigest.com/200901041220/minor-league-baseball/visits/fluor-field-greenville-drive>.

 

 

xv “Asheville Smoke.” Our Sports Central. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.oursportscentral.com/sports/?t_id=273>.

 

 

xvi Kantowski, Ron. “Economy thins ECHL’s ice.” Attendance at minor league hockey games is down, and two teams are no more. Las Vegas Sun, 14 Jan. 2009. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jan/14/economy-thins-echls-ice/>.

 

 

xvii “Broomfield, Colorado.” Profile. City Date, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.city-data.com/city/Broomfield-Colorado.html>.

 

 

xviii “Colorado 14ers moving to Frisco.” NBA. ESPN, 18 June 2009. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4270550>.

 

 

xix “Rocky Mountain Suspends Operations for 2009-10.” News. N.p., 18 June 2009. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.hockeyfights.com/news/122751>.

 

 

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xxi “Little Rock, Arkansas.” Profile. City Data, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.city-data.com/city/Little-Rock-Arkansas.html>.

 

 

xxii “The Official Site of The Arkansas Travelers.” Arkansas Travelers. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t574>.

 

 

xxiii “Arkansas RiverBlades to Relocate or be Sold.” Our Sports Central. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=1997556>.

 

 

xxiv “NBA Development League Expands to Erie, Pennsylvania.” NBA.com. N.p., 18 Mar. 2008. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.nba.com/dleague/erie/expansion_080318.html>.

 

 

xxv “Erie, Pennsylvania.” Profile. City Data., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.city-data.com/city/Erie-Pennsylvania.html>.

 

 

xxvi “Erie Sports Teams & Organizations.” Erie. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.erie.worldweb.com/BusinessIndex/SportsTeamsOrganizations/>.

 

 

xxvii Schlosser, Keith. “New York Knicks To Own and Operate Their Own Team in NBA D-League.” Ridiculous Upside. N.p., 26 Feb. 2014. Web. 1 Mar. 2014. <http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2014/2/26/5451308/new-york-knicks-to-own-and-operate-their-own-team-in-nba-d-league>.

 

 

xxviii Warner, Tucker. “2014 First-Round Draft Pick Status.” Rufus on Fire. N.p., 28 Nov. 2013. Web. 1 Mar. 2014. <http://www.rufusonfire.com/2013/11/28/5150338/2014-first-round-draft-pick-status>.

 

 

xxix “NBA Development League: Team History.” NBDL. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.nba.com/dleague/siouxfalls/team_history.html>.

 

 

xxx “South Dakota Sports Teams.” South Dakota. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.50states.com/sports/sdakota.htm#.UvacAKXhrG4>.

 

 

xxxi “Sioux Falls QuickFacts.” US Census Bureau. N.p., 7 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/46/4659020.html>.

 

 

xxxii Ziller, Tom. “Even If NBA Teams Are Rich Men’s Toys, Profitability Is A Reasonable Aim - SBNation.com.” The Hook. SB Nation, 23 Aug. 2011. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2011/8/23/2378752/nba-lockout-2011-malcolm-gladwell-owners-the-hook>.

 

 

xxxiii “Pensacola, Florida.” Profile. City Data, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.city-data.com/city/Pensacola-Florida.html>.

 

 

xxxiv “Pensacola Professional Sports.” Sports. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://pensacola-florida.com/sports.html>.

 

 

xxxv “Pensacola Ice Flyers.” SPHL Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.pensacolaiceflyers.com/home.php>.

 

 

xxxvi “The Official Site of The Pensacola Blue Wahoos | bluewahoos.com Homepage.” Pensacola Blue Wahoos. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2014. <http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t4124>.

 

 

xxxvii Feldman, Dan. “Magic want D-League team in Jacksonville, Pistons want one somewhere.” Basketball. NBC, 9 Oct. 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/09/magic-want-d-league-team-in-jacksonville-pistons-want-one-somewhere/>.

 

 

xxxviii “Biggest Cities Washington, United States.” Washington - Largest Cities. Geo Names, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.geonames.org/US/WA/largest-cities-in-washington.html>.

 

 

xxxix “Everett Sports Teams & Organizations.” Business Index. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.everett-wa.worldweb.com/BusinessIndex/SportsTeamsOrganizations/>.

 

 

xl“Comcast Arena.” Premium Seating. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.comcastarenaeverett.com/PremiumSeating.ashx?p=1100>.

 

 

xli“Omaha, Nebraska.” Profile. City Data, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.city-data.com/city/Omaha-Nebraska.html>.

