Could Austin be the next location for an NBA Team?
- Updated: August 22, 2011
As if the Austin Toros don’t have enough competition for ticket sales in the form of the University of Texas basketball team, a report from American City Business Journals says Austin could support an NBA team.
Austin – a metro area with a population of nearly 1.8 million but without any major-league sports franchises – could financially support teams from the NFL, NBA and NHL but might have a hard time supporting a Major League Baseball team, according to a new study.
According to the study, Austin has $67 billion in income to support NFL, NBA and NHL teams, but the fact that the city does not have the space to build a new stadium and that Austin would have to compete with the San Antonio Spurs doesn’t give them much of a chance to land a team.
And if Austinites want to catch an NBA game, when or if there is a season, they can always drive 80 miles down to watch the Toros NBA affiliate, San Antonio Spurs.