NBA commissioner Adam Silver shot down expansion earlier this year.
But with a revised Collective Bargaining Agreement in the works, could that open the door?
I’ve heard that once the CBA is finished, the expansion bidding could be announced as soon as December or as late as the All-Star Game in February. There are going to be numerous other cities competing with Seattle to get the expansion franchises as well. I do not know if there is just going to be one slot or two. Other cities I’ve heard that are going to be making a play for expansion are Louisville (they have all their affairs in order and ready to go), Pittsburgh, Omaha, Las Vegas, Vancouver, BC, and Mexico City.
I’m pretty ambivalent on expansion.
Would it be cool for Seattle to have a team? Yes. Should Seattle taxpayers contribute a large amount of money so a billionaire can bring a profitable (for him or her) business to town? No.
Would it dilute the talent pool? Yes. Is the talent pool too weak already? No.
And that’s just as an outsider. The current 30 owners would need a lot of money up-front to turn their 1/30th shares of profit into 1/31st shares.
Perhaps, someone will pay to enter the league. There’s a lot of money to be had.
But I’m more skeptical something gets done so quickly.