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    Default If Raptors had their own NBDL team, where would you want to see it placed?

    With the the NYK on board getting an NBDL franchise, I was thinking about Toronto getting one and where would be a good place to see the team play out of. Some where close enough that the front office can monitor the team easily, but far enough away to have it's own identity.

    There seems to be a few teams located in the North East US, could a team in Moncton, or Halifax work? Would it ruin what the NBL Canada has going?

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    Despite my obvious bias, I would have to say Montreal would be a great choice. It's a big market, has proven to be a good draw for sports/basketball, and is close to Toronto to facilitate quick call-ups.

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    Is the NBL of Canada going to be a sustainable league? I can't speak for the rest of the country but the attendance in Halifax has fizzled this year after being one of the league's "banner" franchises for the first few seasons. Much of this is because the team has struggled record-wise, but it's not like creditors and bill collectors care about that kind of thing.

    There was some talk of the Halifax Rainmen becoming an NBDL affiliate before the Canadian league was developed. I can't remember exactly what happened at the time but I seem to recall that the time frame was too short in order to make a decision (i.e: the franchise needed a place to play within 3 months while the decision from the NBDL would have taken a year).

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    Quote CalgaryRapsFan wrote: View Post
    Despite my obvious bias, I would have to say Montreal would be a great choice. It's a big market, has proven to be a good draw for sports/basketball, and is close to Toronto to facilitate quick call-ups.
    Montreal was a first thought of mine as well...but it can be a funny city sometimes, they don't seem to support "B" league sports as they feel they should always have nothing but the best. This could be just my perception though. I am sure the players would like it better than the others mentioned.

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    Quote WJF wrote: View Post
    Montreal was a first thought of mine as well...but it can be a funny city sometimes, they don't seem to support "B" league sports as they feel they should always have nothing but the best. This could be just my perception though. I am sure the players would like it better than the others mentioned.
    They support "A" league sports in Montreal? ( **cough** , Expos, **cough**). And I thought they love the Alouettes - or has that changed? Strange sports town. You're definitely right about that.

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    Halifax almost had a D league team a couple years ago

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    Buffalo - due to location (1hr45min drive)
    Erie - due to existing franchise (3hr30min drive)


    I don't think having an NBA D-League team in Canada would work due to all the travel issues crossing the border and work visas etc. Maybe I'm wrong on that. Most of these guys are only making like $20-25K - aren't they?
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Buffalo - due to location (1hr45min drive)
    Erie - due to existing franchise (3hr30min drive)


    I don't think having an NBA D-League team in Canada would work due to all the travel issues crossing the border and work visas etc. Maybe I'm wrong on that. Most of these guys are only making like $20-25K - aren't they?
    I suspect you are right about the travel hassle. They should be located in the East. Close enough for reasonable contact from the home office.

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    They support "A" league sports in Montreal? ( **cough** , Expos, **cough**). And I thought they love the Alouettes - or has that changed? Strange sports town. You're definitely right about that.
    I count the Alouettes as an "A" league, it is the top football league available in Canada, not sure how they would feel with Toronto's leftovers on a NBDL team.

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    Buffalo - due to location (1hr45min drive)
    Erie - due to existing franchise (3hr30min drive)


    I don't think having an NBA D-League team in Canada would work due to all the travel issues crossing the border and work visas etc. Maybe I'm wrong on that. Most of these guys are only making like $20-25K - aren't they?
    Buffalo would be ideal geographically. They've had a team that has played in the ABA and now is in the PBL. But they have "A" level teams to compete with for fans, and at the moment play their home games in a school.

    Another option might be Rochester. They also have a PBL team (also former ABA), and better yet, their team plays in a proper mid-size arena (can seat about 13,000), and has had some actual success contending in their league. Thus they may already have a good fanbase (not that I really know), and are in a city with no major sports so they don't compete against "A" league teams for fans. It's super close geographically, though a longer drive than Buffalo...

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    I agree with buffalo/Rochester but what about somewhere in Connecticut? New haven or Hartford? Those guys are passionate and Id bet they're hungry for a home team to support
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    Quote e_wheazhy_ wrote: View Post
    I agree with buffalo/Rochester but what about somewhere in Connecticut? New haven or Hartford? Those guys are passionate and Id bet they're hungry for a home team to support
    Connecticut is kinda far. Driving distance would be ideal if possible. Hartford is like an 8 hour drive.

    It's also in between Boston and NY. So while both those cities have d-league affiliates, the Knicks especially could use one closer by (theirs is Erie right now). Boston uses Maine, and BKL uses Springfield (Mass).

    And both Buffalo and Rochester have larger populations. While both being a very near drive to Toronto.

    *I think being close to Toronto is obviously good. I also think being far from other NBA cities is better too, which makes the west of NY state ideal.

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    Buffalo would be ideal geographically. They've had a team that has played in the ABA and now is in the PBL. But they have "A" level teams to compete with for fans, and at the moment play their home games in a school.

    Another option might be Rochester. They also have a PBL team (also former ABA), and better yet, their team plays in a proper mid-size arena (can seat about 13,000), and has had some actual success contending in their league. Thus they may already have a good fanbase (not that I really know), and are in a city with no major sports so they don't compete against "A" league teams for fans. It's super close geographically, though a longer drive than Buffalo...
    Buffalo actually had a NBA team (Braves)...now the Clippers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Braves

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    Quote Bendit wrote: View Post
    Buffalo actually had a NBA team (Braves)...now the Clippers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Braves
    Yeah....well I was focusing on present/recent history.

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    I wish they'd do it in the Atlantic but if they did make a team, it would probably be somewhere like London or Hamilton or a place in the GTA.

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    I would put my preferences in this order:

    Buffalo
    Rochester
    Erie
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    Quote GoldenBaller wrote: View Post
    I wish they'd do it in the Atlantic but if they did make a team, it would probably be somewhere like London or Hamilton or a place in the GTA.
    But can a D-League team survive in a Canadian city? This is the big question. Canadians really in general just care about one sport, and that sport overlaps with basketball's season. And then there are logistics issues. Can they get good enough venues by D-League standards? What about travel? It's already a minor hassle for NBA and teams travel in luxury...this isn't the case for DL.

    Having it just south of the border makes a lot of sense to me. For visas, for travel (both within league and if called up), for venue/attendance (and thus likely for revenues)...
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