Could Austin be the next location for an NBA Team?

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As if the Austin Toros don’t have enough competition for ticket sales in the form of the University of Texas basketball team, a report from American City Business Journals says Austin could support an NBA team.

Austin – a metro area with a population of nearly 1.8 million but without any major-league sports franchises – could financially support teams from the NFL, NBA and NHL but might have a hard time supporting a Major League Baseball team, according to a new study.

According to the study, Austin has $67 billion in income to support NFL, NBA and NHL teams, but the fact that the city does not have the space to build a new stadium and that Austin would have to compete with the San Antonio Spurs doesn’t give them much of a chance to land a team.

And if Austinites want to catch an NBA game, when or if there is a season, they can always drive 80 miles down to watch the Toros NBA affiliate, San Antonio Spurs.

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  1. The way the NBA is talking, they will probably be more likely contracting teams than expanding.  Maybe the Hornets can finally have a home there–just a thought

  2. Hard to imagine the NBA would ever imagine Austin would support a team. The ‘could’ in terms of dollars and people may be there, but when the Toros can’t bring more than a few hundred people to most of their games, it just doesn’t make sense. The NHL maybe. But not the NBA.

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