Stern includes Pittsburgh on short list of possible NBA expansion cities

Stern includes Pittsburgh on short list of possible NBA expansion cities

The talk gets thrown around every year about whether or not a NBA franchise could succeed in Pittsburgh. As a small-market city, a NBA team would have to compete with the Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. Could Pittsburgh possibly support a team?

Apparently NBA commissioner David Stern thinks so.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle sat down with Stern and asked him about the NBA possibly adding expansion teams so Seattle and Sacramento could both have teams and Stern throws out a Pittsburgh being on his short list of cities.

“I haven’t heard anything about expansion from our owners. They have discussed contraction in conjunction with the last Collective Bargaining Agreement. I don’t think (expansion) is an option. Right now, we have no approved plan for an arena in Seattle. We have a very good potential ownership group and set of plans, but there’s a lot of work to be done. I keep a little green book with a list of all the cities interested in NBA teams and could respond pretty quickly. There’s all kinds of stuff going on in Pittsburgh, Columbus, Louisville, Virginia Beach, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Mexico City, Kansas City.”

So what are your thoughts? Would you like to see a NBA team in Pittsburgh? Do you think the city could support them? Would it just take a winning product to draw the fans?

Photo Credits: Wick Photography



Michael Waterloo

Michael is part owner and an occasional columnist.

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