The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

31 January 2006

I think we can take this as official

From (and how come it isn't

NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today that the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets will return to the Ford Center in Oklahoma City to play 35 home games during the 2006-07 regular season. The Hornets will play six regular season games at the New Orleans Arena.

"While the NBA and the Hornets remain committed to returning to New Orleans, we have agreed with Louisiana and SMG officials that, for now, our collective interests are best served by having the team play the bulk of its 2006-07 schedule in Oklahoma City," Stern said. "However, we are hopeful that the team will be in a position to return to New Orleans full time beginning in the 2007-08 season."

In addition, Stern announced that the league will enter exclusive negotiations with city and state officials to hold the 2008 NBA All Star Game in New Orleans.

Which I, cynical to the last, read as "You have to give us something."

From my New Year's odds:

The Hornets will return to New Orleans for 2006-07: 1-8

Like that was difficult.

Posted at 6:55 PM to Net Proceeds

A WHOIS search reveals that is owned by the National Basketball Association; not sure why they don't have it activated to redirect to the site.

I could have sworn that both the NBA and NHL had, in the early days of the commercial InterWeb, set up their dot-net domains as branded properties (as both sports incorporate nets as critical parts of their games). I do remember the NBA promoting its website as being "nothing but 'net". But looking at both through says I'm mis-remembering.

Posted by: CT at 9:21 PM on 31 January 2006

I remember once thinking that it would be cool to own the domain; someone thought that before I did, of course.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:35 PM on 31 January 2006