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Old 02-16-2011, 12:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This would be AWESOME! CP3 in Van-City... he'd prob bolt lol

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Owner Of Canucks Hoping To Purchase Hornets, Move Club To Vancouver

Canucks Sports and Entertainment chairman Francesco Aquilini has been looking for five years a franchise that can be purchased and moved to Vancouver.

Sources say Aquilini is looking into the Hornets, who are currently owned by the NBA.

During an interview this week, commissioner David Stern said Vancouver is one of several markets interested in a relocated NBA franchise.

Stern listed Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Anaheim and Tampa/St. Petersburg as markets with NBA-ready facilities. Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, owned by the Canucks, would qualify as well.

“I have regrets about both Seattle and Vancouver,” Stern said.

The Grizzlies left Vancouver in 2001 after just six seasons.

Aquilini’s interest in an NBA team dates to 2005.

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Old 02-16-2011, 12:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes please bring a NBA team back to Vancouver; we can finally have another franchise to cheer for instead of raptors.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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In before jeff claims there's no chance.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd love to have another NBA team in Canada - this should be a challenge for MLSE when half of Raps fans gonna root for Vancouver. Better start getting good players and hit the luxury tax otherwise they gonna lose fans in the near future.
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Not a chance...
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow , u know the grizzlies first left Vancouver, because of a very bad record and because ppl down there wernt that interested in basketball and at 1 point they wanted the grizzlies to leave. Now times have changed and ppl from vancouver wont stop bitchin and whining of how they what their team back and etc... the same thing with seattle, less ppl were gettin interested in the team, because they dealt ray allen and rashard lewis away, now they see kevin durant and OKC and they also wish they had their team back. Im 95% sure that the hornets gonna end up in Kansas City, mainly cuz if hornets go to vancouver, then Cp3 goes, the team starts to lose a lot, and then the fans just gonna want them gone. Same with seattle. Folks up in the west coast have no patience in their teams.
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:31 AM   #8 (permalink)
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who would be the owner in Kansas City?
could be just a ploy to drive price up.

Anyway, bring NBA to Vancouver!
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Old 02-16-2011, 02:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I wonder if the Globe and Mail actually contacted the canuck owners, then I would say Vancouver has a legit chance at geting a NBA club back

but its hard to know how serious they really are, you can't go off what Stern said in a random NBA sportsguy Bill Simmons Podcast,

It just sounds the reporter listen to the interview and then decided to write a story about it before verifying with the Canuck Owners

Portland and Indiania both used the threat of moving to threaten there own cities instead of being serious about moving ot Vancouver in the first place

by the way if we get a team i'll be purchasing season tickets
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Sweet! We are totally isolated up here in the Northwest, we could use a neighbor
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hopefully this happens.

I'd be all over season tickets if we got a team.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:12 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I can't see this happening. Within the next 10 years that is.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:49 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Just saw this online.

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With a good chance that at least a third of the teams in the National Basketball Association will lose money this season, interested parties have been sniffing about teams bleeding red as possible relocation candidates. One of them is from Vancouver, according to commissioner David Stern.

"We've had visits from, believe it or not, Vancouver, where the Canucks are absolutely doing a spectacular job there," Stern said, in a Tuesday podcast with ESPN personality Bill Simmons.

"I have regrets about Vancouver and Seattle."

The NBA pulled the plug on both cities -the Vancouver Grizzlies, in 2001, and the Seattle SuperSonics in 2008. The Grizzlies ended up in Memphis, where they continue to lose money, though not to the same degree as they did in Vancouver, from 1995-2001, when the Canadian dollar was worth 65 cents US. After 41 years in Seattle, the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City and were reborn as the Thunder when the team couldn't get the city to subsidize a new arena.

"I think that, maybe or maybe not on my watch, when Seattle has plans for a new building, that's a very prime city for an NBA franchise," Stern said.

"We've been visited or contacted by three different groups that are putting up a building in Las Vegas ... We've had visits from Anaheim."

Stern went on to talk about Pittsburgh, Kansas City, St. Louis and Tampa-St. Petersburg -all cities that might make sense for relocating the New Orleans Hornets -a failing team bought by the league for $310 million. Except that Stern wants to keep the Hornets there.

"We want to make it as difficult as possible to move it [New Orleans] or relocate it," he said.

