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Could the Toronto Raptors Fall Victim to Contraction?

That was the question posed to us by SB Nation's Nate Timmons of the Denver Stiffs. Nate polled our entire basketball blogosphere at SB Nation, looking to see if there were any realistic options in terms of teams that should, or could, be folded. For the Raps, here were my thoughts: Should the NBA contract Canada's only NBA team? It's an interesting question. On one side, we're talking about a club that has one of the worst franchise winning percentages in the league, and doesn't look to be turning the corner soon. Curling draws more viewers nationally than the team, and it gets dwarfed media-wise by hockey, especially their brethren Maple Leafs. Yet, the fan base that does follow the team is extremely ardent, and attendance has never been much of an issue for the Dinos. The club is also one of the more financially successful teams in the league. It placed 10th in terms of value based on Forbes' rankings of NBA franchises last year, and is just one of 10 teams that generated more than one million dollars in gate receipts on average per game. Add in a strong Canadian dollar, a bottomless pit of management money thanks to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the Raptors' ownership group, and the club is on solid economic ground. Add in the fact that David Stern has always been big on expanding the game outside of the U.S., and that well, Toronto IS White Vegas, and I'd say that Toronto shouldn't be one of the first clubs to come up regarding contraction talk. They're by no means immune though, and should the team continue to erode the loyalty of its fans by putting together sub 30-win seasons, and going along without marketable stars, things could change quickly. Click here to read the full post on the topic, an interesting read considering that some of my fellow bloggers weren't so sure about their team's futures...

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