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01-26-2013, 03:17 AM
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Originally Posted by No Fun Shogun View Post
Portland shot itself in the foot by giving the Beavers the boot to renovate their stadium in order to bring in an MLS team.

Charlotte's gotta be the front runner. I've been saying for a while now that we'll probably see the Carolina Rays sooner rather than later. Plus, no need for any messy realignment, too.
Charlotte isn't going to be an option until the Bobcats stop being the biggest embarrassment in sports and the Panthers pick up a ton of steam.


Actually, who am I kidding? Charlotte isn't an option until they build a Major League stadium. On the same note...neither is Portland. Portland ditched their minor league baseball stadium for a Major League Soccer stadium...I don't seen an issue there. Portland still have well over a century of baseball history, that just proved that they're a Major League city more than a minor league city. Their support of the Timbers can only be seen as a good thing. Minor league baseball just isn't entertaining unless you're a fan of one of those ******** franchises that just pull endless stunts...and in that case you're paying for a circus more than you're paying for baseball anyway.

That and I just see Portland as Seattle's punk cousin while Charlotte is more of an HO scale east coast version of Phoenix (I'll reserve the San Diego comparison for teams in Virginia)...too many transplants. It's not a very good sports city. The triangle of research is much better in terms of sports fans, but Raleigh isn't big enough for a MLB team.


At the end of the day it's going to come down to who's going to build a stadium...and that's really anyone's guess. I just think Portland is in a better position to actually do so...but I can see Charlotte as being far more willing to do so. I can very easily see the Carolina Rays...I just don't think they'll be much better off than the Tampa Bay Rays in terms of fan support. They'll still wind up with half of their fan base saying it's too much of a pain in the ass to go to the stadium.

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