Virginia Beach could totally have an NBA team next year, says Virginia Beach

When I first saw yesterday’s headline reading “Study: NBA Team Could Move To Virginia Beach In 2013,” my first thought was, as I hope was yours: 2013? Virginia Beach? Who wrote this study, anyway?

And the answer is, the only people who could possibly have written it:

An economic study prepared for the Virginia Beach Development Authority suggests an unnamed NBA team could move to Virginia as soon as next year by playing its first two seasons in various arenas around the state while a permanent home is built near the Virginia Beach oceanfront…

The study says Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company Comcast-Spectacor has said an NBA franchise is considering the possibility of relocating to Virginia Beach, but it doesn’t specify which one.

So basically, this is one of those studies that was researched by reading newspaper articles from August.

The report also claims that a new arena would generate $503 million a year in new economic activity, and $11 million a year in state tax revenues, and all kinds of other stuff that’s based entirely on figures provided by Comcast-Spectacor. Richmond firm Chmura Economics & Analytics charged the city $31,240 for the study. I’m really in the wrong line of work…

6 comments on “Virginia Beach could totally have an NBA team next year, says Virginia Beach

  1. Well, there’s already been $31,240 of “economic impact.” Just wait until someone does pretty conceptual drawings; that’s got to be good for a bunch more economic impact. Like all arenas, this one’s going to be a moneymaker!

    For someone.

  2. Just one little problem – there are zero arenas in Virginia suitable for hosting NBA games.

    “Virginia Beach: When It Comes To Arenas, We’re The New St. Pete!”

  3. You gotta see the pictures of the “Butterdome” someone made in Seattle. Just do a web search for “sodo arena butterdome”.


    World’s worst architecture, that’s for sure.

  4. Keith, when I first heard of this story, I asked myself where they’d play.

    And it’s true, the arena situation there isn’t very good. But if you’re only going to play 15 games here and 10 games there, I really do think they could get by for a year.

    Think of it this way: Sleep Train Arena is pretty awful. Even I admit that. Great location, terrible venue. That’s an ownership problem, though, and should never be made into a City-government problem. That’s the issue I have.

    Anyway, my main point is that Virginia could use existing arenas to handle an NBA team for a little while. As long as they know it’s a limited time, it’s not that big a deal. I still don’t think it’s going to happen, though.

  5. Hey, what’s wrong with the Richmond Coliseum?? If it was good enough for Dr. J., it’s darn sure going to be good enough for the… Rochester-Cincinnati-Kansas City-Omaha-Sacramento-Virginia Thingamabobs.

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