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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    First off, these aren't amateurs, so be definition they are an "actual pro team" (as our the Wild, I-Cubs, and Barnstormers). .

    More importantly, there is no advantage to ISU Basketball in having an NBA team 30 minutes down the road. See Okie State attendance figures since arrival of Thunder. ISU needs the Des Moines market...and we don't need to split people's attention spans and more importantly, their sport's spending $$$.

    Fortunately, top tier pro sports teams don't locate in the markets the size of DM. There simply isn't the corporate sponsorship available. It doesn't matter if we can fill the seats in the arena. The big bucks needed to support such a team don't come from average fans....they come from corporations.
    I don't the think an NBA team would affect ISU in a bad way. The OSU fan thing and the NBA is an excuse for their poor attendance.

    Was the Energy a secondary D team before. Did all 5 of the teams have another D league team as well?


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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Quote Originally Posted by TranCytive View Post
    We should kick out all the D-league and just get an actual pro team. I think Iowans would support the crap out of a pro team. I think NBA would be a hit.
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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Quote Originally Posted by BLRNerd View Post
    I didn't even realize that there were rumors of them leaving.

    They've recolored the logo to fit Memphis' color scheme on twitter. It actually looks pretty cool.
    I like the new logo much better too but can they also change the team's slogan? "Tall guys, good times"



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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    This is good news for central Iowa sportís fans but probably bad news for fans of major concerts. Got to be hard to find a lot of open dates for concerts in the winter for Wells Fargo Arena with Energy, Wild, and high school state champs in March.

    Anyway, I didnít realize there was a good chance the team might leaveÖ.



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    Meh. Nobody I know attends these games. I've heard it's not uncommon for there to be <1000 routinely in attendance.



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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Quote Originally Posted by Luth4Cy View Post
    There's only four NBA fans in Iowa. According to Brent Blum's twitter, he's one of them.
    Need to update. We are up to 8 now.


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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Quote Originally Posted by MohawkCy88 View Post
    Meh. Nobody I know attends these games. I've heard it's not uncommon for there to be <1000 routinely in attendance.
    That is the problem when you don't know anyone that attends games and then you throw out a statistics based on what you heard.

    The team is profitable. That is not happening if attendance is a bad as you "heard". Some weekends attendance is reported at 5K - 7K. That is not bad for NBA D League standards. In 2011 when the Energy won the championship, they had 14,000+ in attendance.

    BTW....I see there is a story on the NBA-D League official site: http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/memp...014_05_06.html


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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    I am just a little skeptical of the attendance numbers.



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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    I don't the think an NBA team would affect ISU in a bad way. The OSU fan thing and the NBA is an excuse for their poor attendance.

    Was the Energy a secondary D team before. Did all 5 of the teams have another D league team as well?
    It could. I am not sure whether the Iowans have enough disposable income to go to NBA games and ISU games. NBA in Iowa might hurt ISU not only from the basketball attendance standpoint but also from other sides: how much money that could be given to ISU (alumni donations, Athletic Departments, buy tickets for other sports' games) are gone because the money will be spent on attending NBA game(s).



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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone13 View Post
    It could. I am not sure whether the Iowans have enough disposable income to go to NBA games and ISU games. NBA in Iowa might hurt ISU not only from the basketball attendance standpoint but also from other sides: how much money that could be given to ISU (alumni donations, Athletic Departments, buy tickets for other sports' games) are gone because the money will be spent on attending NBA game(s).
    ...and you have corporations now having an additional team to considering spending their sponsorship dollars.

    It is easy now when things are flying high to say no one would turn their attention away from ISU for another team. But in leaner times if there is a winner down I-35 in the high profile NBA (the league's profile would JUMP in central Iowa if we had a team), watch out.


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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Does Big County Bryant Reeves have some kind of unfinished business here in Central Iowa?



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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Quote Originally Posted by BLRNerd View Post

    I hate the NBA, too many egos and not enough defense.
    You're missing out. If this was still the post Jordan era filled with me first stars and isolation dominated offense, I'd agree with you. But the league is loaded with likable superstars right now and the good teams can play some D.



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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Quote Originally Posted by CysRage View Post
    I like the new logo much better too but can they also change the team's slogan? "Tall guys, good times"
    That is really, really bad. I pretty much cringe at their commercials or advertising. I don't think DSM would be all that worse off if we lost our D-League team.

    IMO Iowa Wild games > Iowa Energy games. Even despite the fact that the Energy are towards the top and Wild are near the bottom of their respective leagues as far as winning record is concerned.

    I enjoy Wild and I-Cubs games so I'd be sad if either of them left.



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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Seriously? I will never understand why so many people never give the NBA a chance. They always come up with these reasons why they can't stand it and yet they never watch a single game. If they did they would realize how much different it is from the slouch to start the millennium. The NBA is the best professional sports league out there right now.



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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Quote Originally Posted by JHUNSY View Post
    The NBA is the best professional sports league out there right now.



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    Re: NBA-D: Iowa Energy to stay in Des Moines - now affiliated with Memphis Grizzles

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    You have something else in mind?



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