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Old 03-05-2007, 11:35 AM
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When the Xplosion joined this league, we were awarded the All-Star game in Pittsburgh for next year. I still have that article, from before the season. I read the article in today's Yakama Herald about that city being given the event, with no reason given. This makes me wonder if it is actually true, since the All-Star game represents a committment to that city. I don't know where the Herald collected facts, but if true, it means that the CBA has broken their promise to Pittsburgh and I can only hope that the story is false or they award another for the following season. Before the fans of Yakama celebrate, I would advise them to investigate the story first. If true, I would consider this to be robbery to us here in Pittsburgh.
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Old 03-05-2007, 11:47 AM
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I was at the game, and one of the owners announced it. Maybe it is an attempt by the league to keep Yakima from jumping to the d-league. I can't imagine that would be incentive stay.
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Old 03-05-2007, 12:29 PM
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When the Xplosion joined this league, we were awarded the All-Star game in Pittsburgh for next year. I still have that article, from before the season. I read the article in today's Yakama Herald about that city being given the event, with no reason given. This makes me wonder if it is actually true, since the All-Star game represents a committment to that city. I don't know where the Herald collected facts, but if true, it means that the CBA has broken their promise to Pittsburgh and I can only hope that the story is false or they award another for the following season. Before the fans of Yakama celebrate, I would advise them to investigate the story first. If true, I would consider this to be robbery to us here in Pittsburgh.
...or it may mean that Pittsburgh is not capable of hosting an all*star game. Remember what I said about Pittsburgh's ability to sell season tickets before July? Yeah, yeah I know I don't live in Pittsburgh, but there have been several Pittsburghs in the midwest recently...including Fort Wayne. Remember Gary before the 2006 CBA season? They got a late start marketing (as late as after the first week of July) and they never really caught-up. Had there been continuous team operations, the Steelheads would be in the NBADL today (which may be a blessing in disguise).

We'll see if I have a clue or if you need to live in the Pittsburgh metro area to understand the situation there.

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Old 03-05-2007, 12:50 PM
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to that, kg, but they should have picked the following year. You said you were there when the owners announced it. I still don't hear anything about league involvement.

Typical response, Ken.
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Old 03-05-2007, 03:51 PM
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I dont think the owners of the soon to be CBA champion SunKings, would announce this info on a whim.
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Old 03-05-2007, 06:21 PM
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Yakima will host it next year and Pitt the year after that
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Old 03-05-2007, 06:47 PM
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I contacted the league about it. Pittsburgh will be hosting the following year so they can add more events to it. Yakama has it in 08.
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:28 AM
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When the Xplosion joined this league, we were awarded the All-Star game in Pittsburgh for next year. I still have that article, from before the season. I read the article in today's Yakama Herald about that city being given the event, with no reason given. This makes me wonder if it is actually true, since the All-Star game represents a committment to that city. I don't know where the Herald collected facts, but if true, it means that the CBA has broken their promise to Pittsburgh and I can only hope that the story is false or they award another for the following season. Before the fans of Yakama celebrate, I would advise them to investigate the story first. If true, I would consider this to be robbery to us here in Pittsburgh.
It's only a robbery if someone reports it.

Seriously, "sticking up for your team" and all that is terrific and all, but let's get realistic: Yakama consistently draws fans. Pittsburgh does not. Nor are you likely to. Blah blah blah hackles up blah blah blah. But the truth is that Pittsburgh's organization has struggled to sell tickets, whether you trot out the "I've seen improvement" line or not.

If they decided Yakama would be a better host, then so be it. Rather they change their minds and make a change now than have a poorly-attended game next year.
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Old 03-06-2007, 12:13 PM
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I respect your thoughts, Sam, but we will have the All-Star game here in 09(if you read my previous post).
I appreciate those who have expressed their support for us. For all the nay sayers, one season does not make a lifetime. I'm sure your teams have had bad seasons before and this is ours. The Xplosion will come back stronger!!
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:02 PM
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I think there are a couple reasons why the game was moved, more so a combination of some things some of you touched on before.

I feel that this is a league thatís got a lot of pride and history, and itís no secret that they have taken a hit and are at a low point. This is the signature event for the league. And I feel that having one of its flagship cities host the event puts up more of a positive spin. I understand itís pretty disappointing for you X fans and it was good of the league to guarantee (maybe?) Pit for 09. And a sound business decision because I think Pits will have a stronger fan base by the time.

Thatís my 2 cents.
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