Hornets could relocate
Old 12-01-2010, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If the Hornets do not average crowds of at least 14,213 for the next 13 games at the New Orleans Arena, the franchise can opt out of its current lease agreement with the state, according to Doug Thornton, vice president of SMG, the company that manages the Arena and the Superdome.

The Hornets and the state amended their lease agreement in 2007 to extend it through 2014, but an attendance benchmark of 14,735 was implemented. The franchise can opt out of the pact if the benchmark is not made over a period of two consecutive years during the agreement.

If the Hornets fail to reach the 14,735 benchmark average, they would be free to relocate but would have to pay the state a $10 million exit penalty. They also would have to inform the state of their intention no later than March 1, 2011.
Apparently, the attendance benchmark is back on the table for the New Orleans Hornets | NOLA.com
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't get why Seattle had to relocate to OKC. It should have been NO after that one season they spent there.
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't get why Seattle had to relocate to OKC. It should have been NO after that one season they spent there.
After Katrina Stern and the NBA made the call to stick it out in New Orleans as part of the whole rebuilding process. The city and area went to hell and back and keeping the team these was seen as a way to build morale and healing. It was the right thing to do.

but today is today and i would say probably enough time has passed that if it's not working (which it isn't) ownership should probably explore other options.

The issue with Seattle i believe was the arena wasn't cutting it and there was no plan to get a new one. OKC made sense because it worked there for a bit. Still don't think it's all that viable in the long run but time will tell.

I don't know, i think the NBA (like some other leagues) is pretty much operating with a few more teams than it should and the well is running dry when it comes to untapped market.

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Old 12-01-2010, 01:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The Sonics were sold because the government wouldn't pay for renovations to the existing arena.
The new ownership group then moved them because the government wouldn't foot the bill for a whole new arena.
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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They need to move a team back into Vancouver. I'm sure that the market is there.... just make sure that they get someone who KNOWS WTF they're doing this time.
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks for the details Acie.

i'm with TO in bringing Vancouver back in the mix. I mean if Seattle isn't going to get that arena stuff straightened out i guess they're out of the equation.

The other team that needs to move and fast is Memphis. Dead market from the start.
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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any team that goes to Seattle will still be called the Sonics
they still have the rights to that name
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Whatever happened to Las Vegas? I would still want the team to come to Vancouver, but there were a lot of rumblings about Las Vegas getting a team
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Give us back the Grizzlies and send the Hornets to Vegas.
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Whatever happened to Las Vegas? I would still want the team to come to Vancouver, but there were a lot of rumblings about Las Vegas getting a team
thats for Sacramento to move to if they dont get an arena
but Vegas doesnt have one either...yet
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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vancouver baby! it would be nice to have another canadian team to root for
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:29 PM   #13 (permalink)
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vancouver baby! it would be nice to have another canadian team to root for
How could anyone not want to play in Vancouver? Ignorance, I guess.



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How could anyone not want to play in Vancouver? Ignorance, I guess.



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Old 12-01-2010, 08:33 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:39 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Duh, i hope so.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:41 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I may be wrong on this...

But I'm pretty sure if the NBA brought a team to Montreal, that place would be ROCKING every single night...
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:39 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Vancouver is CityPlace X 10 :facepalm:
all those basic condos all over the place
but they do have a waterfront, something that we'll have in 20 years
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:39 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I may be wrong on this...

But I'm pretty sure if the NBA brought a team to Montreal, that place would be ROCKING every single night...
sure, on a night when the habs aren't playing. the basketball interest is there, but it's not strong enough to compete with the habs i don't think.
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:23 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Vancouver Hornets.....if they keep the same roster WOOOOO


but we all no thats not close to possible
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