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Why Does Portland Only Have the Blazers?

By Jay Wierenga On August - 10 - 2009

What do Cincinnati, Tampa, Oakland, St. Louis, Kansas City, Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland all have in common? 

Each of these cities have both a Major League Baseball and a National Football League team. 

Also, each is a smaller city than Portland, Oregon.

I am a Michigander living in Portland.  As such, I will volunteer that I am somewhat ignorant of the situation, but I have been perplexed by one thought since I moved to this wonderful Pacific Northwest oasis.

Why does Portland only have one major sports franchise?

This is a question that I think many people that have visited this city have asked themselves as well as those they encounter.

It is a question that people have asked me since I moved out here last September. 

In all honesty, I can not even venture a guess.

Typically, there are some easy and straight-forward reasons why particular cities do not gain major franchises.

Usually, it is tied to the following four questions: Does a city have enough people, do those people have a sports passion, does the city have enough corporate clout, and is the city cheap enough ...

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