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STERN STANDS GROUND ON TICKET GOAL FOR NEW NBA FRANCHISES
Published November 3, 1994
At yesterday's NBA telephone press conference, NBA Commissioner David Stern was asked if the franchise would be revoked from either Vancouver or Toronto if the 12,500 season ticket goal is not met by 12/31/94, Stern said simply: "Yes." When asked to elaborate: "I'm reaching back to our Orlando situation and I remember Orlando was somewhat short of the goal and I remember Orlando calling and asking whether the committee [meant exactly or approximately 10,000], and the response at that time from the committee was 'no.'... Historically, [the committee] has enforced the agreement" (THE DAILY). In Vancouver, Neil Campbell also notes that Stern "hinted that he is growing impatient with the Raptors' here-today, gone-tomorrow plans for a downtown Toronto arena. ... The usually precise Stern seemed somewhat confused when discussing the Raptors' arena situation, sounding very much like a man who has heard so many different stories he is having trouble fitting them all together" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/3).