A new study suggests there’s no shortage of cities that can take on an NFL franchise if one is interested in moving.
The study from Portfolio.com has a downside for Vikings fans. It reports that Los Angeles — rumored to be a suitor for the Vikings if taxpayers don’t build a new stadium for the team — is number one of many possible cities.
The Web site used a calculation that factors in total personal income for an area, ticket prices, and the amount of money it takes to support a sports franchise.
It finds plenty of cities have the capacity to take on an NFL, NHL, or NBA team. They include San Jose, Louisville, Las Vegas, Austin, and Birmingham. But only two cities — Montreal and Riverside, Calif. — have the capacity to host a Major League Baseball franchise.
It found Denver, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Tampa are the most “overextended” cities with current franchises.
Minneapolis-St. Paul’s total personal income of $154.59 billion is about $43.13 billion less than what is needed to support the area’s four major professional sports teams, according to the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.