NBA Expansion and Relocation: A Viability Study of Various Cities

in Journal of Sport Management
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An examination of possible expansion or relocation sites for the NBA is undertaken using a two-equation system requiring two-stage probit least squares to estimate. The location model forecasts the best cities for an NBA team based on the underlying characteristics of current NBA teams. The results suggest that Louisville, San Diego, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Norfolk appear to be the most promising candidates for relocation or expansion.

D. Rascher is with the University of San Francisco, Sport Management Program, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080. H. Rascher is with Sports Economics, 110 Brookside Dr., Berkeley, CA 94705.

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