You have to start early these days; Manfred says Montreal, one-time home of the Expos, is a prime contender for a sequel team, but....tsk, tsk, that dingy old Olympic Stadium. It just won't do: "[I]t's a long ways from two exhibition games to 81 home games in a facility that is consistent with major league standards."
Raising the political and business steam to foist a new, billion dollar stadium on any city takes some doing, even though most of them are the sort of places where they never saw a pro sports welfare scheme they couldn't slather enough lipstick on to build out at public expense.
If Montreal is the front-runner, Mexico City, Monterrey and San Antone are surely sops to ward off the inevitable collision between demographic change and anti-Mexican animus in the US. If Oklahoma City wants a team, they can poach an existing one faster than waiting for an expansion slot; it worked when they pinched the Seattle Supersonics.
Northern New Jersey? Fuggeddabout it. Although Chris Christie, who governs the state from various upstate corporate sky boxes, will surely jump, if barely discernible- for joy at the prospect of a new one on whose builders and owners he can shower favors.
Vegas? Baseball is too slow. Unless there's video gambling at every seat, no one will go.
Portland? If Paul Allen says he'll front the money, it may fly. But then the taxpayers' and
Which leaves Charlotte. With new basketball, football and minor league baseball arenas uptown, surely there's another neighborhood or two that can be leveled.