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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt we see a north/south conference structure anytime soon. I remember that Leonsis had said many times last year he envisions a NEC conference pretty much hitting the major train stations on the Amtrak lines in the northeast. Interesting that Albany is #9 on their busiest station list.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

toad8098 wrote:
I would be great if they could get two more expansion teams in for 2018(Newark & Nashville?). An 8 team league looks more respectable.

NORTH: Albany, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Newark
SOUTH: Tampa Bay, Nashville, Washington, Baltimore


I'll admit I'd rather see Orlando than Nashville (was more of a Preds than Kats fan) but either way this could be the basis for a solid league.

Perhaps in 2019 or 2020 they introduce a Midwest division to get to that 12 team mark Jaws threw out there...

MIDWEST: Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis

Detroit and St. Louis have been talked about and rumored for a while now. Milwaukee and Chicago I admittedly would just love to have back as I live right between the two cities now. This would make for a nice tight division that is not too far away from the other teams in the league.

Milwaukee I think could really be worth a look once the league expands to the Midwest. They supported the Mustangs back in the day, have a new ownership group that might want to expand their team portfolio (announced a D-League team a few months back), and a new arena being built that should be ready in a year which will need to fill dates.

This could be a problem for them, as part of the agreement for the arena is that the Bucks cannot recruit current tenants of the UW-Panther Arena (including now the AHL Admirals) over to the new arena. This leaves them with only the Bucks and Marquette U. basketball as regular tenants. The easiest way to fill dates may be to field a new team.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Albany Contract Reply with quote

FirebirdDW wrote:
Unsure, but Jaws said this is not a one year deal....they are in for the long hall.


Everyone's in it for the long haul until they start seeing bad financial statements.

in_a _rush wrote:
This could be a problem for them, as part of the agreement for the arena is that the Bucks cannot recruit current tenants of the UW-Panther Arena (including now the AHL Admirals) over to the new arena. This leaves them with only the Bucks and Marquette U. basketball as regular tenants. The easiest way to fill dates may be to field a new team.


Given that at the moment, Milwaukee has three arenas side-by-side, any potential AFL ownership group would be foolish to spend the kind of money it would take to rent the newest of them. I'd start with the Mecca and see how things go for a year, then "upgrade" if circumstances warrant.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Albany Contract Reply with quote

mactheknife wrote:
FirebirdDW wrote:
Unsure, but Jaws said this is not a one year deal....they are in for the long hall.


Everyone's in it for the long haul until they start seeing bad financial statements.

in_a _rush wrote:
This could be a problem for them, as part of the agreement for the arena is that the Bucks cannot recruit current tenants of the UW-Panther Arena (including now the AHL Admirals) over to the new arena. This leaves them with only the Bucks and Marquette U. basketball as regular tenants. The easiest way to fill dates may be to field a new team.


Given that at the moment, Milwaukee has three arenas side-by-side, any potential AFL ownership group would be foolish to spend the kind of money it would take to rent the newest of them. I'd start with the Mecca and see how things go for a year, then "upgrade" if circumstances warrant.


That's fair, although the Bradley Center will be getting torn down once the new one is complete. The Mecca will be pretty full so it could be a struggle to get in there, which was part of my thinking. I would concede the newest arena would probably only work under the Bucks ownership, so they could get a possible discount on the rental.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Milwaukee would be owned by Bucks ownership and play in that arena to fill dates.
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