 

 

xlii“History of the Sacramento Kings.” Sacramento Kings. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.nba.com/kings/history/team_history.html>.

 

 

xliii“The Official Site of The Omaha Storm Chasers.” Omaha Storm Chasers. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t541>.

 

 

xliv“Omaha Lancers.” USHL Team. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.lancers.com/leagues/front_pageLancers.cfm?clientid=1996&leagueid=4581>.

 

 

xlv“Arena Info.” Ralston Arena. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.ralstonarena.com/arena-info>.

 

 

xlvi“Omaha Civic Auditorium.” News. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2014. <http://www.omahacivic.com/Information/News.aspx>.

 

 

xlvii“CenturyLink Center Omaha.” News. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.centurylinkcenteromaha.com/Information/News.aspx>.

 

 

xlviii“Biggest Cities Ohio, United States.” Ohio - Largest Cities. Geo Names, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.geonames.org/US/OH/largest-cities-in-ohio.html>.

 

 

xlix“Official Website of the Toledo Walleye.” Toledo Walleye. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.toledowalleye.com>.

 

 

l“The Official Site of The Toledo Mud Hens.” Toledo Mud Hens. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Jan. 2014. <http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t512>.

 

 

liSmith, Chris. “Minor League Baseball’s Most Valuable Teams.” Sports Money. Forbes Magazine, 17 July 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2013/07/17/minor-league-baseballs-most-valuable-teams/>.

 

 

lii“Huntington Center.” About . N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.huntingtoncentertoledo.com/about/>.

 

 

liii“Biggest Cities Virginia, United States.” Virginia - Largest Cities. Geo Names, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.geonames.org/US/VA/largest-cities-in-virginia.html>.

 

 

liv“The Official Site of The Norfolk Tides.” Norfolk Tides. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t568>.

 

 

lv“Norfolk Admirals Official Website.” Norfolk Admirals. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.norfolkadmirals.com>.

 

 

lvi“Seven Venues.” Norfolk Scope. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.sevenvenues.com/about/history/scope>.

 

 

lvii“Ted Constant Center Convocation Center.” About. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.constantcenter.com/arena_info>.

 

 

lviii“Seven Venues.” Norfolk Scope. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.sevenvenues.com/about/history/scope>.

 

 

lix“Ted Constant Center Ranks Top 10 In World.” Ted Constant Convocation Center. N.p., 13 Jan. 2012. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.constantcenter.com/news/detail/ted-constant-center-ranks-top-10-in-world>.

 

 

lx“Welcome to The Bob.” Arena Info. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.nba.com/dleague/delaware/arenainfo.html>.

 

 

lxi“Things to do in Augusta, GA.” About Augusta. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.10best.com/destinations/georgia/augusta/>.

 

 

lxii“The Official Site of The Augusta GreenJackets.” Augusta GreenJackets. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t478>.

 

 

lxiii“Augusta Riverhawk.” SPHL Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://augustariverhawks.pointstreaksites.com/view/augustariverhawks#.UvhMrqXhrG4>.

 

 

lxivLee, David. “Augusta RiverHawks Ponder Options During Season Off.” Sports. The Augusta Chronicle, 20 Oct. 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/hockey/riverhawks/2013-10-20/augusta-riverhawks-ponder-options-during-season>.

 

 

lxv“James Brown Arena.” Augusta, Georgia. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com/calendar/detail.php?id=722>.

 

 

lxvi“Augusta.” Georgia. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://georgia.gov/cities-counties/augusta>.

 

 

lxvii“Largest US Cities By Population.” Top 100 Largest Cities In The US. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.biggestuscities.com>.

 

 

lxviii“Cincinnati Sports, Leagues and Teams.” The Online Guide to Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Atlas, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.ecincinnati.com/entertainment/sports/>.

 

 

lxix“U.S. Bank Arena.” Seating Info. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.usbankarena.com/seating?seating_id=2#seatingChartViewer>.

 

 

lxxFinnan, Bob. “Cleveland Cavaliers Release Preseason Schedule.” News. The Morning Journal, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20130709/cleveland-cavaliers-release-preseason-schedule>.

 

 

lxxi“The Official Site of The Iowa Cubs.” Iowa Cubs. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t451>.

 

 

lxxii“Independence QuickFacts ” US Census Bureau. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/29/2935000.html>

 

 

lxxiii“Missouri Mavericks.” Official Website of the Missouri Mavericks. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.missourimavericks.com>.

 

 

lxxiv“Independence Events Center.” About Us. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.independenceeventscenter.com/about-us>.

