TALE OF THE TAPE

Tale of The Tape: Las Vegas Clippers vs. Seattle Clippers

The Clippers are reportedly being sold to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Due to his ties with Seattle many are wondering if his decision to purchase the team might include a desire to move the franchise to the Emerald City. But there’s another city not so far from Los Angeles that might be a better option, Las Vegas. So which is a better destination for the Clippers if they were to decide to move, Seattle or Las Vegas?

Las Vegas
Seattle
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Photo Credit: AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB
Photo Credit: Dan Callister/Newsmakers
Fan Base
Sin City has never had a professional sports team, but that doesn't mean Vegas locals aren't sports fanatics. Las Vegas residents have a wealth of knowledge in all sports because they bet on all of them.
Winner Seattle is the home of the 12th man, a fan base that had a huge impact in their beloved Seahawks lifting the Lombardi trophy a year ago. However this is still the same city that watched the SuperSonics leave for Oklahoma City just six years ago.
Appeal
Winner There might not be a more appealing place in the world to visit than Las Vegas. Some of the world's best restaurants, shows, and hotels makes Vegas a vacation hotspot 365 days a year.
Everyone who visits Seattle tends to return with the same reaction, "that place is cool man." There's no real explanation for it because it's really just a cold rainy city that is home to Starbucks loving yuppies. The appeal is there, there's just really no clear cut explanation for it.
Weather
Winner It is hot. Really really hot. But it's a dry heat, at least that's what they say.
It rains on an average 150 days a year.
Eyes of the NBA
The NBA ventured to Las Vegas once. It was for the 2007 All Star Game. There's really only one word that could describe the event. Disaster.
Winner Former home to the SuperSonics and a city that has proved it loves its team...when they win.
History
None, zilch, zippo, can you come up with any other words?
Winner Gary Payton, Lenny Wilkins, Nate McMillon and the 1978-79 NBA Championship.

The Winner Is

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Winner Seattle
3 out of 5

As much as NBA players would love to live and play in Las Vegas, it really winds up being a no contest. It's just too hard to compete with a city that already has NFL, MLB, and MLS teams and was home to an NBA Championship franchise.

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