In addition to being my 2nd favourite Canadian sports writer (sorry Bruce, but Stephen Brunt still clings to the top spot), Bruce Arthur is a Vancouver native with some personal family history with the NBA and Grizzlies fandom.
He’s pessimistic about an NBA future for Vancouver, recognizing that there really wasn’t any news in David Stern’s podcast comments. He feels the disillusionment with the Grizzlies experience is still too strong, and while he might be right, I think there are many younger fans (and diehards like me) who are way past that. As Matt Sekeres said on the Team 1040 this week, Raptors games in Toronto have a multi-cultural crowd whereas Leafs games are attended by old white guys. The basketball audience is much more representative of the entire population of Toronto, and I think the same would be true here.
A very good point against the NBA’s Vancouver potential was raised by John Winter of the BC Chamber of Commerce, who said that not only does Vancouver have relatively few corporate head offices, but most of them don’t sell consumer products and therefore wouldn’t benefit from advertising at sporting events.
As always, Bruce is worth the read.