Re: 4 Rumored Cities The Bizjournals studies (I thought they were updated annually) are very good snapshots, but they're not particularly good at trends. They also have a gaping hole on non-Big 4 sports. The Sounders definitely take a slice out of the Seattle market, but then UT takes a big one out of Austin, and UNC and NC State take their piece of the Raleigh-Durham pie (Duke, not as much as you would think). The big problem with reading too much into these analysis is demographic shifts. In 1997 when the Whalers moved south, Raleigh-Durham had 1.2 million people. I believe the 2012 number is over 1.8. I'm not sure 50% growth every 15 years is sustainable, but while the Triangle might not currently have the "excess income" to support an second major league team, it's only a matter of time.