Mister Shifter said:
Getting free agents to move their families to (deservedly or not) "ho-hum" Ohio is another huge obstacle. For example, two years ago free agents like Chris Bosh were taking MILLIONS less to play in Miami instead of going to Cleveland with LeBron James. NBA Basketball more than any other sport is a star-driven league, and face it, flashy NBA stars don't want to live in Ohio.
There's a reason why the NBA is dominated in markets like Los Angeles, Miami, New York & Chicago. Every now and then you'll have a small market anomaly like OKC that makes a blip on the radar, but historically speaking small market NBA franchises are largely irrelevant. I don't know if Columbus needs another middling sports franchise to bitch about until college football season starts up.
psh, have they even been to the north market!?