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

 

comments

Michael Waterloo

Michael is part owner and an occasional columnist.

social social
More in Other Professional
Dec 10, 8 days ago

RMU’s Friedmann on a hot streak; earns player of the week honors

RMU’s Friedmann on a hot streak; earns player of the week honorsRobert Morris forward David Friedmann has been named the Atlantic Hockey Conference’s offensive player of the week. It is the second time this season Friedmann has won the award. Friedmann, a junior from Toronto, Ontario, scored 23 points in 2013-14, and ...

Read  
Oct 8, 71 days ago

Shafer looks to earn nod as RMU starting goalie after surgery

Shafer looks to earn nod as RMU starting goalie after surgeryOn March 9, 2014, Robert Morris goaltender Terry Shafer was having an amazing sophomore season. After having played in only four games a freshman the year before, Shafer started 35 of the Colonial’s first 37 games. He had a .911 ...

Read  
Aug 5, 135 days ago

Cranberry CUP Raises $100K For Family

Cranberry CUP Raises $100K For FamilyCranberry Township was flooded this past weekend with hundreds of volunteers and softball players and, more importantly, thousands of dollars for charity.  The 15th annual Cranberry CUP, which stands for Community Uniting People, has grown from a small neighborhood softball ...

Read