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Jamalia
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« on: April 19, 2019, 08:37:39 am »

I am so sick of Tulsa not having an NBA, MLB, NHL or NFL team! I mean, is it that small of a market? At least OKC got an NBA team recently, but how about Tulsa? Where is a petition to get this going? I wonder how many signatures you would need to actually get things rolling in some way. Or is it all about what rich person will buy a team and put it in Tulsa?
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2019, 08:59:34 am »

It's mostly about a wealthy individual or group buying a team and placing it in Tulsa. To do that it has to be worthwhile financially and if you look at regional pro teams the market just unfortunately isn't there. With football, we're too close to Kansas City and Dallas. Basketball, too close to OKC. Baseball is the same story as football except baseball is kind of a dying sport. Etc.

The OKC Thunder have been successful in a small market because they draw not only Oklahoma as a whole, but also a large fan base from other neighboring states. That and the fact that they had players like Kevin Durant and Westbrook who receive international attention. That jumpstarted the organization's popularity.

Soccer is slowly gaining in popularity across the country though so that could be an option in the future.
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2019, 09:29:52 am »

OKC is much more in-line to receive an MLS expansion team. As far as sports are concerned, Tulsa will always be a third-rate city. OKC/Dallas/KC are bigger and close enough to cover the market. The best we can hope for is to get a proper minor league team for SOMETHING. I wish we still had the Thunder B-team at least.
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2019, 10:37:16 am »

We won't.  We have shown repeatedly that we really don't want one all that bad.  Or there would be one already.

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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2019, 12:22:30 pm »

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It's mostly about a wealthy individual or group buying a team and placing it in Tulsa. To do that it has to be worthwhile financially and if you look at regional pro teams the market just unfortunately isn't there.

That is kinda what I thought, makes sense, but frustrating to be sure.
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2019, 01:12:31 pm »

It's mostly about a wealthy individual or group buying a team and placing it in Tulsa. To do that it has to be worthwhile financially and if you look at regional pro teams the market just unfortunately isn't there. With football, we're too close to Kansas City and Dallas. Basketball, too close to OKC. Baseball is the same story as football except baseball is kind of a dying sport. Etc.

The OKC Thunder have been successful in a small market because they draw not only Oklahoma as a whole, but also a large fan base from other neighboring states. That and the fact that they had players like Kevin Durant and Westbrook who receive international attention. That jumpstarted the organization's popularity.

Soccer is slowly gaining in popularity across the country though so that could be an option in the future.

It's at least as much about the size of the market.  The smallest current NBA market is 34% larger than Tulsa.  The smallest Major League Baseball metro is about 58% larger than Tulsa.  Aside from the unique situations of Green Bay, Buffalo and New Orleans, the smallest metro with NFL is more than 50% larger than Tulsa.    The only possibility in the foreseeable future is MLS and that's a very long shot.
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