Group wants NBA expansion team in Montreal
A push is on by a group out of Quebec, Canada to have an NBA franchise in Quebec. The efforts might be for nothing, however, as the NBA currently isn't considering any expansion. If those plans are changed, at least the group will be ready.
The idea was started by Michael Fortier, a former federal cabinet minister and senator. He indicated this past Wednesday that he had spoken to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and said that the group has "taken the decision to prepare for when expansion does take place." He added that supporters of a possible expansion team in Montreal have already started reaching out to Canadian and foreign investors in an attempt to drum up financial backing.
Fortier believes that it will take between $1.5 and $2 billion to land a team. He expects it to be managed without the need of any public funds and said that a new team already has a home. He has apparently spoken with Geoff Molson, owner of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens, who has agreed, in theory, to allow an NBA team to play at the Canadiens' home arena, Bell Centre.
If a new NBA team is added to the lineup anytime soon, it will more than likely be in Washington State. Rumors are that Seattle is considered to be a favorite for an expansion team, bolstered by the loss it suffered when the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. Since it appears that Seattle could soon be home to an NHL franchise, the rumors could be true.