 

 

lxxv“How Hockey and Basketball Can Fit in the Same Arena Field?.” Scoreboards. Electro-Mech, 27 Aug. 2009. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. <http://www.electro-mech.com/team-sports/hockey/how-hockey-and-basketball-can-fit-in-the-same-arena-field/>.

 

 

lxxvi“Topeka QuickFacts” US Census Bureau. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/20/2071000.html>.

 

 

lxxvii“Summer Classic Teams, Rosters And Schedule Released.” Sports. N.p., 5 July 2010. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.wibw.com/sports/headlines/97811464.html>.

 

 

lxxviii“Topeka Roadrunners.” NAHL Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.topekaroadrunners.com>.

 

 

lxxix“Landon Arena.” Kansas Expocentre. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.ksexpo.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92&Itemid=224>.

 

 

lxxx“Kansas Expocentre to Independence Events Center.” Maps. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Kansas+Expocentre,+Expocentre+Drive,+Topeka,+KS&daddr=Independence+Events+Center,+East+Valley+View+Parkway,+Independence,+MO&hl=en&sll=39.04817,-95.019936&sspn=0.680441,1.454315&geocode=FeGeUwIdKvdL-iFTgHYmLMO9FimVhQQAIQO_hzFTgHYmLMO9Fg%3BFbSwUwId2Ddg-iGZ4oKe6t5L2ilxb2xhAh3BhzGZ4oKe6t5L2g&oq=Independence+Events+Center&mra=ls&t=m&z=10>.

 

 

lxxxiPalmer, Brian. “How Much Is a Sports Rivalry Worth?.” Rivalries. Slate Magazine, 2 Aug. 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.slate.com/articles/business/rivalries/2013/08/sports_rivalries_the_economics_of_crosstown_hatred.html>.

 

 

lxxxii“Youngstown, Ohio.” Profile. City Data, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.city-data.com/city/Youngstown-Ohio.html>.

 

 

lxxxiii“Covelli Centre Arena Map.” Youngstown Phantoms. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/covelli-centre-arena-map/>.

 

 

lxxxiv“About The Covelli Centre.” Covelli Centre. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.covellicentre.com/about-the-covelli-centre/>.

 

 

lxxxv“Casper, Wyoming.” Profile. City Data, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.city-data.com/city/Casper-Wyoming.html>.

 

 

lxxxvi“It’s Not Just a Game…It’s an EXPERIENCE!.” Wyoming Cavalry. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.wyomingcavalry.com>.

 

 

lxxxvii“Casper Events Center.” About Us. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.caspereventscenter.com/center-information/about-us>.

 

 

lxxxviii“How Hockey and Basketball Can Fit in the Same Arena Field?.” Scoreboards. Electro-Mech, 27 Aug. 2009. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. <http://www.electro-mech.com/team-sports/hockey/how-hockey-and-basketball-can-fit-in-the-same-arena-field/>.

 

 

lxxxix“Bossier City, Louisiana.” Profile. City Data, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.city-data.com/city/Bossier-City-Louisiana.html>.

 

 

xcTom. “OHL Grad Is A Maverick After Mudbugs Fold.” OHL Alumni Central. N.p., 24 Aug. 2011. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.ohlalumnicentral.com/david-pszenyczny-missouri-mavericks/>.

 

 

xci“Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings.” Team History. Arena Fan, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=history&team=78>.

 

 

xcii“”The Official Website of the CenturyLink Center.” CenturyLink Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.centurylinkcenter.com>.

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If you wish to contact the Author of this story: (Rob Varon), twitter handle (@RobVaron), “a junior at New York University”, and they can reach me by email at (robert.varon@nyu.edu).

 

 

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What Happens in Arizona Stays in Arizona?

March 13th, 2014 · No Comments

First of all I was very happy to hear upon my landing at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Int’l Airport that the mob of Seattle residents wishing to escape the dreariness of the Pacific Northwest were awash in various Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Champions wares, mostly T-shirts I’m told!

Thus upon returning from a very pleasant vacation outing to The Valley of the Sun, I found the news of Richie “BULLIES R-US!” Incognito’s latest tirade somewhat amusing since after all it was his own car, but then again it surely doesn’t help him any in his continuous ratings about being innocent in regards to the Miami Dolphins tawdry “Gullygate” scandal! As surely Y’all know ’bout the John Martin Bullying incident which leaves a black eye upon the Dolphins franchise.

Sitting down to scroll thru my various newspaper sources for potential Sportyblog stories I came upon the report that in a bizarre fit ‘O rage, ex-Miami Dolphins football player Richie Incognito had taken a baseball bat to the front fascia of his reported $300k Ferrari in Scottsdale, Arizona - where I’d just been on Holiday - as the report notes that neither Incognito or defaced Ferrari were present when police dropped by and that later he confessed to them during their inquiry if he wanted to file a criminal report?

