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

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  1. capitalcityguy

    capitalcityguy Well-Known Member

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    This is good news for central Iowa sport’s 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 didn’t realize there was a good chance the team might leave….

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/columnists/bryce-miller/2014/05/06/memphis-grizzlies-nba-development-league-jed-kaplan-jerry-crawford/8737929/
     
  2. c.y.c.l.o.n.e.s

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    I have listened to Crawford on the radio a few times. He usually says the politically correct things but you can tell that he was not at all thrilled when he had to start sharing the arena with a third professional team (Wild). Surprised they didn't leave.
     
  3. capitalcityguy

    capitalcityguy Well-Known Member

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    My impression as well
     
  4. BLRNerd

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    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.
     
  5. TRZA

    TRZA Active Member

    Unnamed opportunity in another country?
     
  6. WooClone15

    WooClone15 Well-Known Member

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    I was wondering that too. I think probably being a d-league team in canada.

    One other question I had was does this mean we're now only the affiliate of Memphis. I know we used to be the affiliate for something like 4 teams.
     
  7. ianoconnor

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    I didn't realize they were potentially leaving, either.
     
  8. capitalcityguy

    capitalcityguy Well-Known Member

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    Yes, this is a one-to-one relationship as I understand it. No more affliations with multiple teams.
     
  9. sunnysideup

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    Free is rumored to be their next coach.
     
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  11. TranCytive

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    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.
     
  12. CyArob

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    No thanks.
     
  13. BLRNerd

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    I'd rather have a european style basketball team.

    I hate the NBA, too many egos and not enough defense.

    I really like the one to one relationship Iowa now has. I think having more all those teams to cater to threw us off balance.
     
  14. capitalcityguy

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    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.
     
  15. Luth4Cy

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    There's only four NBA fans in Iowa. According to Brent Blum's twitter, he's one of them.
     
  16. kingcy

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    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?
     
  17. chuckd4735

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  18. CysRage

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    I like the new logo much better too but can they also change the team's slogan? "Tall guys, good times" :eek:

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  19. MohawkCy88

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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.
     
  20. brentblum

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    Need to update. We are up to 8 now.
     

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