Monday, November 15, 2010

Numbers Aren't Everything: Part 2

I kind of left that previous post half-finished.  I led into it talking about Hampton Roads, which is only one of four main regions in the state (or commonwealth) of Virginia.  The other three are:

  • Northern Virginia: composed of Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Vienna, McLean, Loudown, Falls Church, Manassas and all the other crap around the Southern half of the 495 beltway
  • Richmond/ Central: composed of Richmond, Henrico, Chester, Mechanicsville, Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hanover and all the other local places
  • West / Blue Ridge: A more dispersed scattering of populated towns like Roanoke, Charlottesville, Blacksburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and trailers and mountain folk.

Of these, including Hampton Roads, which covers the extreme Southeast corner of the state, none of these is suitable for a professional sports franchise for various reasons.  But most of all due to lack of interest.  Richmond and Northern Va tend to support Washington or Baltimore franchises.  Western region tends to support franchises in the midwest plain states and South.  In fact, many that I know in that area don't pay as much attention to professional sports as they do collegiate sports (and for good reasons, I may add).

So, in short: Virginia has one of the lowest interests in obtaining their own professional franchise identity akin to maybe Idaho, North Dakota or New Mexico.  In fact, I would bet one of those three states gets a pro franchise before Virginia even attempts it again.

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