OKC Thunder: Portland and Oklahoma City show small markets can thrive in the NBA
The NBA came to Oregon in 1970. Portland had a metro population of less than 1.1 million. Slightly smaller than Oklahoma City was when the Thunder hit town.
A clear No. 3 in the major league sports business half a century ago, pro basketball tried to find niche markets. It placed an expansion team in Seattle in 1967, an expansion team in...
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