Morris: Vancouver rumors baseless

May 21, 2009
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pacersI try not to jump into the grind of the rumor mill too often. But the most recent rumblings about the Indiana Pacers were becoming just a little too loud to ignore. is reporting that Francesco Aquilini, owner of the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks, is expressing interest in buying the Pacers and moving the franchise north of the border.

Pacers co-owner Herb Simon is seeking $15 million annually from the Capital Improvement Board to help operate city-owned Conseco Fieldhouse. Simon said his team will lose $30 million this year, and some within Indianapolis have begun to wonder how long the Simon family will want to endure these steep financial loses—especially if the city declines to come to the team’s aid. surmised that Simon could be trying to use Aquilini as leverage to get a better deal out of the CIB. The report likened the Pacers’ current situation to that of the Seattle SuperSonics’ a couple years ago, when Sonics ownership started talking with interests from Oklahoma. I laughed off the whole thing, but then a Vancouver media outlet called me to get my thoughts. Then another. So, I said enough, and decided to do what the Vancouver media should have done in the first place. I called the Pacers, and got a prompt return call from team President Jim Morris, who said there is “no truth” to the story.

“Herb has never talked to [Aquilini], and doesn’t know the fellow,” Morris said. “This whole thing is completely false. Our intention is, and always has been, to keep this franchise here.”

Case closed. For now.
  • Why would the NBA allow a team to go back to Vancouver when they did not support the Grizzlies? I think the report is as bogus as the claims by more believable media like ESPN and The Star that Irsay was in talks to move the Colts to LA. Those were false as will these. The Simons would not try to extort the City. This is all just online blogs mouthing off in the slow season.
  • The Simons would not try to extort the City. Hmmm?
  • The SImons saved the Pacers close to 30 years ago. Not to mention all the charitable things they have done for Indianapolis. I guess some people are NEVER satisfied.
  • Indyman, you're so dead on.

    Reading all the crap on so many blogs and posts reminds me that just because something is written, does not make it true.

    Say what you want about the IBJ, the Star, and local tv newsrooms, but they have professionals who know how to write, spell, ask questions, filter out bias and BS (for the most part), and present it in a fair and timely manner. Some may not like what they read and see, and would rather kill the messenger, to them, I say click on Fox News Channel, MSNBC, or stick to your blogs and posts.

    The internet is filled with mindless, groundless, and sometimes very nasty bull. Thank God and the USA for professional newsrooms, and may they recover from this recession. Otherwise, who will ask the questions, search for balance, and expose fiction, for what it is?
  • But the most recent rumblings about the Indiana Pacers were becoming just a little too loud to ignore.

    Really? A single, garbage post a junk website, with no backup, is too loud for you to ignore? Anthony, when you couple your article with your ridiculous non-story on the IRL folding, you make Kravitz appear to be a journalist.
  • Parkershade:

    Really? If I want to hear something from the national media that attempts to get both sides, I would listen to Fox News. MSNBC - you have to be kidding.....NY Times - who can trust them anymore???? Talk about a formerly great news source falling from grace......

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