From Indianapolis, a report that the NBA is considering a rule change:
Proposed changes that would let National Basketball Association teams substantially expand their marketing areas to encompass their entire home states or television markets could generate more than $1 million annually for the Indiana Pacers.
But the plans could also bring other teams especially the Chicago Bulls crashing into the central Indiana market hunting for fans and sponsors.
The proposals relate to a rule that bans teams from marketing outside a 75-mile radius of their home base a limit that keeps the Pacers out of nearby cities like Fort Wayne, Louisville and Cincinnati.
If nothing else, this explains why the Thunder play in Tulsa and Wichita during the preseason: it’s the only chance they have to make a pitch to the locals. (The movement of the D-League
66ers Blue out of Tulsa surely didn’t help matters.)
A change requires a vote by the league’s 30 team owners. And while league sources say momentum is building for the proposals, they wouldn’t likely be enacted until the 2016-2017 season at the earliest.
The Oklahoma City TV market includes about half the state, with the rest belonging to Sherman/Denison/Ada/Ardmore, Amarillo, Tulsa, and Fort Smith.