For several years, the Toronto Raptors have been known as the only Canadian basketball team in the NBA. The Vancouver Grizzle could have been the other team, but the lockout of the NHL went down with the Vancouver team. However, there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel and here are three reasons why.
More Fans in Canada
Although not many teams come from Canada, the country still has a record of more basketball fans compared to Oklahoma and Charlotte. In basketball games and major leagues, a great fan base does not necessarily translate into more profit. However, during hard economic times, a higher fan base can have a huge impact on the money made by the NBA. This is one aspect that might draw the NBA to Canada.
Need for Growth
Canada has amazing basketball players. However, not much has been invested in basketball teams as compared to hockey and baseball. For there to be stronger teams, more money has to be used, and more teams might help make this possible. With more teams, demand will be placed for more stadiums and equipment funds.
Finally, Canada has a lot of room for more to be done in basketball. From Montreal to Ontario, there are potential teams and fan bases that offer a good hint in terms of growth potential and profit generation. A bit of research is needed to see why other teams in these areas failed to make it to the big league, but with a little maintenance, the NBA can locate another home in the northern cities easily.
When it comes to matters such as the weather and natural talent in Canada, the NBA has nothing to worry about. Canada can be a great place for basketball investment, and the NBA should find the courage to take the risk.