Anyone possibly looking to buy and move an NBA franchise to Vancouver will have to pass muster with Canucks Sports and Entertainment, the operators of Rogers Arena. Of course, the most logical owners would be the Aquilini family, who could promote synergies and coordinate two professional sports teams, the Canucks and Grizzlies, as Orca Bay Sports did from 1995-2001, in the same arena.

"Whether it's basketball or whatever opportunities, we'd be doing a disservice to our fans and potential fans if we're not looking at ways to build the business and enhance the fan experience," says Victor DeBonis, the COO of Canucks Sports and Entertainment.

"We're looking at event opportunities all the time. The city is growing. The demographics are very broad. The demand may be there for alternative opportunities.

"I think the challenge is that the affinity for basketball isn't as widespread as hockey," DeBonis added. "First and foremost, our priority is with the hockey team. That is our primary business. We have a very, very solid foundation there, and we never want to lose focus."

Vancouver businessman Arthur Griffiths, who committed millions to building GM Place (now Rogers Arena) in 1995 and came up with the $125-million US franchise fee for an NBA team, remains bitter that the Grizzlies packed up for Memphis in 2001 after the sale of the team from John McCaw to Chicago businessman Michael Heisley.

"The reality is he [Heisley] had every intention of bankrupting and alienating the fan base, not marketing the team, and presenting the argument that basketball wouldn't work in Vancouver," Griffiths said.

"That's hogwash. I think the NBA has to take some responsibility for turning its back on the city. And Heisley misled fans deliberately before he moved the team."

Heisley told Vancouver Sun sportswriter Brad Ziemer last year he lost more than $40 million US in his one season in Vancouver, 2000-2001. He continues to lose money in Memphis, about $92 million in the first eight seasons, and the Grizzlies are one of the least valuable teams in the NBA at $257 million.

Noah Croom, the former Grizzlies assistant GM turned player agent, believes Seattle would have first dibs on a franchise relocation over Vancouver. As North America's 24th largest TV market, Vancouver is a low-priority target in the NBA's eyes, Croom suggests.

"Other than being a nice place, Vancouver doesn't add much to the pot," he says. "They [NBA] can make more money someplace else. Anaheim or Seattle. Kansas City has a new building. Las Vegas is mentioned often. All of those would generate more leaguewide revenue than a team in Vancouver. It's possible, but not likely."

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I kinda laugh at the notion that Anaheim would add 'more money' to the pot. How many more teams need to relocated in California? Sacramento is already thinking of bolting.

And Las Vegas would be doomed. Seattle makes sense as they should've never left there in the first place. Vancouver makes a lot of sense seeing how the Canadian economy is doing well and I'd argue they'd be making money which is good for the NBA. I do think that it's a matter of time before Vancouver gets a team back. Too many franchises right now are struggling.
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I kinda laugh at the notion that Anaheim would add 'more money' to the pot. How many more teams need to relocated in California? Sacramento is already thinking of bolting.

It's not even the number of teams in California for me. It would be the THIRD team in greater Los Angeles.

I still stand by my preference that some of these struggling teams just need to contract instead of relocate.
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It's not even the number of teams in California for me. It would be the THIRD team in greater Los Angeles.

I still stand by my preference that some of these struggling teams just need to contract instead of relocate.
I agre. No league outside of the NFL should have 30 teams. There will always be 4-5 team at least that lose money and the overall talent is watered down.
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I agre. No league outside of the NFL should have 30 teams. There will always be 4-5 team at least that lose money and the overall talent is watered down.
You could say that the NFL has watered down as well. The NFL has enough teams losing crap load of money too.

Place teams where there's a market and a demand for them. Why would anyone relocate to Kansas City? It makes no sense? Because they have a new arena there no one is using? That's the reason?

Enter strong economic markets.

And fancy, I should've clarified, yes, the third team in the LA region is ridiculous seeing how the Clippers have continuously struggled against the Lakers.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:54 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I can see Las Vegas or Pitsburgh making a good go of it.
Would love to see a B-Ball team come back to canada, but sadly i doubt it would happen.
Maybe MOntreal?
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honestly if vancouver does indeed get a new team, i hope they learned their lesson and hopefully they start supporting the team
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why is there a sense that the people of Vancouver didn't support the team? because they did. The attendance in Vancouver was actually pretty good. If i remember correctly it dipped once they knew the team was leaving, but for the most part before that Vancouver was drawing decent crowds.

It wasn't fan support. The thing that killed the GRizzlies was years of completely inept management and constant basketball minded mistakes.
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