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GRIZZLIES/RAPTORS SHOULD BE OFFICIAL TODAY
Published May 16, 1995
The expansion Grizzlies and Raptors were kept from officially joining the NBA Monday by a "couple of tiny details." According to NBA spokesperson Jan Hubbard, "a little bit of paperwork" still needs to be completed before the teams are official. The parties were in the process of exchanging $52.5M (just under half the expansion fee) in cash yesterday (CP/Vancouver SUN, 5/16). In Toronto, Terence Corcoran writes on the many "local political" problems that the Raptors have faced in trying to establish itself as an NBA franchise. According to Corcoran, "Politicians, planners, bureaucrats, real estate developers, architectural preservationists, historical board members, zoning wonks, site-line freaks, archaeologists, culture and tourism bureaucrats, and an assortment of anti-development activists and environmentalists have been circling the Raptors' plans for months now" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/16).