With the free agent movement coming up, I've heard analysts and journalists throw around the term "big market." I've often wondered why the Bay Area is not mentioned as one. We have the 6th largest population in the country, revenue is 10th, attendance is 10th, attendance percentage is 14th, and of course, the best fans in the league. (Props to the Clips for today's fan loyalty article on RealGM, but I'm not convinced... their population base is 2X+ the Bay area!)
Of course, no one needs reminding that our record is not ranked nearly as high as any of these wonderful marks. I'd wager a sustained winning tradition (over .500 for more than two seasons) would easily put us in the top two or three in any category.
I know there are some really smart fans here on GSOM. Can anyone please shed some light on what this refers to or who these "big market" teams are? I know that New York and LA are often mentioned. Could it be as simple as resident population? I sure hope not, because that is certainly a poor indicator of basketball appreciation and does little to explain the appeal of these markets to players.
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