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Sports franchises -- Location -- Law and legislation -- United States, National Basketball Association, Sport franchises -- Economic aspects, Sports franchises -- Relocation -- Decision making


In an earlier paper, we examined the factors leading Major League Baseball franchises to relocate using data from 1950 to 1995 (Mildner and Strathman, 1996). In this paper, we extend our analysis to look at the National Basketball Association from 1960 to 1995. Our intent is to extend this line of research to cover the other major league sports, but we present here the data for these two sports along with some location data for professional hockey and football. The paper proceeds as follows: a model of the team relocation decision process, a description of our data set, our analysis of that data, and a concluding section.


Catalog Number DP97-6.

A product of the Center for Urban Studies, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University.

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