Jenni Carlson: Could Oklahoma City support another pro sports team?

by Jenni Carlson Modified: June 14, 2011 at 11:51 am •  Published: June 14, 2011
The Oklahoman sports columnist Jenni Carlson answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at

On other professional sports that could be successful in Oklahoma City:

Football is the obvious choice because this is a football state, but would fans really be willing to go to college games on Saturday, then pay for pro tickets on Sunday? I'm not sure the entertainment dollar would stretch that far here. Frankly, if OKC didn't have the NBA, I could see the NHL working OK. It's not during football season, for the most part, which I think is a must for a pro sport to work in this state. All in all, I'd say that OKC needs to stick with one pro sport for now. I just don't think the population base or the economic climate is enough to support a second pro team.

On what Miami Heat star LeBron James must improve to win an NBA title:

A couple things struck me about him -- he doesn't have a good enough outside shot to shoot as many outside shots as he does. It just isn't consistent. If he is going to shoot that many long jumpers and threes, he just has to get better. Chat Recap: Jenni Carlson

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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