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The Kansas City Hornets of the NBA?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Deeper_Background, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    As the NBA moves toward buying the New Orleans Hornets, a league source has identified a potential administrator to run the team on an interim basis -- Jac Sperling, vice chairman of the Minnesota Wild.

    Sperling would be charged by the NBA with running the Hornets while overseeing their sale to a permanent buyer. The league has said it wants to keep the franchise in New Orleans, but the team can opt out of its lease if it averages less than 14,213 fans over a span of 13 home games from Dec. 1 to Jan. 17, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The 13-5 Hornets were averaging 13,826 with four more games to go before the deadline.

    These developments follow SI's original report last week that the league discussed during its October board of governors meeting a takeover of the Hornets from owner George Shinn, who wants to unload the team but hasn't been able to find a buyer.

    Two league sources tell SI.com they expect the NBA to take control of the Hornets soon. "It could happen within 48 hours,'' said one of the sources on Saturday.

    If the Hornets were to move, possible new locations would include Kansas City, Anaheim and Chicago, which is the third-largest market in the country yet has only one NBA franchise.

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/basketball/nba/12/05/hornets.takeover/index.html#ixzz17IfedR4i
  2. mb

    mb Active Member

    George Shinn.

    Fuck that guy.
  3. ucacm

    ucacm Active Member

    If the city wanted to keep the team, couldn't it just buy a few thousand tickets to inflate the average?
  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    They should move to Jacksonville. [/crossthreading]
  5. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Three cities mentioned as possible locations for the Hornets and no mention of Seattle?
  6. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    No new arena in Seattle means no NBA in Seattle. It's bullshit, but it's how they operate.
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Need a new arena up there before they go back to Seattle. K.C. has a nice new AEG arena.
  8. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Somehow I doubt Chicago is longing for a second team.
  9. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    New Orleans probably has a few more important things to buy before they worry about buying NBA tickets.
  10. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Move it back to Charlotte. They have a new arena. :)
  11. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    KC will give it to them rent free and any prospective owners could take most of the concession money for the first couple years as well.
  12. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    The Kansas City Hornets of the NBA? Would they play the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA as well?
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