I wrote a post about this a few months ago, and then again today, I heard the Common Man and the Torg on 97.1 discuss how great it would be if Columbus had an NBA team. I think Columbus is ready, and I believe an NBA team would work.
The primary reason I believe an NBA team would work in Columbus is exactly what the Torg said today: the NBA is a star-power league, and Columbus fans will pay to see stars far more than NHL teams. The Blue Jackets have done pretty well in Columbus as a mediocre team with no stars before last year’s abysmal season.
1. A Columbus NBA team would be able to draft a young star in the first couple of years, and this would bring some amount of star-power to Columbus.
2. Columbus fans will buy tickets to see stars on visiting teams. You have a large crowd guaranteed for many games simply because of the star-power on the opposing teams! Columbus fans will pay to see:
Kobe and Gasol
Lebron and D-wade
The Celtics (a team of older stars and Rondo)
Gilbert Arenas and John Wall
Evan Turner (remember him?)
Even if the Hornets don’t come to Columbus, I think an NBA team could land here within the next five years.
Also see “NBA Team in Columbus, OH” where I list more reasons why an NBA team would work in Columbus.