Canucks owner throws cold water on ESPN’s NBA-to-Vancouver prediction

Oh, did I forget to mention that there are rumors that if the Sacramento Kings move, it’ll be to Vancouver? That’s what ESPN’s Ric Bucher said on Monday (citing as a source — I am not making this up — the “NBA coconut-telegraph”), and yesterday Vancouver Canucks and Rogers Arena owner Francesco Aquilini fanned the flames by saying:

“I can tell you we don’t have any plans to bring an NBA team to Vancouver.”

Er. Well. Not so much for the flame-fanning then. But Aquilini did add that Vancouver has an arena ready to go, one that would be happy to host basketball, and that when the Vancouver Grizzlies played there, “there just wasn’t enough market support. If there was, they wouldn’t have left in the first place.”

Okay, this Aquilini guy is not playing along with the rumor mill at all. Man, is he going to be surprised when his coconut-telegraph rings and it’s David Stern on the line, cursing him out. In Morse code.


6 comments on “Canucks owner throws cold water on ESPN’s NBA-to-Vancouver prediction

  1. I wonder if this is him playing possum: I don’t think the Grizzlies lacked for fan support considering how bad they were. Where they really hurt was in the exchange rate – had the Canadian dollar traded at par like it is today I don’t know if the Grizzlies would have left.

    I can imagine for the right price the Canucks would gladly add another tenant to boost dates at Rogers Arena. If the acquisition price is high I can image the Canucks are in no rush.

  2. The Grizzlies real problem wasn’t as much the market as it was the owners. Of course, you might say that about the Kings ownership in Sacramento.

    The Kings would do just fine in Vancouver. It’s getting them up there that’d be the problem.

  3. I was going to say that it’s no gain if it just displaces concerts, but then I looked at the Rogers Arena calendar – they hosted like five concerts all winter. Don’t people in Canada go to arena rock shows anymore? Rush must be so ashamed…

  4. Shhhh. You’re gonna kill my argument for a publicly funded arena in Milwaukee if you remind people that the arena concert business is fading.

  5. KJ has flown to Las Vegas, and I’m sure he doesn’t utter the word “Please??!!” even once.

    www.sacbee.com/2012/04/20/4430504/sacramento-mayor-flews-to-las.html

  6. “I wonder if this is him playing possum”

    I wonder the same thing too. Maybe he knows something that we don’t know and he can’t say it publicly.

    “I don’t think the Grizzlies lacked for fan support considering how bad they were.”

    I’ve heard the same thing, that the Grizzlies had the fan support despite the team’s losses on the court. The problem was the mismanagement of the team both on and off court. Than you had a new owner who didn’t even try to fix the problem. Instead he was intent to move the team to Memphis.

    “I was going to say that it’s no gain if it just displaces concerts, but then I looked at the Rogers Arena calendar – they hosted like five concerts all winter. Don’t people in Canada go to arena rock shows anymore? Rush must be so ashamed…”

    Pacific Coliseum where the Canucks used to play before moving to GM Place now called Rogers Arena is still open and some shows/events and some concerts have taken place there. So blame partly on the old arena still being open and taking some shows/events and some concerts away from Rogers Arena…..or is Rogers Arena charging a lot or overcharging to book shows/events/concerts there? hmmm……

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