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I can appreciate that the mayor has a goal he'd like to achieve before leaving office, but baseball is the least feasible of the major sports for a small to mid-sized city. It's one thing to have an NFL team and get 60,000 fans for eight Sundays a year, or to have an NHL or NBA team and get 18,000 fans to come out forty times a year. Baseball needs 45,000 fans to come out 81 days each year. That requires a large population with an obsessive interest. Las Vegas is not that city. Notice that there are ZERO MLB teams that are located in single team cities, showing that teams with small and unproven markets are a bad match for baseball. The NBA, on the other hand, has SEVEN teams that are the only game in town (San Antonio, Orlando, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Sacramento). The NBA has a chance of succeeding. MLB is a sure bet to fail. After the Nationals tanked in DC, a number of analysts crunched the numbers and realized that the only financially viable option left for a team that wants to move is to go to New York and become the third team. No other market has the population or resources to support an MLB team, including Vegas.

(Suggest removal) 8/20/10 at 7:25 a.m.

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