Let’s get the obvious out of the way. The NBA will never come to Columbus. The Cavs would probably have something to say about that (and to a lesser extent, the Pacers). So why not go for the next best thing, the WNBA? The Cavs should be receptive to that and probably would help in running a prospective franchise here.
Now before you double over in laughter, hear me out. Columbus has a history when it comes to Professional Women’s Basketball. The Columbus Quest of the ABL played here in Columbus from 1996-1998. The Quest was the league’s most successful franchise & won two championships. Over 6,000 showed up for the team’s deciding game in the 1998 ABL Championship.
The Ohio State Women’s Basketball Team also has a history of success, turning out great players like Katie Smith (who also played for the Quest) and currently, Kelsey Mitchell.
Let’s be honest. Columbus has a very diverse population and an audience looking for more than just Ohio State Football these days. I think the WNBA could carve out a fan base here. Plus, Nationwide Arena could use another tenant to fill in open dates outside of Blue Jackets hockey.
What do you think? Could Columbus support a WNBA team?