Richie Incognito smashes own car with bat

And I suppose it’s better late than never, but! Unfortunately I have to be a tad bit skeptical towards Incognito’s latest move to now seek professional mental help over his past issues, which seems to be a positive “PR-spin” move to Mwah… Although I hope it does actually help him.

Miami Dolphins lineman seeking help for mental health issues

And the hits just keep on coming as next I read about ex-NFL Safety Darren Sharper who’d turned himself into Los Angeles police after arrest warrants had been issued for him and an accomplice regarding a New Orleans rape case. As ironically Sharper is being investigated in other sexual misconduct improprieties in Florida, Nevada and Arizona, all of which makes me wonder is it the Heat or what?

Ex-NFL Safety Sharper surrenders in Los Angeles

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Sochi or Bust? Not for this Scribe…

February 21st, 2014 · No Comments

In what’s becoming a reoccurring theme for Mwah, once again I’m Boycotting watching any of the COMMERCIALYMPICS on TV this winter, since after all, isn’t it absolutely amazing how all of the Pre-Sochi Winter Olympics rhetoric over Mother Russia’s benevolent leader Vladimir Putin and his Draconian measures of plunging his country into a historically Homophobic state have politely “Wink-Wink, Nudge-Nudge” been swept underneath the rug, not to mention the arrests of Environmentalist condemning the plight of wreckage the Sochi winter games have caused, and that’s not even including the residents of Sochi whom continue living in squalor, many still lacking their own working toilets!

On a lighter note, albeit just as pathetic were the many stories about the premises not being completed prior to the games start, hotel rooms unfinished & dirty, dogs living in other hotel rooms and the infamous “Double Toilets;” Hya!

The mysterious Double Toilet

Thus, while its no great surprise that our “Fair ‘N Balanced” Mainstream Corporate media is steering completely away from Russia’s despicable Human Rights atrocities of ALL people being treated equal, nevertheless the same Corporate media has become eager to glum on to the same subject Stateside with Michael Sam Jr.’s recent announcement that he’s Gay prior to the upcoming NFL Draft for which Sam hopes to be selected by someone for his football talent. After all he’s a first team All-American Defensive Tackle for the reigning Cotton Bowl champion Missouri Tigers…

Michael Sam receives Standing Ovation at Basketball game

Yet amazingly, a tiny piece of history was finally made in Sochi when Gasp! Women were finally allowed to compete in Ski Jumping, having only taken 90-years; since the beginning of the Olympic Games to make women eligible for medals in said ski jumping, albeit on the little “Normal” hill, as women are still considered not capable of jumping upon the “B-I-g” hills, still the domain of the fairer sex…

Female Ski Jumpers to make History at Games

Yet while all of this currently consumes the Black Sea resort town, one competitor is doing her own thing, as good ‘Ol Mother Nature has been toying with Commissar Putin, probably the only person able to do so, as Sochi has been gripped in a normally warmer than usual winter, a la the 2010 winter games in Vancouver, BC, where the warm weather also played havoc with the ski slopes, albeit the warm temperatures have been great for business entrepreneurs in Sochi, albeit the pictures with a live Monkey haven’t been overly popular!

Sochi Winter Olympics set to be Warmest ever

But in just one more nod of how far presenting countries of the famed Olympics go in order to Gentrify the games site, along with quelling any and all forms of Dissident, or anybody daring to confront the media with an alternative prospective, just take in these two recent stories over feared Russian backlash…

Russian Environmentalist gets 3-year Prison sentence

While even more pervasive was the placement of this year’s “Protest Zone,” as the majority of locals interviewed said they weren’t even aware that their modest town’s park had been designated such…

Russian Protest Zone, where almost Nobody Protests

and thus, the games march on, and I find it impossible to escape their all consuming reach, a la the $10 BILLION Behemoth known as the National Football League, who’s in a perpetual 24/7 News cycle.

Meanwhile, it seems that the daily rhetoric of the games is constantly ratcheted up as I seemingly cannot escape it whilst listening to my daily news for riveting sports story ideas for this ‘lil Sportyblog blogsite, while the staunchly conservative television provider of said games comca$t is blasting the games ad nausea upon at least three of its television channels it owns, having stumbled into bits ‘N pieces on NBC, NBC Sports Network and USA Network when casting about for something interesting/entertaining to watch on thy ‘Telie, as Bruce Springsteen said it best in one of his classic songs: “57-Channels and Nothing On!”

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