21 March 2006

Rainbow's End?


In all the speculation regarding the new New Jersey/Philly team, it has repeatedly been pointed out that no ownership group is identified with the team to come into the league in 2009. But I think the deep game is something along the lines of "let's have an open stadium for when we have to move a financially underperforming team." If anyone else has proposed this theory, I'll be glad to give them a link, but I haven't yet seen it out there. Of course, to make that easy, you'd need to have an Eastern Conference team that was financially underwhelming and had previously been looked at for relocation. Perhaps one that has $5 playoff tickets. Just thinking...


At 21 March, 2006 13:07, Blogger maradawga said...

I've heard that theory floated around but, honestly, this stadium isn't going to be done until 2009 and the unnamed-team-with-$5-playoff-tickets would have to be funded by its uninterested owner for another three years until they'd be able to be moved.

Plus, KC looks to be in good shape with communities interested in building a Pizza Hut Park-type complex with at least five (I think it's five) counties offering up proposals to the league. That's more interest than has been there in a while.

I think the Rowan project is more like San Antonio than anything else.

At 21 March, 2006 13:10, Blogger D said...

Mmmm... good points on all counts. The only counter I would offer is that San Antonio was a fiasco in the end, and I can't imagine Mr. Garber wanting to go through that again. But maybe this is sufficiently different as to make it work.

At 21 March, 2006 13:59, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KC with a SSS would likely dramatically improve the situation there. Meanwhile, I hope that the Philly team is an expansion. The triangular rivalry of DC-RBNY-Phil will be better if Phil. is a new team not a transplant.



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